According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more women are seeking vaginal rejuvenation surgery than ever before. But why is this?
First, what is vaginal rejuvenation?
There are two types of vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation strengthens the perineum and may be especially useful for women who have had children; it also decreases both internal and external vaginal size. Laser vaginal rejuvenation is aimed at improving sexual satisfaction.
The second type of surgery is Designer Laser Vaginoplasty. This surgery is more aimed at improving the look of the labia, by removing excess bulges on the pubis, reducing the thickness of the labia minora, sculpting the labia majora, and creating uniform pigmentation.
Both these procedures cost thousands of dollars, but there is a low-cost alternative, soon-to-be available for three-hundred dollars: with Vaginal Contouring (or Vountouring), a machine called the Protege Intima is inserted into the vagina and uses a radio frequency to stimulate collagen production. This has been found to improve the appearance of the vagina, but rarely increases sexual satisfaction.
Why are so many women seeking vaginal rejuvenation?
Many women feel insecure about their vagina. Due to the trend of waxing the pubis, women are exposed like never before. And men notice if a woman’s vagina isn’t as pretty as he feels it should be. In fact, one in eight women receive negative comments about the appearance of their vagina from an intimate partner.
Additionally, more and more couples are introducing pornography to their relationships. The unrealistic standards of beauty set by women in pornography are difficult for most women to live up to. The increase in the use of pornography is driving increasingly young women, some not even out of their teens, to seek improvement to the appearance of their vagina.
But it isn’t just vanity that’s driving women to rejuvenate their vagina.
Many women feel a reduction in sexual satisfaction after they have children that is caused by a stretching of the labia during childbirth. This stretching may not only make a woman feel undesirable, it may also cause physical pain, creating a stronger desire for surgery.
Additionally, as women get older, they lose elasticity in their vulva and vagina, which can cause embarrassing problems such as incontinence. Again, for women with these symptoms vaginal tightening is not merely a matter of vanity, but may be a question of health and confidence.
Other women seek vaginal rejuvenation due to a physical deformity of the vulva, such as a deformity where the labia covers the clitoris, causing sexual dysfunction and difficulty achieving orgasm.
If you do decide to seek vaginal rejuvenation, as with all plastic surgery, do your homework. Make sure you go to a trained, certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience with your procedure.