What is vaginal rejuvenation?
Perhaps with some delay on the situation in other countries, the issue of vulvo-vaginal rejuvenation appears with power in Spain.
Women have achieved extensive levels of freedom and decision, for the benefit of all, women and men, and demand attention to their anatomy and physiology in the area of the genital organs and sexuality. We must welcome this situation.
Genital rejuvenation encompasses two different and complementary facets:
- The aesthetic and functional surgery of the vulva and vagina.
- Treatments for genital atrophy.
Laser treatment, especially radio frequency or whitening in women’s external genital areas, has experienced growing demand in Spain due to sexual difficulties or simply for their satisfaction with their image. There is no single pattern, just one with which each woman feels comfortable and satisfied.
Vulvo-vaginal surgery has irrupted in Spain, as did cosmetic breast surgery, and the path is unquestionable. It is about respect for the decision and the satisfaction of each individual woman.
Regarding vulvo-vaginal atrophy, this type of consultation is almost always associated with menopause and, indeed, this is the time in a woman’s life where it is most frequent, although not exclusively. At any stage of female life, this disorder and/or the symptoms that usually accompany it may appear (pregnancy and puerperium, sports, tight clothing, waxing, etc.).
The most frequent clinical manifestations of vaginal dryness are decreased lubrication and the appearance of symptoms referred to as burning, stinging, itching and even pain in the vulva and/or vagina.
This entire range of symptoms entails a feeling of discomfort and a continuous search for solutions, with continuous medical visits and treatments that sometimes don’t solve the problem, but perpetuate it over time, all of which can lead to anxiety reactions, rejection of sexual relations and even problems relationships.
Vaginal atrophy is one of the most important determinants of sexual function and urogenital health, with a significant impact on quality of life. Its manifestations and its repercussions can become a significant element of stress for women who experience and suffer from it and may cause disorders of a depressive nature.
Pharmacological treatments have two purposes: to restore the physiology of the genital epithelium and to relieve symptoms.
Non-hormonal treatments are provided with products that usually combine moisturising protective substances and agents that mature the vulvo-vaginal epithelium.
This type of treatment is indicated especially for women for whom hormonal treatments have to be avoided.
They provide temporary relief of symptoms, often followed by vaginal irritation.
They facilitate hydration.
Substances such as soy isoflavones and pink clover.
Other non-hormonal treatments
There are studies that link increased lubrication and quality improvement of the vaginal epithelium with vitamin E.
Products with hyaluronic acid, liposomes, hop extract and vitamin E
They are proving to be effective against vaginal symptoms, since they act synergistically hydrating the deep layers of the epithelium and the superficial ones (hyaluronic acid), improving lubrication and the vaginal epithelium (vitamin E) or as a phytoestrogen (hops). Hyaluronic acid, the main component of the skin and mucosa, optimises their aqueous balance, forms a non-adherent and permeable film that enables vaginal mucosa regeneration.
It has also shown a healing, regenerating, repairing and renewing action on the skin and mucous membranes.
Growth factors (epidemic, insulin-acting, fibroblast and vascular endothelium)
They favour cell regeneration, collagen synthesis and fibroblast metabolism, achieving greater dermal density.
Essential vegetable oils (evening primrose, musk, argan, grape seed and soy)
They are rich in linolenic acid (omega 3 and 6) and oleic acid (omega 9), which promote the skin’s permeability and stability.
Like pullulan, which increases the smoothness of the skin.
To unify and clarify the skin tone.