As women grow older and go through some phases of their lives, a shift of their bodies, including their vaginal areas, is very normal for many to encounter. Many women, however, feel ashamed or dissatisfied with the changes in looks and feelings. Many causes, including pregnancy, childbirth, weight fluctuation, and the normal aging process, may cause changes in the vaginal region. Vaginal rejuvenation is frequently pursued by women who are not comfortable with these changes.

When considering vaginal rejuvenation, there are plenty of choices. Scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is specialized in these procedures is the safest way to settle on a procedure or combination of procedures. I recommend doing your homework and making a list of questions to take with you for review ahead of time. Researching in advance will allow both you and your surgeon to identify your priorities and establish a strategy to obtain the best possible outcomes. To get you started, at your vaginal rejuvenation consultation, here are five questions I suggest you ask.

Am I good candidate?

This question will lead to some of your main fears about your vaginal region being explored. A labiaplasty or labia majoraplasty may do better for women who are more concerned with the size and duration of their vulva region, while those who find that they experience limited vaginal laxity may benefit more from a non-operative procedure. This is also a moment to reflect on your new eating and lifestyle patterns. Live a safe and active lifestyle will help benefit the procedure with better results.

What is the recovery time?

In your recovery period, planning will play a critical role. Some procedures are more invasive than others, so it will help relieve some discomfort to know what to expect and how to plan. You should begin preparation once you know which procedures are going to be right for you. You may need to plan time off, enlist the support of friends and family while healing, as well as prepare meals, to make your downtime much less stressful.

How will the procedure be performed?

It may cause anxiety to have some medical procedure but sharing the procedure’s specifics may help relieve some concerns you might have. Your surgeon will take you through the procedure step-by-step and answer any questions that you have as they go. It typically takes 30 minutes to one hour for non-surgical procedures and no downtime is needed, whereas a labiaplasty can take up to one to two hours to perform and two to five days to recover.

What are the risks?

The advances and improvements in plastic surgery today have made many procedures much safer and more effective. Every medical procedure, however, has some degree of risk. Every medical procedure, however, has some degree of risk. Invasive surgery would certainly have more complications than options for no surgery. To be well-informed and secure in your decision, you should be mindful of these risks and discuss your choices with your surgeon.

What type of results should I expect?

Being realistic and knowing the period in which you will see outcomes and how long these outcomes can last is crucial. Results may be immediate or can take up to three months or longer to see final results, depending on the process. Results often rely on the biology of the patient, the particular treatment chosen, and her commitment to follow-up care. It’s important to speak with your surgeon about all of this so that you have reasonable expectations.

  • Don’t stop with five of these questions. Before your appointment, do your homework and write down all your questions to support you and your plastic surgeon in developing a treatment plan that will help you meet your personal goals.