What is vaginal rejuvenation and why should you avoid it?

If you have paid any attention to reality tv or popular media, you may have heard of vaginal rejuvenation. Whether surgical or non surgical, medi-spas, clinics and doctors are promising results of tighter, more youthful vaginas with their in office procedures. Celebs, like Kim Kardashian and Kelly Dodd, have popularized the non surgical procedures by endorsing them on their reality tv shows. But what is non surgical rejuvenation?

What is vaginal rejuvenation and why should you avoid it?

If you have paid any attention to reality TV or popular media, you may have heard of vaginal
rejuvenation. Whether surgical or non surgical, Medispas, clinics and doctors are promising
results of tighter, more youthful vaginas with their outpatient procedures. Celebs, like Kim
Kardashian and Kelly Dodd, have popularized the non surgical procedures by endorsing them
on their reality TV shows. But what is non surgical rejuvenation?

But what is non surgical rejuvenation?

Many women have suffered gynecological issues due to giving vaginal birth, surviving cancer,
familial genes, or from the natural aging process. Although the vagina is an elastic muscle, there
are times that it loses that elasticity resulting in stress urinary incontinence, vaginal laxity, and
painful intercourse. Understandably, women are looking for a way to increase their quality of life
and sexual satisfaction, some would just like for their vagina to look better. Non surgical vaginal
rejuvenation has fast become an avenue for those women. Utilizing radio frequency energy and
laser treatments to ‘tighten’ the vaginal canal and labia by using a handheld device that
damages the skin cells; in theory causing the skin to repair itself by producing collagen and
elastin in the treated area to tighten the skin. The use of the device can be done on the outer
skin of the vagina as well as trans vaginally, depending on the patient’s requested results.

According to the FDA energy-based devices, such as the RF and laser devices, have been
cleared for the destruction of abnormal or precancerous cervical or vaginal tissue and genital
warts. However, the use of these devices have not been approved by the FDA, they have
strongly cautioned patients considering the procedure and healthcare providers against
deviating from the original use of these devices for gynecology applications. Although surgical
procedures have been approved for vaginal laxity, atrophy, and stress urinary incontinence, non
surgical procedures have reportedly caused adverse results. Vaginal burns, scarring, painful
intercourse, and chronic pain have all been reported in patients after having energy-based
‘rejuvenation’ procedures.

As with all procedures, risk and benefit are something you must take into consideration when
offering a new service in your Medispa or trying that new service. Vaginal rejuvenation is a
procedure that needs to be scrutinized closely as the risks appear to outweigh any benefit; the
client should be referred to a physician specializing in cosmetic or therapeutic vaginal
treatments so as not to incur costly insurance claims or lawsuits. Vaginal rejuvenation is one of
many celebrity fads that should be overlooked.

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