HEAD OFFICE: SUITE 205 LINKSFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE, NETCARE LINKSFIELD HOSPITAL, 12TH AVENUE, LINKSFIELD WEST, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
TEL: 27 11 647-3547/3500 OR 27 11 640-2340 FAX: 27 11 640-2351
In the following section, we will address some of the most frequently asked questions that the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of South Africa receives:
Q: I am interested in having the procedure, can you explain more about it?
A: Because we offer numerous services it is hard to respond to a general question such as yours. We hope the website will assist you in
identifying and determining your concerns and interest. Ultimately, however, a consultation is required for a proper evaluation.
Q: I have had a child (or a number of children) and since then, things just aren't the same vaginally. My vagina isn't the same as
it was before I had children. Sex just isn't as gratifying as before. For me, having children resulted in vaginal enlargement, with
loose, weak vaginal muscles. My vaginal muscle tone is poor and the support outside the vagina at the bottom is poor also. I performed Kegels till I was blue in the face and they didn't help me at all. I didn't know about this procedure. But I am happy to know that something can be done. Please explain to me how Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can correct my problems and enhance sexual gratification.
A: Many women have your exact same problem, share your self conscious concerns, and desire to enhance sexual gratification. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation for the enhancement of sexual gratification is a modification of a standard gynaecological procedure. The laser is used to perform precise, aesthetic surgical incisions. The techniques that we have developed result in a relatively bloodless procedure. In brief, we will tighten the vaginal muscles and support tissues, as well as reduce redundant vaginal mucosa (relaxed vaginal lining). The procedure will enhance vaginal muscle tone, strength and control. It will effectively decrease the internal and outer (introitus) vaginal diameters, as well as build up the perineal body (the area immediately outside the vagina and above the anus. According to Masters and Johnson, sexual gratification for the female is directly related to the amount of frictional forces generated. We can accomplish this. The procedure can also provide an aesthetic enhancement of the external vaginal structures, resulting in a more youthful look. As with all of our surgical procedures you are an integral part of the team
and we listen to you and abide by your wishes.
Q: I have had several children. I have vaginal relaxation and I also lose urine when I laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise. This problem has really impacted on my life, it is socially embarrassing and hygienically unacceptable. Can I correct my urinary problem and enhance sexual gratification all at once?
A: Your urinary problem is called stress urinary incontinence. It is caused by the vaginal relaxation of the top part of the vaginal wall. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can correct your problem of stress urinary incontinence and enhance sexual gratification at the same time.
Q: How long does Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation take?
A: The surgical time depends on the extent of the procedure. In general, the procedure takes about two hours.
Q: What advice can you give out-of-towners?
A: Our head office is in Johannesburg. Consultations are also done in Cape Town (at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital) and
Durban (at the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital) by prior arrangement by our prior arrangement with our Johannesburg office.
Q: Where are the procedures performed?
A: All procedures are performed in theatre at the Netcare Linksfield Hospital, a private Netcare clinic in Johannesburg. Out-of-towners can return home in 4 days.
Q: I haven't had any children but I have some vaginal relaxation and I would like to enhance vaginal muscle tone and strength as well as decrease the vaginal diameter. May I have the procedure?
A: Depending on your circumstances, you may be a candidate for Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. Such procedures primarly involve the bottom
part of the vagina and the perineal body.
Q: What types of anaesthesia are available?
A: You can be provided with your choice of anaesthesia by our anaesthesiologist - local, nerve block, epidural, spinal, IV sedation and general.
Some types of anaesthesia are procedure dependent.
Q: When can I resume sex after laser vaginal rejuvenation?
A: We ask that you abstain from sexual intercourse for 6 weeks. Oral sex may be resumed much earlier.
Q: When can I return to work after laser vaginal rejuvenation?
A: In general, returning to work is dependent on the type of work that you do. Most patients can return within 5 to 7 days.
Q: How much discomfort will I have after laser vaginal rejuvenation?
A: With our technique of submucosal tumescence, pudendal block with long acting local anaesthetic, you will be pain free for the first 18 to 24 hours. After this, patients report mild to moderate discomfort which can be controlled by analgesics (pain tablets) and cold packs to the area.
Q: How much will Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation cost?
The fee depends on the type of the procedure and the extent. A fee range can be provided once we know your particular needs.
Q: What are the surgical risks for laser vaginal rejuvenation?
A: Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is a safer procedure with low risk. To put the risk into perspective, pregnancy is associated with far more
risk than any of these procedures. Like any surgery, the main risks are haemorrhage and infection. These are less than 1%. If one requires
work on both the upper and lower vagina, then there is risk of injury to the bladder and the rectum. This is exceptionally rare. With any
surgery, one can encounter scarring. Over-correction can potentially result in painful sex. Although rare, there are anaesthetic risks also depending on the type of anaesthesia.
Q: Can Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation be combined with Designer Laser Vaginoplasty?
A: Yes, Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can be combined with Designer Laser Vaginoplasty such as laser reduction labioplasty.
Q: Can Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation or Designer Laser Vaginoplasty be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures?
A: In principle, yes. We have available plastic and reconstructive surgeons to whom we will refer you to discuss your own particular needs.