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March 17, 2021

Vaginal Tightening – Surgical vs Non-Surgical


Vaginas, as you might already know, are surprisingly resilient and can stretch to wide lengths especially during childbirth. It is a myth that vaginas will become loose after having children but it can happen should you give birth to several children throughout your lifetime.

Another factor contributing to a need for vaginal tightening would be after menopause. These hormonal changes might cause the vagina to be more lax and dry, potentially affecting the quality of your life.

Vaginal tightening surgery is a procedure that involves tightening the vaginal canal through surgery and can be combined with labiaplasty surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora. This procedure can be invasive and there is a recovery downtime.

What is Vaginal Tightening Surgery?

Vaginal tightening surgery actually covers several different procedures.

Some of the different procedures are:

  • To tighten the vaginal canal to improve performance during sexual intercourse
  • Repairing pelvic floor muscles and tightening the vaginal canal post-childbirth and post-pregnancy
  • Repairing the perineal area after damage from an episiotomy or tear that happened during childbirth. This tear could be very severe in some cases where it even affects the muscles and tissues in the anus too, causing pain. In cases as severe as this, it would require surgical repair
  • To treat severe cases of pelvic organ prolapse. This is where the pelvic organs (bladder or bowels) have moved from their normal positions and are now pressing into the vagina
  • Sexual reassignment surgery is known as vaginoplasty and can also be used to refer to surgical vaginal tightening

Why Do People Go for Vaginal Tightening Treatment?

There is a wide variety of reasons why someone might want to go for vaginal tightening surgery.

Some reasons are:

  • A loss of sensation during sexual intercourse
  • Feeling as if one’s vagina is loose after childbirth and the vagina might not have regained its pre-pregnancy form
  • Having weak pelvic floor muscles
  • Vagina scarring caused by trauma during childbirth and could be something that causes pain and discomfort which will need to be rectified with surgery
  • Having an enlarged labia. Reducing the size of the labia is often paired with vaginal tightening surgery and is important to note that the labia come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If the shape of your labia causes discomfort when riding a bike or if it interferes with everyday activities, please consult your doctor immediately

Benefits and Risks of Vaginal Tightening Surgery

Benefits and risks will defer within individuals based on health and body but there are some general risks involved with vaginal tightening surgery.

Some risks of vaginal tightening surgery are: [1]

  • Having a negative reaction to general anaesthesia
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage resulting in permanent loss of sensation

Some benefits of vaginal tightening surgery are:

  • Addressing the issues of vaginal laxity if any
  • Rectifying any pain you might have with your vagina now
  • Better performance during sexual intercourse
  • Rectifying vagina scarring that was caused by childbirth

Non-Invasive Vaginal Tightening

There are, fortunately, non-invasive alternatives to vaginal tightening surgery. Cambridge Therapeutics offers Venus Fiore Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment as one such alternative.

This treatment can help to address the external appearance of the vagina, postmenopausal and childbirth vaginal laxity as well as vaginal atrophy.

With the Venus Fiore machine, the treatment allows for three different treatments of the rejuvenation to the vaginal canal, the tightening of the labia as well as the reduction of the mon pubis.

This treatment in particular works by combining multi-polar radiofrequency (RF) with pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). With this combination, it aims to encourage the growth of new collagen and elastin fibres. This will help to regenerate firm and healthy tissues while increasing the rate of healing and improve blood circulation.

Multi-polar Radiofrequency (RF): The RF is safe for all skin types and is not absorbed by melanin. Through a safe and controlled heating method, heat from the RF can be distributed deeper into the tissues for collagen remodelling and synthesis.

Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF): A non-thermal mechanism, the PEMF functions to induce the release of fibroblast growth that will help to trigger the synthesis of collagen and the formation of new blood vessels for tissue regeneration. [2]

Who is this treatment for?

This treatment is targeted towards women who have experienced menopause or experienced a change in vaginal health as a result of childbirth. Pregnant women or women that have had surgery on their genitalia should consult their doctors before going for this treatment.

Is the treatment painful? Is there any downtime?

The Venus Fiore employs a safe heating method that will ensure that the treatment process is comfortable for the client. The treatment is not painful though a mild heat sensation and redness may be observed that should resolve within a day. There is no downtime and clients will be able to return to their daily routine immediately.

Each treatment session takes 10-15 minutes per area, and we recommend our clients to go for a session each month for the next 3-4 months for effective results.

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The Differences Between Surgical and Non-surgical Vaginal Tightening

  • The duration of results: One of the more notable differences is the duration of the results and how frequently the procedure needs to be repeated to maintain the results. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation is more long-lasting in terms of duration but as the body ages, there is no guarantee the results will be permanent. While non-surgical treatment will need to be repeated every six months or every year.
  • Recovery time: Surgical treatment will require up to several weeks to fully recover while there is no downtime with non-surgical treatment.
  • Price: Surgical treatment will require a higher monetary commitment as well as a greater time commitment to recover post-surgery.

Pros and Cons of Both Types of Treatment

It is important to compare the benefits and risks of both treatments before making an informed decision.

Some pros of surgical vaginal tightening:

  • Long-lasting results
  • Can target more serious issues regarding the vagina
  • Improvement in sexual intercourse and enjoyment
  • Rectify some issues of the vagina that non-surgical vaginal tightening cannot

Some cons of surgical vaginal tightening:

  • Longer recovery time
  • Greater up-front investment of time and money
  • Has its own risks of infection, loss of sensation, etc.

Some pros of non-surgical vaginal tightening:

  • Safer and non-invasive
  • No recovery downtime
  • More affordable
  • Uses the body’s own tissues to help address vaginal problems

Some cons of non-surgical vaginal tightening:

  • Results are not long-lasting and treatments will have to be regular
  • Can only treat the rejuvenation of the vaginal canal, tightening of the labia and reduction of the mon pubis

We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor if you are facing any issues with your vagina especially if it is painful. Correctly identifying the problems you might be experiencing leads you one step closer to making an informed decision on which treatment will benefit you the most.

  1. https://www.isaps.org/procedures/body/vaginal-rejuvenation/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsed_electromagnetic_field_therapy


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