Vaginal rejuvenation has grown in popularity in recent years as women have taken greater ownership of their health. But what is it? What are the benefits? And how much does it typically cost?
Let’s take a look.
What is vaginal rejuvenation?
As you get older, a lot of things stop working as well as they used to. And your intimate area is no different. You may have noticed:
- The skin around it starting to get a little flabby
- It’s less sensitive than before, which can make sex less pleasurable (or even painful)
- You leak urine involuntarily, or regularly need to go to the toilet
- Decreased sexual desire, or libido
- Excessive dryness
Whilst many of these issues happen naturally as you age, they can also happen as a result of events such as menopause or pregnancy. These are traumatic events for your body and place a lot of pressure on your bodily functions.
Whatever the issue, vaginal rejuvenation aims to restore the natural functions of your intimate area. It can give you:
- Greater feelings of confidence and self-esteem
- Less dryness in the intimate area
- More sensitivity and more pleasurable sex
- Greater sexual desire
So those are the potential benefits of vaginal rejuvenation – but how does the treatment actually work?
How vaginal rejuvenation works
There are two types of vaginal rejuvenation treatments: surgical and non-surgical.
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments include:
- Labiaplasty, which aims to reshape the inner lips (or labia minora) of your vagina
- Vulvoplasty, which aims to reshape the outer lips (or labia majora) of your vagina
- Vaginoplasty, which repairs your vaginal canal, typically after childbirth
- Clitoral hood surgery, which reduces the amount of skin around your clitoris
Although surgical techniques can be effective for moderate to severe conditions (more about that in the next section), they do come with a few downsides. They’re expensive, patients often need some time to recover after the treatment, and the whole process (from consultation to surgery) can be time-consuming. For these reasons, many women opt for non-surgical techniques.
Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation normally uses a CO2 laser or electromagnetic waves to gently heat your intimate area. This process triggers the production of more collagen in your body, which is a protein vital for maintaining skin firmness.
Whilst most laser techniques are non-invasive, some may insert a small device into your vaginal canal to heat the tissue from within. Non-surgical techniques have little to no downtime and are often more affordable than surgery. And as we’ll explore in the next section, they can be just as effective.
Does it work?
There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that vaginal rejuvenation is an effective treatment for women.
- One study measured the effectiveness of two surgical techniques combined: transvaginal posterior levatorplasty and perineoplasty. It found them to be ‘effective for the improvement of patient symptoms, quality of life, sexual function, SUI, and postnatal constipation.’
- This study found that vaginal rugae restoration (a surgical technique) improved sexual function by 18.75%.
- Another study discovered that surgical techniques were better for severe and moderate vaginal laxity, whilst non-surgical treatments were more suitable for less serious forms of vaginal laxity
- A study from 2014 found that surgical techniques led to an improvement in sexual function.
- According to this 2021 study, vaginal rejuvenation using a CO2 laser led to improvements in vaginal laxity, sexual function and stress incontinence symptoms.
- Finally, this clinical review assessed 59 different studies into non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. It found both radiofrequency and laser techniques to be an effective treatment for vaginal laxity.
As you can see, both surgical and non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation are effective ways of treating a number of female health concerns.
How much does it cost?
This depends on a few different factors.
Firstly, surgical techniques are generally more expensive than non-surgical treatments. According to RealSelf:
- Vaginoplasty costs an average of $5,800
- Perineoplasty costs an average of $4,725
- Labiaplasty costs an average of $4,350
Laser and radiofrequency treatments tends to be much cheaper. At Dundrum Clinic, one session with the Exilis Ultra 360 at our Dublin clinic costs €450. A packet of three sessions costs €1,000.
- Vaginal rejuvenation restores the normal functions of your intimate area using surgical or non-surgical techniques.
- It can improve your sexual desire, give you greater sensitivity in your intimate area, improve the quality of your sex life and alleviate the symptoms of incontinence.
- Surgical treatments tend to be more suitable for moderate to severe conditions, whilst non-surgical techniques are better for mild cases.
- A number of clinical studies have found it to be an effective treatment for a variety of female health issues.
- The average cost of vaginal rejuvenation is around $6,000, but non-surgical tends to be significantly cheaper than surgical.
We currently have a special offer on for vaginal rejuvenation:
- 6 sessions with the Emsella
- 3 sessions with the Exilis
- was €1,800 – NOW €1,200
Get in touch to learn more.