With all of the media buzz surrounding Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty, it might seem these are some of the newest procedures at the cosmetic surgeon’s office. The truth is, gynecological cosmetic surgery has been around for years. Surgeons have quietly been addressing the issues women face with their genitalia for decades, providing extraordinary results and changing countless lives.
Some of the first extensive surgical repairs to the vagina, labia, and surrounding tissues, date back to the early 1920s. Around the mid-century point, advances in medical technologies and surgical techniques allowed physicians to tackle even bigger challenges in the area of cosmetic gynecology. In the 1950s, a French surgeon named Dr. Georges Burou, performed over 800 Vaginoplasties, on a complex variety of patients. He began to perfect the skills that would turn into our modern day vaginal repair and reshaping.
The term Vaginal Rejuvenation came into play in the late 1990s. Women were becoming ever more interested in improving their bodies as they aged, and procedures such as facelifts, necklifts, and liposuction saw a marked increase in popularity. Vaginal Rejuvenation was the next logical collection of surgical procedures to be put together, bringing back a youthful tone to the female genitalia after the damaging effects of childbirth and aging.
Today, Vaginal Rejuvenation can be made up of several components. A Vaginoplasty tightens the supportive structure of the vagina and removes any excess tissues, providing a renewed tautness with firmer vaginal walls. A Labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia majora and minora by removing large, misshapen tissues for increased aesthetic appeal. Other procedures may be included under the term Vaginal Rejuvenation, such as a Hoodectomy, Hymenectomy, and Clitoroplasty.
While Vaginal Rejuvenation has been performed around the world for years, it is not safe to assume any surgeon will have the skills to complete the procedure well. This is an extremely delicate area of the body; a successful procedure must maintain both the form and function of the labia and vagina. Only a board certified cosmetic or plastic surgeon, with extensive experience in gynecological procedures, should be considered for such a complicated operation. Look at both your surgeon’s background, as well as his before/after photos, before scheduling your Vaginal Rejuvenation.