Vaginal rejuvenation can transform a woman’s sex life. After childbirth or simply due to the passage of time, the vaginal walls may become lax, decreasing friction and making intercourse less satisfying. A loose vagina can make a woman feel less attractive or even lead to problems with urinary incontinence.

While most women do not experience serious side effects or long-term problems after vaginal rejuvenation, any type of surgery includes certain risk factors. An experienced doctor could explain all the vaginal rejuvenation risks in Greenwich, so you can make an informed decision.

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal rejuvenation does more than just restore the vagina to an earlier, tighter state — women may choose to undergo such procedures simply to improve the aesthetic appearance of their reproductive organs. As such, vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term covering various procedures — both surgical and non-surgical — performed on the female genitalia.

Vaginoplasty

Also called vaginal tightening, vaginoplasty involves removing excess skin and shortening stretched tissues within the vagina.

Labiaplasty

This procedure decreases the length of the labia minora, part of the vaginal “lips,” and the result is a more pleasing genital appearance. The labia of some women may prove long enough to interfere with sex or athletic activities, especially bicycling or horseback riding, and some women do not care for their physical appearance in this regard either. Labiaplasty can also correct asymmetry between the labia minora and labia majora.

Perineoplasty

Similar to vaginoplasty, this operation alters the skin between the anus and vagina via removal of a triangle-shaped piece of tissue. The vagina’s angle may change slightly as a result of this procedure.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Risks

There are several risks associated with vaginal rejuvenation in Greenwich, especially when a procedure involves the use of energy-related devices such as laser or radiofrequency. Examples of potential risks include:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal burns
  • Scarring
  • Chronic or recurring pain
  • Numbness
  • Changes in sensation

Women undergoing surgical vaginal rejuvenation may also be vulnerable to the same risks associated with any type of surgery, including infection, bleeding, and in rare cases, hemorrhaging. Another rare complication involves the development of a fistula or a hole between the vagina and the colon. A patient may have an allergic reaction to medications or anesthesia used in the surgery.

Women may also experience chronic urinary or bowel problems after surgery. Keep in mind, however, that the odds of anyone experiencing most vaginal rejuvenation risks are very low.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Contraindications

Women suffering from active vaginal or urinary tract infections must wait until the infection has completely cleared before having a procedure in Greenwich. Vaginal rejuvenation is also not suitable for women with severe pelvic organ prolapse.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should not undergo vaginal rejuvenation until after childbirth or weaning. In the same vein, women who plan to have more children should wait until their families are complete before undergoing vaginal rejuvenation. While having additional children is not a contraindication per se, a vaginal birth would stretch out the vagina so that it may become lax again.

Learn More About Vaginal Rejuvenation Risks in Greenwich Today

If you are in need of vaginal rejuvenation and would like to know more about your options, including whether you are a candidate for these procedures, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s Greenwich office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson could explain what is involved with these kinds of procedures and answer any questions you may have about vaginal rejuvenation risks in Greenwich.