Age affects the skin and tissues everywhere on the body. This includes your vagina. Lifetime events such as pregnancy, weight gain/loss and menopause can further stretch the skin causing the labia minora or inner lips to protrude beyond the labia majora or outer lips. Not only do patients find this aesthetically unattractive, but it may prohibit you from wearing those skinny jeans that you like. Furthermore, vaginal skin laxity and dryness can make sex painful and cause chafing during exercise. Vaginal rejuvenation is any procedure to improve the appearance, texture, tightness and health of your vagina.
As a father of three, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mark Deuber understands the toll that childbirth and age can take on the delicate tissues of a woman’s vagina. This is why he offers is Dallas area and beyond patients the full range of vaginal rejuvenation options including:
- Non-surgical FemTouch™ at his Age Management Center
- Surgical labiaplasty
The right option for you is going to depend on both your individual anatomy and needs.
What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation is any procedure that addresses the vaginal health issues that may arise from childbirth, age and in some cases, genetics. This can include:
- Skin laxity
- Inner vaginal lips that hang below the outer vaginal lips
- Vaginal atrophy
- Painful intercourse
- Stress incontinence
- Chafing of labial skin during exercise
- Inability to wear certain clothes
In addition to physical discomfort, many women seek a vaginal rejuvenation procedure for aesthetic reasons. Going “bare down there” is still en vogue so women have a very clear idea of how they want things to look.
The ideal candidate for vaginal rejuvenation is any woman in good overall health who is unhappy with the look, feel or function of her vagina. Though commonly performed on women in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s who have had children and undergone the changes of menopause, some women are born with hanging inner lips that cause discomfort. Dr. Deuber and the Age Management Center perform vaginal rejuvenation on patients in their 20’s as well as their 60’s, 70’s and even their 80’s. It really just comes down to need.
What are the Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation
As someone who started his career on Wall Street, Dr. Deuber applies the efficiency model to his plastic surgery practice. By choosing the exact right procedure for your individual needs, he helps ensure a long-lasting, exemplary while also saving you time and money. It’s part of the Deuber difference. Getting it right the first time reduces the need for further intervention. This is why he is proud to offer his Dallas patients the full range of vaginal rejuvenation options from a surgical labiaplasty to the non-surgical laser, FemTouch™, through his Age Management Center.
Some of the many benefits of vaginal rejuvenation include:
- Increased pleasure during intercourse
- Improve vaginal lubrication and reduce dryness
- Reduce chafing or irritation during exercise
- Rejuvenate appearance of deflated and/or stretched out labia after childbirth or weight loss
- Bring balance and proper proportion to the inner and outer labia lips
- Boost self-confidence
During your vaginal rejuvenation consultation, Dr. Deuber will listen closely to what is bothering you about your vaginal health. He will then perform a thorough physical examination to determine which procedure or procedures are best for your anatomy, lifestyle and needs. Vaginal rejuvenation can be a stand-alone procedure, but it is also often part of a Mommy Makeover.
Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation with FemTouch™
FemTouch™ is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical CO2 laser that can address many vaginal health issues without the need for downtime. Performed in the Age Management Center at Lemmon Avenue Plastic Surgery Center, FemTouch™ works by gently heating the skin and tissues inside and outside your vagina. The body’s response to this heat is to produce more healing collagen and elastin. The former helps to lift and plump the tissues, restoring hydration and lubrication, while the latter helps tighten the tissues. The end result is a more youthful looking, tighter feeling vagina.
The pros of the FemTouch™ is that it requires no:
- General anesthesia
- Downtime for recovery
You can have the procedure and carry on with your day although you do need to avoid intercourse for 72 hours. Furthermore, the FemTouch™ procedure is painless and fast, only taking about 15 minutes. However, you will need anywhere from 2-4 sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Also, while it can improve a mild degree of laxity in the labia minora, it will not improve inner lips that hang significantly below the outer lips. This requires a surgical labiaplasty.
What is a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to trim down labia minora that protrude past the labia majora. Some woman are born with inner lips that hang below their outer lips while for others, it’s the result of skin laxity brought on by:
- Weight loss
There are a number of different labiaplasty techniques. The easiest is the external trimming technique. Dr. Deuber is not a fan because a labiaplasty is more than simply cutting away the excess skin. Your vagina is an organ that must expand and contract. Simply trimming down the outer edge may leave a tight scar that restricts this movement, causing more problems than it solves. For this reason, Dr. Deuber utilizes the central wedge technique in all of his labiaplasty procedures.
Labiaplasty Procedure Overview
Dr. Deuber performs his labiaplasty procedures under general anesthesia at Lemmon Avenue Surgery Center, his on-site, state-certified and fully accredited day surgery center in Dallas. After first marking the area, he will cut away a wedge of excess labia tissue. What makes this unique, however, is that the excision pattern on the inside aspect of the labia is different than the one on the outside. The inside incision resembles a sideways V while the outside incision is more of an upside down V. The advantages of this are twofold. It preserves the outside edge of the labia so that there is no painful, outer scar, and it allows Dr. Deuber to easily address the clitoral hood if necessary. He then closes the incisions with absorbable sutures.
Labiaplasty Recovery Process
Labiaplasty patients can expect some swelling and soreness after surgery. These are delicate tissues so pain medication may be necessary, but the majority of the swelling will dissipate in a few days. Dr. Deuber wants you up and showering the same day as surgery and you are welcome to drive carpool the next day if you feel up to it. He does ask that you refrain from intercourse, using tampons and riding a bike for 6 weeks. Otherwise, you should be back to most of your daily routines within a week.
To find out more about vaginal rejuvenation, FemTouch™ and labiaplasty with Dr. Mark Deuber at Lemmon Avenue Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, contact us today or call 214-220-2712 to schedule a consultation.