Vaginal Rejuvenation: What Does It All Mean?

Melissa Rudy on 29 Jul 2012 at 8:00am

vaginal rejuvenationYou may have heard the term “vaginal rejuvenation” being bandied about in the media—but what does this polite, seemingly innocuous term really mean? What actually happens down there?
We're here to shed a little light into the dark—er, recesses of vaginal rejuvenation, so you know what to expect when you ask your doc to restore your nether regions.

Labiaplasty: The bits you can see

This plastic surgery is half of the two-part procedure that makes up vaginal rejuvenation. Labiaplasty deals with the labia minora, or the inner, thinner parts.
The most common reasons for women to choose labiaplasty are defects, deformities, and distortion via childbirth, accidents, or aging. In short, your labia minora might be asymmetrical, stretched, dangling, torn, or otherwise unattractive or uncomfortable.
What happens: During labiaplasty, a surgeon reshapes your delicate unmentionables. Various techniques and instruments might be used, including Yag lasers, pinpoint cautery, fine scissors, or your basic surgical knife. Any incisions are closed with fine, absorbable sutures.
The whole procedure takes about an hour, and discomfort levels are sore but not agonizing for most patients. You should wait 4 to 6 weeks before engaging in sexual activity.

Vaginoplasty: The bits you can feel

Part two of vaginal rejuvenation is vaginoplasty. Designed to tighten your love canal, this reconstructive procedure usually corrects stretching caused by childbirth, but it's also done in cases of physical trauma, cancer, or congenital disease. Basically, it's like a face-lift for your vulva and vagina.
What happens: In a nutshell, your doc removes excess vaginal lining and tightens the muscle and soft tissue. Specifically, a diamond-shaped piece of tissue on the inside of your vagina is excised and pulled down to the outside. Sutures are used to bundle muscles together and narrow the opening. Your doc might also use a CO2 laser to tighten further and to smooth any irregularities.
This procedure also takes about an hour. Recovery time to intercourse can be as short as one week—but if you've also had labiaplasty, you'll have to wait the full 4 to 6 weeks.

G-shot: Enhancing your vaginal transformation

Otherwise known as G-spot augmentation or amplification, this procedure makes your hot button bigger and more sensitive. The effect is temporary, but the procedure can be repeated every 4 to 6 months.
What happens: The G-shot (sometimes called the O Shot) is a dermal filler procedure. After your G-spot is located, the doctor gives you a numbing local anesthetic, and injects engineered collagen right under it.
You're done in around ten minutes, and you can "test it out" within 24 hours.

Now that you know the ins and outs of vaginal rejuvenation, would ever consider any of these procedures? Or do they sound too risky and invasive?