Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
Lasers have been used in several medical specialties to reduce pain, reduce complication risks, speed recovery and allow for greater precision during surgery. Ophthalmologists use lasers for LASIK surgery to reduce the need for eye glasses. Dentists use lasers in many types of procedures to allow patients to receive similar benefits. Today, plastic surgeons may use a laser for vaginal rejuvenation to improve sexual function, self-image and/or enhance gratification from sexual intimacy.
The number of women who decided upon vaginal rejuvenation grew from 700 in 2005 to over 4500 in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Of the total procedures in 2007, roughly 38% of the women were 19-34 years of age and 54% were between 35-50 years of age. Women 18 or younger accounted for 2.4% of the total and 5% of the women were between 35-50 years of age in 2007. As more women have become interested in vaginal rejuvenation, plastic surgeons have refined their skills to treat women for vaginal rejuvenation.
Oversized Labia Minora: Traditionally, vaginal rejuvenation, also known as labiaplasty, is performed with the use of a scalpel to excise excess tissue on the labia minora. This approach is considered a relatively simple procedure when performed by an experienced surgeon. Recently, some physicians are using lasers to trim excess tissue and seal the newly refined labia minora in place. Women in this category have experienced relief from discomfort and embarrassment following the labiaplasty procedure.
Vaginal Muscle Treatment: Kegel exercise is the standard treatment used to tighten vaginal muscles. Kegel exercises involve the patient tightening and releasing the pubococcygeus muscle located near the pelvic floor. Then, Vaginoplasty became popular for vaginal muscle tightening. This procedure is performed with the use of a scalpel to remove excess in the vaginal lining. Today, physicians may use a laser to replace the scalpel requirement. The procedure may also involve tightening the surrounding tissues and muscles of the vagina. Women who have incontinence and underwent the vaginoplasty procedure experienced improvement to their condition. Couples experienced enhanced sexual gratification following surgery.
The Laser Technique
It’s true; lasers may be used to replace the scalpel technique in the labiaplasty and vaginoplasty procedure. Lasers are also being used to reconstruct the hymen, one of the latest requests from women interested in vaginal rejuvenation. During laser vaginal rejuvenation, the laser is applied to the treatment area to precisely excise the tissue, as necessary. The laser also seals off the excised areas. For this reason, the procedure is often associated with less discomfort and quicker recovery time. The procedure usually does not require more than an hour of time and women are usually back to work within seven days following the procedure. Lasers may not be used in all vaginal rejuvenation procedures. Upon consultation with a physician, women interested in laser vaginal rejuvenation may inquire about the technique, advantages, risks and alternatives to the technique.
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