There are a few different types of vaginal surgery, ranging from the purely cosmetic to the deeply structural and functional.
Many women are now seeking reconstructive vaginal surgery that either augments natural vaginal tissue in some way (like a labiaplasty) or tightens up underlying structures to provide relief from prolapse or stretched/torn tissue. Vaginal surgery really does vary incredibly, from the nonsurgical non-invasive laser and radiofrequency tightening and rejuvenating treatments, to full pelvic or vaginal surgery.
Vaginal tightening and vaginal rejuvenation
As you can imagine, these terms are used loosely and interchangeably (not scientifically), depending on who you talk to. Cosmetic clinics usually opt for ‘vaginal rejuvenation’, as it is a broad umbrella term for what can be done in clinic (as opposed to full vaginal surgery). Vaginal rejuvenation is the polite term used for a huge variety of modifications and can include vaginal tightening and/or vaginal surgery. We use it to describe nonsurgical non-invasive energy-based vaginal treatments.
Vaginal tightening can be achieved in some women who do not have severe laxity or other issues with the Juliet laser and the ThermiVa radiofrequency devices, used in tandem for maximum effect. These devices (as part of our Intimate Program) work best on women who are experiencing genitourinary symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness or irritation, and those who are suffering stress urinary incontinence after childbirth or due to tissue weakness. We advise using these treatments in conjunction with a good pelvic floor exercise routine for best results.
In some women, noticeable vaginal tightening occurs after these treatments, which can go hand in hand with improved vaginal function (increased natural lubrication, sexual responsiveness, friction). Each of you will require a personal consultation, so contact our Melbourne clinic for an appointment with our caring specialist vaginal care doctors.
Labiaplasty is the name given to surgical removal or augmentation of the labia minora or major (inner and/or outer labia), a commonly performed vaginal surgery. A labiaplasty often includes a reduction of one or both labia minora (inner labia) or majora (outer labia).
Some women develop sagging labia over time, maybe with childbirth or age (which can cause collagen loss and sagging). Other women may have been born with naturally large labia that can cause a functional issue in certain types of clothing (with rubbing, falling out) and some activities (sex, bike riding). Most women who see a doctor about labiaplasty have some sort of functional change they are after, as opposed to simply disliking their large labia, though this can be part of it.
Labiaplasty is, for all its emotional implications, quite a fast surgery, with a quick recovery time. Patient satisfaction is high.
We do not perform labiaplasty at our Melbourne clinic.
A vaginoplasty is a bigger vaginal surgery that can include muscles, tendons and other structural components of the vagina and pelvis, which may have been altered over time or during childbirth and been unable to repair itself. Often a vaginoplasty is combined with a perineoplasty, and may involve a prolapse. Vaginal surgery is a last resort, but can be lifechanging when successful.
We do not perform vaginoplasty at our Melbourne clinic.
The perineum can be damaged multiple ways, for example during childbirth or with an episiotomy, resulting in poorer function, including an increase in vaginal opening size. Sex can become less enjoyable due to a lack of friction, the area becomes loose, and it can become uncomfortable.
A form of vaginal surgery, the perineoplasty, restores malformed tissue, strengthening the perineum so normal function can be returned to the area, including during sex.
We do not perform perineoplasty at our Melbourne clinic.
Clitoral hood reduction
Sometimes excess skin of the clitoral hood can cause the vulva to look uneven or large, which can occur for a few reasons, including hormone imbalances. This can cause discomfort, with some women disliking the appearance of an enlarged clitoral hood and opting for vaginal surgery to correct it. Sensation is not altered, since the clitoris itself is not touched.
We do not perform clitoral hood reductions or hymenoplasty at our Melbourne clinic.
A less commonly performed vaginal surgery includes the hymenoplasty, where a hymen is fashioned out of vulvar or vaginal tissue, to give the impression of ‘virginity’ upon first sex or examination by a doctor.
We can rejuvenate your vagina and vulva without a single cut.
Contact our Melbourne clinic