Summary: Your average patient from Chicago isn’t going to think that the number one patient at his or her Chicago plastic surgery clinic is vaginal rejuvenation. And, for the moment, they’d be right. But the procedure is growing in popularity, as one of the few elective procedures where vaginal rejuvenation costs can be absorbed by insurance (to some degree—sometimes). That said, there are still roadblocks for women who would like to pursue this procedure, among them an intense form of social scrutiny regarding this procedure. For most women, though, the decision to pursue this operation is intensely personal.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Popularity on the Rise
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released information regarding the popularity of common procedures over the past year or so. The survey revealed that procedures such as breast augmentation are actually trending downward—that is, they aren’t growing as quickly as they used to. Of course, liposuction is still on top, but the newest, trendiest procedures seem to concentrate on what’s below the waist. Indeed, butt augmentation is growing quite quickly—and that’s what most people are writing about these days (with good reason, as it’s a great procedure that shows great results for many patients).
However, another procedure that’s showing some remarkable—and surprising—growth is vaginal rejuvenation. This is also one of the more sensitive procedures out there, and a lot of people (understandably) don’t feel comfortable discussing it. I think that’s why it’s, more or less, flown under the radar for the past few years. Vaginal rejuvenation most often takes the form of labiaplasty, which usually involves the removal of excess tissue of the labia. But sometimes vaginal rejuvenation is just that—a surgical tightening of the vaginal muscles which are usually traumatized during childbirth.
A Wide Variety of Labiaplasty Techniques
There’s a lot of variety in how vaginal rejuvenation surgery procedures are advertised and marketed—or even in just the way they’re discussed. According to new research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, there might actually be a pretty good reason for this. According to research conducted by Ashit Patel, MB, ChB, of Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center (and colleagues), there’s a wide disparity of techniques at work when it comes to labiaplasty. The meta study conducted by Patel and colleagues looked at roughly 1800 cases in other research and found a total of seven different techniques used.
Things to Know Before your Vaginal Rejuvenation
To be sure, the satisfaction rates among those seven different techniques were usually quite high (in the mid-to-high 90’s). Vaginal rejuvenation in general has quite high satisfaction rates, so this isn’t surprising. Still, you should be aware of a few things when you go into clinic to discuss this procedure with your plastic surgeon.
- Be sure you know what you want: Having a good idea as to what you would like the end result to be and what brings you to the plastic surgeon. If your labia is oversized and you’d like to reduce some of that tissue, you should have a clear idea of the degree of tissue reduction you’d like.
- Vaginal rejuvenation cost: Sometimes, insurance will cover certain techniques of labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation. Sometimes, it won’t. You’ll definitely want to check with your insurance company beforehand. In some cases, it will depend on the technique the plastic surgeon uses. In some ways it sucks, because it doesn’t really feel like the insurance company’s business. But that’s the way of it these days.
- The experience of your plastic surgeon: Reviews for labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation can be especially tricky to come by, given how reluctant some patients are to discuss the procedure. So make sure that you’re developing a good relationship with your plastic surgeon—and that you feel comfortable going forward before you agree to proceed.
- Make sure you are prepared for surgery: Vaginal rejuvenation is more invasive than labiaplasty procedures, but in either case, you’re still undergoing surgery. You should be sure (and your plastic surgeon should make sure) that you’re healthy enough for surgery and that you’re prepared to endure the recovery.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Cost, Among Other Factors
There are going to be a lot of different reasons that women go in and seek out a vaginal rejuvenation procedure or a labiaplasty. It’s unfortunate that these procedures, these days, need to fly under the radar despite being so popular. Many women who want these procedures may not necessarily feel comfortable discussing them—in public or a with a surgeon. It’s a shame that such a stigma keeps women from pursuing a procedure they want. But there other roadblocks, including the cost of vaginal rejuvenation and insurance.
However, those women who do overcome those roadblocks report a drastic improvement in quality of life and confidence. There’s certainly a lot of controversy around that procedure, and I don’t want to dismiss any viewpoint about vaginal rejuvenation or labiaplasty. What I will say is this: at the end of the day, on an individual level, the procedure is about personal comfort and personal confidence. To anyone who this procedure might help, it’s worth taking the shot and discussing it with your plastic surgeon.
The environment is certainly changing, and more and more plastic surgeons are offering this procedure. Chances are, this report form the American Society of Plastic Surgeons will only further legitimize this procedure. In other words, don’t wait—talk to your plastic surgeon today.