There are lots of reasons why women might feel self-conscious of the look or feel of their most intimate area, including changes to their body after childbirth, menopause or the normal aging process. If this sounds like you, you may want to look into cosmetic gynecology and the many ways it could help you to feel more like yourself again.
To help get you started, here are four common cosmetic treatments to consider for a rejuvenated look and an improved sense of self.
Vaginal laxity is one of the most common reasons why many women opt for a cosmetic treatment in this sensitive area. Not only can it lead to self-consciousness, but vaginal looseness can also cause discomfort during sex, lack of sexual satisfaction and urinary stress incontinence due to weakened pelvic muscles.
Viveve® is a revolutionary nonsurgical treatment option that doesn’t require any downtime.* It works by emitting special CMRF waves to gently heat the underlying vaginal and muscle tissue to stimulate collagen production, all while remaining cool and comfortable on the surface of your skin.
Even better still, most women report seeing results after just one 30-minute treatment session, and these results can last up to a year before a touch-up session may be necessary.*
For women who are bothered by the appearance of overly large labia or who experience discomfort when exercising, having sex or even wearing tight-fitting clothing, labiaplasty may be the most effective treatment option.
During your labiaplasty procedure, your plastic surgeon can use various surgical techniques to trim away excess tissue, creating a smooth, seamless and natural look and feel. Depending on your individual needs, your labiaplasty procedure may address the inner or outer vaginal lips or both during the same procedure.
Nonsurgical Viveve® can be an excellent complement to your labiaplasty procedure.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
The clitoral hood is the protective tissue that shields your sensitive clitoris from constant stimulation. However, if the clitoral hood is too large and bulky, it could get in the way of having a pleasurable experience during sex. Its very noticeable appearance can also cause women to feel self-conscious of the way their body looks, which can further impede their sexual satisfaction.
A clitoral hood reduction is an outpatient surgery that typically takes about 45 minutes. During your procedure, your plastic surgeon will carefully remove excess tissue without trimming away too much and leaving your clitoris too exposed.
Once you’ve fully healed, you should notice a significant improvement in the way your clitoral hood looks and feels.
Mons Pubis Liposuction
If you’re afraid to wear tight-fitting clothes like yoga pants, leggings or a swimsuit because you don’t want to accentuate any bulges, you may want to talk to your plastic surgeon about mons pubis liposuction.
The mons pubis is the area of fatty tissue that lies over top of your pubic bone, just above your labia. Excess fat in this region is a common cosmetic concern for lots of women, but mons pubis liposuction can help. This procedure generally takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete, and you can go home the same day of your surgery. Over the next several weeks, you should see your final results start to take shape.
*This information is for education only, courtesy of www.viveve.com, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. Harrington Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive techniques performed by a highly specialized all-female team of board-certified plastic surgeons and professional staff.