What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal Rejuvenation is a cosmetic vaginal tightening surgical procedure. Most women, after 2 or 3 vaginal deliveries, will notice some loosening of the vagina. It may even be visible with the vagina having a triangular opening rather than being a vertical slit. Some women notice that they do not feel as tight during sex and often worry that their partners feels that too.
The perineal body – the strong fibrous tissue between the vagina and anus – gives strength to the posterior (back) wall of the vagina. The perineal body is often damaged in childbirth with tears or an episiotomy. Repair of the perineum gives support and narrows the vaginal opening.
The walls of the vagina may be so weakened that there is prolapse of the bladder backwards into the vagina and/or prolapse forward of the rectum into the vagina. Although Vaginal Rejuvenation is a related surgery – if you have these issues you should consult your Gynaecologist.
Who is a good candidate?
Someone concerned with the following characteristics:
- Loose, weak or stretched muscles due to the ageing process
- Stretched vaginal muscles resulting from childbirth
- To improve sexual function
Who is not a good candidate?
- Someone concerned with the following characteristics:
- Unrealistic expectations
Dr Oates performs Vaginal Rejuvenation at Academy Day Hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthetic. A pudendal block is used to give pain relief for up to 24 hours. The procedure of Vaginal Rejuvenation takes approximately 1 hour.
Skin will be excised from the posterior wall and opening of the vagina. It will be closed with dissolving sutures. A dissolvable or removable pack will be placed in the vagina at the end of surgery. It is possible to have other cosmetic vaginal surgeries such as Labia Minora/Majora Reduction, Labia Majora Augmentation or G-spot augmentation at the same time.
How long will I need off work?
Approximately 7 – 14 days off work
After Vaginal Rejuvenation it is normal to expect some discomfort, swelling, bruising and discharge/ooze after the procedure. You may need to include lots of fibre, fruit and vegetables in your diet to avoid constipation. Icepacks can be used on the area on and off for the first 48 hours.
Most people wait 6 weeks for sexual intercourse. After 4 weeks you may try gentle digital stretching using a lubricant. Many women like to use a small well lubricated dilator before having intercourse. Do not use tampons in the first 6 weeks.
Is there discomfort?
Discomfort can be managed with Panadeine Forte or Panadol.
Pre and post operative care
Your pre and post operative care is managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre operative assessment and post operative wound management.
Risk and complications
There is a small risk of complications with any surgical procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information on Vaginal Rejuvenation.
I am interested what now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with the doctor performing the procedure. If you have a referral you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If the doctor decides you are a suitable candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation and you want to go ahead, a booking for surgery and the pre operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting time is three to four weeks.
You may wish to speak to our nurse consultant prior to seeing the doctor. During this complimentary consultation, the nurse consultant can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your concern(s).
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