Weighing the benefits of laser vaginal rejuvenation

laser vaginal rejuvenation

Laser vaginal rejuvenation is one of the newer cosmetic surgery procedures and it has been growing in popularity in the last few years. There are a number of options available to women who are unhappy with changes that have occurred to the look, feel or functionality of the vaginal canal, vaginal wall or pelvic floor muscles. These changes often occur after giving birth, having received treatment for certain cancers or during the menopause.

What can be done to help?

Laser vaginal rejuvenation techniques use lasers or radiofrequency to help repair damaged tissue. They aim to encourage collagen growth in the vaginal and vulval areas, improving the tone of the vaginal wall and vulva, regaining firmness, elasticity and lubrication.

As with all new innovations, there are those who support and those who oppose, and the American FDA (Food and Drug Administration – the body responsible for protecting and promoting public health) has recently published its concerns that these products may not be 100% safe, and those wishing to undergo these procedures should exercise caution.

All in good time

There are concerns among British plastic surgeons about spurious marketing campaigns, that promote the benefits of the treatments but without fully explaining the potential risks or implications.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons recently published advice to the British public, reiterating the importance of all new techniques being thoroughly tested before being fully released to the commercial market and supported with accurate and clear information for consumers: “There has been an exponential rise in the interest in women’s health and sexual well-being and whilst this should be encouraged, it is vital that any educational and treatment initiatives are provided in a sensitive manner free of any misleading or marketing hyperbole.”

Leading London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley’s view is that laser vaginal rejuvenation techniques can serve a valuable purpose, helping women who are suffering from a number of physiological vaginal complaints. However, he feels these treatments should be closely monitored and agrees that practitioners offering these procedures should have the appropriate training. It is important that they are conducted by qualified and regulated cosmetic or gynaecological surgeons, not offered as a quick fix by commercial ‘cosmetic clinics’, that don’t necessarily have the same strict adherence to surgical quality.