If you’ve ever watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you’ll already know what I’m talking about when I say the words “vaginal rejuvenation.” But, if you’re not prone to binge watching seasons of trashy, reality television (good on you!), you might be curious to learn and surprised to find out just how much it is happening in the world today.
Famously or infamously, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and former model Brandi Glanville has spoken openly about undergoing vaginal rejuvenation surgery, making her “kitty 17 again.” How about that for a movie plot?
More women, not just in Hollywood, are starting to jump on the trend and are opting to get the surgery which is fondly known as a facelift for your lady parts. Considering facelifts are quite painful, it’s hard to imagine getting surgery on your vag – but being self-conscious after ageing, having babies, wanting a tight hoo-hoo, wanting a better sex life and a combination of all of the above are among the top reasons for the procedure.
It’s a personal decision which should not have any judgement around it, just like any other cosmetic procedure, but let’s take a look at what really goes into getting a vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation can involve labiaplasty and/or vaginoplasty. Labiaplasty is used to change the shape or size of the labia majora or labia minora, usually making them smaller or more symmetrical. Vaginoplasty aims to tighten the actual vagina. Some surgeons use lasers, others use traditional scalpel methods and some use a combination of both.
Vaginoplasty can involve reconstruction or tightening of the vaginal wall and/or pelvic floor muscles and a decrease in the diameter of the vagina. There may also be a removal of lining from the vaginal vault. There is no one specific procedure as a consultation is needed to determine the individual’s needs.
There are risks of undergoing any surgery and vaginal rejuvenation is no different. Scarring, infection and wound separation can happen, but if the area is cared for properly, it should be unlikely. It takes around 6 weeks to heal and until you will be able to resume exercise and sexual activity.
There are vaginal rejuvenation clinics in most major cities now as the cosmetic procedure becomes more popular. Many women feel an empowerment from the procedure and are happier to regain their vaginal youth. The procedure can cost anywhere from $2000 to $12, 000 depending on what you want and need to get done.
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