When considering vaginal surgeries, many patients do not know which procedure they need, and will ask the question, “do I want labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation? The terms are not completely interchangeable, though they seem to be used that way. To simplify, we’ll split up the medical terminologies. Labia=lips, plasty=surgery; meaning it is surgery to medically and/or cosmetically enhance (or in some way, alter the shape of) the vaginal lips. Oftentimes, both procedures are combined, if needed.
There are inner and outer labia outside of the vagina. They protect the delicate area. But, sometimes they are ill-formed, there is too much fat or skin, or they are not physically attractive. This can be as a result of age, heredity, child bearing, past surgery or accident to the area. When there is a re-shaping of the inner or outer lips of the vagina, this is when labiaplasty is the surgery of choice. Excess skin or fat can be removed; or in the case of too little, additional skin or fat can be transferred to the area.
Vaginal rejuvenation typically refers to a procedure that enhances the use of the vagina – tightening, surgically repairing the hymen (membrane that breaks during first intercourse or by accident), removing and repairing episiotomy scars and vaginal prolapse to restore feeling and enhance sexual pleasure. Both surgeries are newer to the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry, but growing in popularity, due to patient demand.