What is the difference between a Femilift, Vaginoplastic and vaginal rejuvenation?

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What is the difference between a Femilift, Vaginoplastic and vaginal rejuvenation

Great question as these can be confusing.A vaginoplasty and vaginal rejuvenation is usually referred in the same context.  Both are usually understood to be a surgical vaginal tightening procedure and are used interchangeably.A femilift is a non surgical Fractional CO2 laser by Alma used to tighten the vaigna, help with urinary incontinence as well as vaginal atrophy and improving lubrication.The main difference is one is a surgical procedure used to tighten the vaigna only.  the surgical approach will get better lighting results then the laser however it does carry some post op pain and downtime.The other is a non surgical device used to moderately tighten the vagina and help with urinary incontience as well as improving vaginal atrophy. This procedure carries no down time and is painless.

Differences in Vaginoplaty and FemiLift

Certainly can be a confusing issue.  Basically a Vaginoplasty involves a surgical procedure either in the office or in the hospital. It may be considered for more severe stretching of the vagina as tissue can be removed and muscle tightening done.  FemiLift is a great alternative if you have vaginal laxity without marked droppage of your bladder or cervix.  I have seen patients report a marked tightening of the vagina with better sexual satisfaction.  In addition it can also correct vaginal dryness and improve on mild urinary leakage with activity or coughing/sneezing.  My suggestion is to get an evaluation by a GYN who is knowledgable in both areas.

What is the difference between FemiLift/MonaLisa/ThermiVa, Surgical Vaginoplasty, and Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Thanks for asking, Linda-- great question actually, and it deserves a thorough answer.
FemiLift is a fractional CO2 intra-vaginal laser device which produces a re-surfacing of the vaginal lining and a VERY slight amount of tightening, in addition to helping quite a bit with mild urinary stress incontinence if applied correctly to the upper vagina. FemiLift alone is worthless as a good pelvic floor strengthening agent, but may be added on to a surgical pelvic floor reconstruction/tightening procedure to improve urinary continence. (*See FemiLift page on my website.)
Vaginoplasty is the term given to a pelvic floor surgical procedure, performed either in-hospital under a general anesthetic or, by 2-3 highly skilled docs in the U.S. in their office under "local" anesthesia, whereby the lower 2/3's of the vaginal canal is tightened, the "levator" muscles of the pelvis are brought together to re-build and strengthen the pelvic floor, the muscles at the vaginal outlet are brought together and strengthened/elevated to "rebuild" the perineal body, and the vaginal opening/vulvar vestibule and perineum are aesthetically reconstructed for a more pleasing appearance. (More correctly termed "vaginoplasty + perineoplasty")
"Vaginal Rejuvenation" ("VRJ") is a strange bird. The term was coined ~ 10 years ago by one of the scions of genital plastics, Dr. David Matlock of Los Angeles as a marketing term, and the unfortunate name has stuck. The problem with this term is: what the heck does it mean, it is so vague. As usually roughly translated, VRJ means the same as perineoplasty + vaginoplasty, but can mean different things to different surgeons. Most legitimate pelvic reconstructive surgeons prefer the more specific term "vaginoplasty," but I know some superb surgeons who also use VRJ. If your surgeon uses the term, pin him or her down re: exactly which procedures they consider part of a VRJ...
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Difference between FemiLift and Vaginal Rejuvenation

Femilift is a CO2 laser which resurfaces the vaginal walls to stimulate collagen regeneration resulting in improved vaginal lubrication and support. This results in improved vaginal sensation/tightness for both you and your partner, reduced stress urinary incontinence, and less vaginal dryness due to atrophy. It is an excellent non-surgical option for women with vaginal relaxation symptoms such as looseness and incontinence. However, not everyone is a candidate since the damage from vaginal deliveries may be so great that surgery is the better option. These women would need surgical vaginal tightening, known as Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation or Vaginoplasty.  You should consult with a urogynecologist, experienced in both reconstructive and cosmetic vaginal surgery, to determine if FemiLift, non-surgical Laser Vaginal Tightening, is an option for you. It's a great treatment for women who want additional children or want to avoid surgery. See link below for additional information regarding vaginal rejuvenation. 

Oscar A. Aguirre, MD
Denver Urogynecologist
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The differences between FemiLift, vaginoplasty, and vaginal rejuvenation are

FemiLift is a nonsurgical treatment targeted at tightening a loose vaginal canal, improving vaginal atrophy of the menopause, and improving mild urinary incontinence. It's effects are temporary and the procedure is done in a series of sessions, then repeated annually if desired. Vaginoplasty and vaginal rejuvenation are two common and synonymous terms for surgical tightening of the vaginal canal, but they were created before nonsurgical vaginal treatments like FemiLift existed. So now there are two types of vaginal rejuvenation in the world - nonsurgical (FemiLift), and surgical (vaginoplasty). Surgical vaginal tightening is tighter, stronger and longer lasting (usually permanent) than nonsurgical and only needs to be done once. It has no effect on vaginal atrophy and sometimes an indirect effect on urinary incontinence which is hard to predict.

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