The word ‘vaginal rejuvenation’ was popularised by cosmetic gynaecologist Dr David Matlock, and the term refers to – or used to refer – a quite extensive remodelling of the vagina.
The term has been repurposed by the cosmetic industry as more procedures have been developed for the vagina and vulva. It is used as a ‘hygienic’ and pretty marketing term that no longer means much in terms of the practicalities of vaginal rejuvenation procedures.
So what exactly did vaginal rejuvenation used to mean? It was a proprietary term made popular by Dr Matlock that refers to a procedure to rebuild the pelvic floor to adjust muscles, remove scar tissue, rebuild the vaginal opening and perineal body, and elevate the area between the anus and the vaginal opening. No mean feat. These days, vaginal rejuvenation means many other things – it refers to a handful of procedures that either improve the perceived aesthetics of or correct vulvar or vaginal tissue, including the original meaning.
Cosmetic or medical?
Vaginal rejuvenation techniques can fall into both cosmetic or medical procedures, but the lines can sure get blurry. This is why having an experienced practitioner with an interest in female genitalia doing your treatments is important (which is what you get at ENRICH in our Melbourne clinic). Treatments for rejuvenating vaginal cells can include the ThermiVa and Juliet lasers (used in our Intimate Program), but these energy-based treatments can also shrink labia and other surrounding tissue to provide mild aesthetic treatment in some women.
As we age, the labia can become saggy, just like the rest of us, so taking some extra steps to plump and firm the labia minora and majora can not only improve the look, but the feel. Tighter tissue means the possibility of improved sensitivity.
Dryness, sexual dysfunction and vaginal irritation can be improved using these energy-based treatments, with stress urinary incontinence having an excellent improvement rating. These devices do have limitations, however, and cannot reach deep into the vagina or pelvic floor to improve muscle and tissue function. Some of the best outcomes for these devices are in women with postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis symptoms (dryness, irritation, delicate tissue).
Vaginal rejuvenation is in its infancy as a valuable treatment for the pelvic organs. To make a confidential appointment with a doctor who understands your concerns and knows bodies, contact us.