Rejuvenating Down There

By Leeann Morrissey © 2007-2009 Staff Writer

Some plastic surgery procedures seem more delicate than others. Rhinoplasty and breast implant revision are just two types of surgeries that require precision and a surgeon’s special eye. But what about "down there?"

Despite a widespread concern (and criticism) regarding the safety and health implications revolved around "tightening and rejuvenating" the vagina, more and more women are undergoing vaginoplasty (vaginal rejuvenation) to improve the function and aesthetic quality of their most private body part.

According to a 2006 statistic rundown from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), just over 1,000 patients were said to have undergone vaginal rejuvenation — a 30 percent increase from 2005′s cosmetic surgical procedures among women. Although these numbers reflect the amount of procedures performed by plastic surgeons, one such medical professional tells that vaginal surgery has been performed for years.

The Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery

Urogynecology and reconstructive surgery specialist Red M. Alinsod, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. of Laguna Beach, Calif. says that gynecologists have performed vaginal rejuvenation surgeries since the early ‘90s. (Labioplasty, hymenoplasty, and pelvic reconstruction are among other types of vaginal surgery.) Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), Dr. Alinsod has pioneered techniques for vaginal surgery that are both functional and cosmetic in nature.

Vaginal Rejuvenation"I used to do procedures as an ‘added benefit’ and never charged for them," he says, realizing that with such a growing interest in this area, he most likely could have at the time. "Only a doctor who is well-trained and specializes in this area should perform vaginal surgery."

Some of the most common reasons why women decide to undergo vaginal rejuvenation surgeries are to:

  • Tighten the vaginal canal
  • Alleviate irritation caused by tight-fitting clothing
  • Reduce pain during sexual intercourse
  • Reduce the prominence of her labia
  • Create a more aesthetic labia minora
  • Reduce the risk of leaking urine

By looking into supportive literature, such as Sex By Design from the founder and director of the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute in Los Angeles, David L. Matlock, M.D., women can gain insight into the various motives and goals behind this plastic surgery procedure. Board certified by the ABOG, Dr. Matlock is known for performing successful surgical procedures on E! Entertainment’s "Dr. 90210," having pioneered and developed Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation ™ and Designer Laser Vaginoplasty ™.

With chapters such as "Tight is Right!" and "Vaginal Entitlement," in Sex By Design, his motive seems clear: to make a woman feel good about herself, inside and out.

According to Lawrence A. Saks, M.D. of Torrance, Calif., who holds a board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), "Many women have problems [in this area], but they don’t know that there is anything that they can do to fix it."

VaginoplastyThis is where a qualified and reputable doctor plays a major role in not only providing beautiful results, but addressing your concerns and answering your questions.

"This procedure is popular with very few doctors. It is important to find someone who specializes in it," Dr. Saks says.

Although vaginoplasty may not be as widely acceptable as liposuction, rhinoplasty, and even breast augmentation, vaginal rejuvenation surgery is still gaining momentum among many women. Plastic surgery is a tool that can be used to help a patient feel comfortable with all aspects of their bodies, including the vagina.

So when selecting a vaginoplasty specialist, it is important that you choose someone who you don’t just feel comfortable with, but who is also highly qualified to perform your procedure. is designed to help you find a plastic surgeon who specializes in vaginal rejuvenation. By browsing through our doctor profiles, you can learn about their location, credentials, and even view vaginoplasty pictures!