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    Vaginal rejuvenation and the cosmetic practice

     

    The Many Faces of Vaginal Rejuvenation

    A Google search on “vaginal rejuvenation” suggests the term means different things to different people.

    Dr. GoodmanA vaginal rejuvenation practice without the oversight of a surgeon specializing in vaginal rejuvenation surgery isn’t responsible practice, says gynecologist and female genital plastic and cosmetic surgeon Michael Goodman, M.D. Dr. Goodman, who has 40 years’ experience as a cosmetic gynecologist and two decades as a female genital plastic surgeon, and who is editor of the genital plastic textbook Female Genital Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, says he has answered more than 1,600 questions on RealSelf on the topic of vaginal rejuvenation and has trained more than 40 surgeons to do genital plastic and aesthetic surgeries.

    “The term ‘vaginal Rejuvenation,’ a proprietary term first popularized in the early 2000s by David Matlock, M.D., one of the ‘fathers’ of modern genital aesthetics, is specific in its meaning, which is a surgical procedure to re-build the pelvic floor to re-approximate muscles; remove scar tissue; rebuild the vaginal opening; and rebuild the perineal body, bulking and elevating the area between the vaginal opening and anus,” Dr. Goodman says. “Unfortunately, many non-surgically trained practitioners have co-opted the term and use it for their own marketing benefits.”

    While energy-based equipment has a place in a vaginal rejuvenation practice, cosmetic practices that offer only laser or radiofrequency options provide suboptimal patient care, Dr. Goodman says.

    The best provider to honestly evaluate a patient’s needs in this area is one who can both provide trained surgical therapy and energy-based therapy, as this person will give a fair assessment and not provide second-best, so-called ‘vaginal rejuvenation’ by machine, as that is the only thing they know how to provide,” he says.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is a writer in Boca Raton, Fla., who heads up her company, Words Come Alive.

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