Vaginal rejuvenation refers to procedures that tighten or alter the appearance of the vagina. There are surgical and non-surgical options to consider when electing to undergo vaginal rejuvenation, depending upon the results you seek.

 Vaginoplasty versus ThermiVa

Vaginoplasty is a surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure. Your gynecologic surgeon makes an internal incision along the rear floor of your vagina, remove extra tissue and tighten the muscles. In addition, labiaplasty may be performed in conjunction with vaginoplasty.  During labiaplasty, the external lips of the vagina are reshaped. Following the one to two hour procedure, you will spend another hour in recovery before your gynecologic surgeon releases you to go home.

A nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation option is ThermiVa. A specially designed wand delivers radio frequency energy that gently heats the tissues around your external labia and vulva, as well as the internal vaginal walls to rejuvenate collagen production and tighten the tissues. While many women report noticeable results after one session, for optimal results your gynecologic surgeon will likely recommend three 15-30 minute sessions within the first three months.

Recovering from Vaginoplasty and ThermiVa                       

The first day or two following vaginoplasty, you may experience some discomfort, light bleeding, swelling, and bruising. You should plan to spend the first couple of days at home, with most women able to return to work after two to three days. Stitches will dissolve within 30-45 days. After six weeks, you may resume normal activity, including sexual intercourse.

ThermiVa does not require any recovery time following treatment. This non-invasive procedure is pain-free, although you may experience some redness and mild swelling in the treatment area. You may continue all normal activity immediately following the procedure.

Results Following Vaginoplasty and ThermiVa                     

After vaginoplasty, you will notice a tighter feeling in your vaginal canal. Any vaginal laxity or stress urinary incontinence you previously experienced will be greatly reduced. If you also opted for labiaplasty, the inner and outer lips of the vagina will have a tighter, neater appearance, as well.

While the results following ThermiVa may not be as dramatic following each session, over time you should notice a tighter look and feel to the internal and external vaginal area. The procedure reduces laxity and sagging in the internal vaginal tissues and external vulva and labia. Other benefits of ThermiVa include decreased dryness and reduced urinary incontinence.

If you are considering vaginoplasty or ThermiVa, call our office to discuss your desired results.

 Childbirth After Vaginal Rejuvenation

If you plan to have more children following vaginal rejuvenation, you may experience re-loosening of the vaginal muscles and tissues- since childbirth stretches the vaginal canal. As a result, it is recommended you wait to undergo vaginoplasty until after you are finished having children. Scarring from previous vaginoplasty procedures can make revisions more complicated and reduce your likelihood of achieving optimal results.

Unlike vaginoplasty, ThermiVa can be performed multiple times without issues. In fact, single maintenance treatments may be administered every 9-12 months. So, ThermiVa is an option for vaginal rejuvenation- even if you desire more children.

Talk to Dr. Nathan T. Thomas to see if vaginoplasty or ThermiVa is an option for you.