Age and childbirth can cause changes in vaginal tissue, like laxity, dryness, and decreased sexual pleasure, which doesn’t resolve on their own. Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Hannah Vu of Skinzone Medical, with offices in Alhambra and Santa Ana, California, specializes in both nonsurgical and surgical vaginal rejuvenation. She helps women of all ages improve the appearance and function of their vaginal tissue, so you can feel confident again, increase sexual satisfaction, and relieve symptoms.
If you’ve ever wondered if you’re a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Vu discusses what may have caused these unpleasant effects and which procedure may be best to correct them.
You gave birth vaginally
Whether you had one child or several, vaginal delivery can cause irreparable damage to delicate vaginal tissue. In some cases, the inner and outer labia stretches so far that it never returns to its pre-baby condition. During childbirth, even your vaginal muscles can separate to the point of leaving you with such little muscle tone that a tampon won’t stay in place.
Beyond the physical effects of such dramatic changes, vaginal laxity can also lead to decreased sexual pleasure, or painful intercourse, and the emotional stress that comes with it. Women often seek treatment to rejuvenate their bodies and their relationships.
You experience occasional minor bladder incontinence
Another side effect of childbearing may be urinary stress incontinence. This is when your bladder leaks urine as a result of sneezing, coughing, laughing, or physical activities that put pressure on your bladder. Weakened vaginal muscles after giving birth may not be able to provide adequate support to your bladder, so urine leaks are common. Stress incontinence also happens as a result of the hormonal changes of menopause.
Beyond the physical distress of occasional bladder leakage, urinary incontinence can also cause emotional stress, making women feel less confident participating in certain activities, like taking an exercise class. As a result, you begin to avoid the physical activities you once enjoyed.
You experience vaginal dryness
During and after menopause, your body produces less estrogen — a hormone that helps keep vaginal tissues lubricated and healthy. Although many women first experience vaginal dryness later in life, it can happen anytime as a result of:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Other health problems
- Certain medications
Prolonged anxiety and stress can also contribute to vaginal dryness, as well as a low libido.
You want the cosmetic, physical, and psychological benefits of vaginal rejuvenation
Here’s the good news: If you have any of these concerns or health issues that have lead to vaginal laxity, discomfort, and other changes, there is something you can do about it. Thankfully, these conditions don’t have to be just another condition you manage. Dr. Vu provides expert nonsurgical and surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments for women of all ages.
Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation
ThermiVa® provides nonsurgical treatment for women who suffer from vaginal dryness and mild laxity of vaginal tissue. Using radiofrequency (RF) energy, ThermiVa treatments provide relief from these symptoms by increasing vaginal lubrication and tightening vaginal tissue. The RF energy gently and painlessly heats vaginal tissue to a comfortable temperature that stimulates new collagen production.
This new collagen tightens your vaginal tissue, which can help improve incontinence issues, plus improve sexual function for a more pleasurable experience. ThermiVa can help your vaginal area look and feel better from the inside out. It’s quick, painless, and there’s no downtime.
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation
For those with a need to tighten and tone vaginal muscle as well as tissues, vaginoplasty may be your best option. As a reconstructive procedure, vaginoplasty can improve both the function and appearance of your vagina. Therefore, vaginoplasty is a good treatment option for women with a significant amount of skin laxity and loose muscles.
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation can also be an effective urinary incontinence treatment. It tightens the inner lining of your vaginal walls, removes excess skin, and improves overall appearance. Vaginoplasty can enhance your sexual experience by increasing pleasure and reducing pain, as well as enhancing your partner’s experience.
Whether you choose nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty, you’ll notice the numerous physical and psychological benefits. You may even notice a boost in your self-confidence because you feel better about how your vagina looks and functions. Don’t be surprised if after treatment you feel like you did in your pre-baby days.
If you’ve been thinking about vaginal rejuvenation, and it sounds like you’re a good candidate, give Dr. Vu’s office a call or schedule a consultation online. She recommends the option that’s right for you to help you achieve the results you desire with minimal or no downtime at all.