For most of our history, women’s vaginas have wrinkled with age, drooped, and underwent natural processes such as puberty, menstruation, childbirth, and menopause without being scrutinized. They remained unchanged throughout the Western world until 1971 when labiaplasty appeared in a medical journal. While the journal said that the corrective measure meant to cut off excess parts of the inner parts of the labia of women with congenital abnormalities, labiaplasty of a purely aesthetic nature appeared over a decade later.
In May 2015, The Dallas Morning News published an article about vaginal reconstruction surgery coupled with an interview with Margaret Oliphant, a mother of four. They talked about “health issues of the most intimate nature”.
Oliphant endured a number of health issues that concern her vagina. This included internal and external stretching and incontinence – all of which caused pain and discomfort while doing routine activities. Oliphant, who was already in her 40s, recounted with The Dallas Morning News that she underwent a labiaplasty in 2014 among other procedures classified under vaginal rejuvenation surgery. It was a life-changing decision.
Not Just Cosmetic
Oliphant is not alone. As labiaplasty’s popularity soared, women started talking about their vaginas more openly. Sharon Osbourne, for example, discussed undergoing labiaplasty on a talk show and others followed suit. An increasing number of women in the United States have had labiaplasties performed in the past decade and in 2013, the numbers reached 5,000 – a 44% increase as compared to the year before.
Critics believe that most of these labiaplasties are cosmetic in nature. While critics stand behind their opinions about labiaplasty, surgeons reiterate that the procedure is not just cosmetic for most women, explaining that said surgical procedures are used as a treatment for certain medical conditions such as sexual dysfunction and incontinence.
Many women suffer from health issues caused by atrophy in this intimate part of the body. Some have symptoms of itching, dryness, and burning, while others like Oliphant have more serious health concerns.
It also addresses the issues that come with ageing, experts say. After a woman’s reproductive days have ended, estrogen levels go down as expected. While this is perfectly natural, this estrogen decline can lead to vaginal atrophy. This is an uncomfortable condition and can even cause pain during sexual intercourse. In some cases, it even hinders a woman from doing routine activities.
The MonaLisa Touch
A laser treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for gynecologic use, the MonaLisa Touch is designed to treat vaginal atrophy and other issues. How does it work? The laser treatment basically remodels the vagina by encouraging healthier tissues to grow and as a result, strengthens its walls.
Women suffering from vulvovaginal atrophy can benefit from the MonaLisa Touch. It is also ideal for women who have tried estrogen therapy but responded negatively to it.
Should you Undergo Vaginal Rejuvenation?
It must be noted that women have the freedom to undergo vaginal rejuvenation or reconstructive surgery no matter the reason. If you are unsure whether you should avail of the MonaLisa Touch or just let the idea of going through it sit there for a while, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be very happy to answer all your questions regarding this procedure.