Vaginal relaxation syndrome occurs when the vaginal wall loses its elasticity. This laxity generally occurs naturally with age, due to a loss of connective tissue, and can also be exacerbated by childbirth. A genetic predisposition to collagen weakness can also cause vaginal relaxation syndrome. Also known as vaginal enlargement, vaginal relaxation syndrome can result in a loss of sensation, decreased sexual satisfaction, difficulty achieving orgasm, and decreased self-confidence and self-esteem.
There are a number of symptoms that accompany vaginal relaxation syndrome, including:
While there are some non-surgical ways to correct vaginal relaxation syndrome, surgical procedures are often the most drastic and effective ways to treat vaginal enlargement.
A vaginoplasty, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, is a procedure that is used to restore the vagina and surrounding muscles. This procedure is often performed on women post-childbirth, since childbirth can stretch out the muscles of the vagina, resulting in vaginal relaxation. Vaginoplasty can be performed as a non-surgical or a non-surgical procedure.
At SpaMedica, all laser vaginoplasty and laser vaginal tightening procedures are performed under either topical or local anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will use a laser to make incisions in order to minimize injury to surrounding tissue and to ensure minimal pain during your recovery period. Your vaginal tissue is then tightened, and sutured together to create a tighter vaginal diameter, as well as a stronger vaginal floor.
If a surgical procedure is not an option for you, there are some non-surgical procedures that can be used to treat vaginal relaxation syndrome.
Laser vaginal tightening uses minimally invasive, laser, and energy-based radiofrequency to improve the symptoms of vaginal relaxation syndrome. At SpaMedica, radiofrequency treatment devices including the ThermiVA and the FORMA V, the Votiva (Invasix InMode), and a fractional radiofrequency vaginal-tightening device called the Fractora V can be used for this procedure, which is performed under topical or local anaesthesia.
The Forma V and ThermiVa treatments use temperature-controlled radiofrequency devices to heat the vaginal lining and tissues, which revitalizes and tightens the vaginal lining and vagina.
IntimaLase is a non-surgical laser treatment that uses a fractional carbon dioxide laser device to rejuvenate and tighten the vagina. The gynecology team at SpaMedica may recommend combining an IntimaLase treatment with another non-surgical procedure, such as the Forma V or MonaLisa Touch, for optimal results.
Like IntimaLaze, the MonaLisa Touch uses a fractional carbon dioxide resurfacing laser to improve vaginal relaxation syndrome and its symptoms, including urinary incontinence, sexual dissatisfaction, and a lack of vaginal moisture.
The Fractora V is a vaginal rejuvenation device co-developed by Dr. Mulholland to improve vaginal laxity and enhance tightening. The vaginal rejuvenation device has very thin needles that are gently inserted into the lining of the vaginal wall. A pain-free radiofrequency current is delivered through each needle, creating a localized thermal injury that heals with new, youthful tissue with good laxity.
The cost of treating vaginal relaxation syndrome will depend on what type of treatment you choose, and whether multiple or combined treatments are required to achieve your optimal result. Generally, surgical procedures are more costly than non-surgical ones; for instance, vaginoplasty begins at $5,999, while Fractora V treatments begin at $799 per treatment. However, it is important to note that surgical procedures will deliver more noticeable, drastic results, and are ideal for more extreme cases of vaginal relaxation syndrome. At the same time, less invasive treatments may be better suited to minor cases, as they will deliver less dramatic results.
Because the vagina and vaginal tissues are sensitive parts of the body, and because issues of vaginal laxity may make you especially self-conscious or shy, it is important to choose a surgeon who is not only skilled and experienced, but is sensitive to the delicate nature of this procedure. At SpaMedica, Dr. Bell and our team of expert clinicians will work with you every step of the way, from your consultation to your recovery, to ensure that your vaginal rejuvenation surgery or procedure is comfortable, effective, and produces your desired results.
Whether you prefer a surgical or non-surgical solution to your vaginal relaxation syndrome, SpaMedica’s expert team of clinicians, alongside Dr. Bell, will offer you top-of-the-line care and incredible results. Contact the clinic to book your consultation today.
The symptom of Vaginal Laxity is a generalized vaginal looseness of the vaginal canal and the Introitus, or vaginal opening. There can be less sensation, resistance and a lack of firmness or responsiveness of the vaginal canal during sexual intercourse and intimacy. This reduced sensation can result in a decrease or diminished satisfaction during intimacy and coitus.
There are multiple causes for vaginal looseness, the most common being peri and postmenopausal changes to the vagina. With decreasing estrogen, decreasing blood flow, loss of collagen and supportive elastic fibers in the vaginal lining, can lead to decreasing muscle tone and diminished muscle thickness and responsiveness.
Vaginal relaxation syndrome can also occur in younger ages following multiple vaginal births or a traumatic vaginal birth with or without medical intervention, such as episiotomy with unsuccessful repair, high-forceps delivery, or tears in the posterior wall of the vagina during childbirth. Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome or Vaginal Laxity can occur at any age, often following multiple childbirth or traumatic childbirth and then can get worse with age, with loss of protective effects of estrogen on the vaginal tissues.
Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome and Vaginal Laxity can commonly occur following childbirth and vaginal delivery, or peri or postmenopausal loss of estrogen and after the treatment of some female cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian and uterine cancer, where estrogen effects have been blocked.
Restore your vagina and surrounding muscles to its condition from your youth or before childbirth.
Tighten the vaginal canal to improve the signs and symptoms of vaginal relaxation syndrome.
A non-ablative radiofrequency device that rejuvenates and tightens the vagina.
A non-surgical laser treatment to relieve the vaginal symptoms women may be experiencing related to childbirth and aging.
A fractional carbon dioxide resurfacing laser that provides major improvements in the symptoms of vaginal atrophy, vaginal laxity, and tightening.
A non-ablative radiofrequency vaginal tightening, labia minora and majora rejuvenation and tightening device.