Fans of the FX cable program, Nip/Tuck may be familiar with vaginal rejuvenation. In one episode, Doctors McNamara and Troy, who are suffering from the bad economy, hire a sexy new doctor to help bring in revenue. Dr. Mike Hamoui specializes in performing vaginal rejuvenation. The three produce an infomercial touting their new procedure, which they call the "vaginal uplift." They claim it will “restore the architectural integrity of the vagina” and promise vaginal rejuvenation will bring new levels of sexual satisfaction for women.
Vaginal rejuvenation is not just some faux surgery designed to get laughs on a TV show. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery, often performed with a laser, is based on a procedure that has been around for many years called vaginoplasty.
The surgery tightens the vaginal canal and entrance by removing excess tissue and tightening supportive structures. It is intended to undo the effects of age and childbirth. Some call it returning to a "virgin-like" state. It is also commonly used to help women who suffer from incontinence which can be caused from multiple childbirths.
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery is supposed to improve sex for women. Some are very pleased with the results and others less so. Some physicians argue a tighter vagina will not improve someone’s sex life if it was not good to begin with. It cannot cure sexual dysfunction or increase desire. In fact, it is often the woman's sexual partner who notices a difference and not the patient.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warns this procedure lacks supporting data regarding efficacy and safety.
Since there are not many nerve endings in the vagina, having vagina rejuvenation surgery can be very risky. That is because an incision in this area involves cutting nerves which can lead to decreased sensory perception of the clitoris and the rest of the genital area. It could potentially prevent the possibility of orgasm and can lead to complications such as infection, adhesions, and scarring.
If you are considering vaginal rejuvenation, determine the doctor who is best qualified to suit your needs.