Vaginal rejuvenation is the general term for one or more plastic surgery procedures that enhances the look or function of a woman’s vagina. The internal and external regions of a female’s anatomy may be surgically altered as part of a total rejuvenation, or with a focus on a single area. Many women chose to undergo these procedures to combat the physical toll of childbirth, and to address changes that occur to the body during the aging process. While many women are familiar with two of the practice’s most common procedures – vaginal wall tightening and labiaplasty – most are unaware that a monsplasty can sculpt a woman’s upper pelvic region. Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Feliz, M.D. is an expert in monsplasty, or contouring the pubic hair-bearing bathing suit region of a woman’s body.
Creating Aesthetic Changes in the Mons Pubis
Monsplasty is named for the mons pubis, which is made up of fatty material and situated in an inverted triangular shape above the labia majora, or outer vaginal lips. Because the underlying area is composed of adipose (fat) tissue, area fullness can diminish over time as women age, or conversely, the mons pubis can appear overly full. There are different options in treating the mons pubis during monsplasty: fat grafting to enhance this region, or liposuction, which is sometimes paired with skin excision, to lessen the look of extra fat in this area. Women who feel self-conscious wearing a bathing suit, their underwear, or nothing at all during intimate situations will benefit from monsplasty. While some patients seek a purely aesthetic enhancement, other women report that clothing is ill-fitting and uncomfortable due to their irregular anatomy.
In very thin women, or patients who notice the fat of the mons pubis has become displaced or has dissipated, fat grafting can restore a normal look to the region. First, fat will be harvested from the patient’s own body through a standard liposuction surgery. Areas of excess fatty tissue may include the abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), or buttocks. Typically under general anesthesia, the doctor makes a surgical cut in the skin, inserts the suctioning cannula device under the skin, and removes a sufficient amount of material from the harvest site. The fat is then treated for placement into the recipient area, the mons pubis. Dr. Rodriguez-Feliz may choose to inject the fat under the skin to create the most natural look. Because not all of the fat will survive the transfer, he many slightly overfill this area with the expectation that there will be some volume loss.
Women who have experienced weight fluctuations, or tend to accumulate fat in the abdominal region may feel uncomfortable with the inflated appearance of their mons pubis. Some women report feeling self-conscious about the juvenile appearance of the vagina that extra fat creates. A monsplasty can be performed to eliminate this extraneous tissue to enhance the feminine curvature of the exterior of the vagina. During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Rodriguez-Feliz may opt to have patients placed under general anesthesia to ensure their comfort during this sensitive surgery. He will make a surgical cut, insert the cannula, and suction out unwanted fat. In some cases, extra skin must be cut away as the accumulation of fat tends to stretch out the overlying skin.
Women may choose to undergo different area procedures to enhance the look of the vagina. Childbirth can cause the labia minor (inner vaginal lips) to permanently stretch, and labiaplasty may be a great addition to a monsplasty procedure. In aging women, the labia majora (outer vaginal lips) can lose volume over time, and fat grafting with PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is the ideal cosmetic fix. The genitals can undergo many different changes from the trauma of childbirth to the hormonal changes associated with menopause. Other women may not fall into either category, but wish to alter their natural anatomy for an enhanced vaginal appearance.
Meet Miami Vaginal Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Feliz, M.D.
Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz is a specialist in vaginal rejuvenation and plastic surgery. The doctor began to focus part of his practice on vaginal aesthetics when he noticed a growing trend of women dissatisfied with their anatomy, but with few options of surgeons who catered exclusively to these needs. At a time when vaginal rejuvenation was being developed, Dr. Rodríguez-Feliz joined the discussion, publishing an article on the topic in 2014 for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a scientific journal. The doctor operates at the gold standard level, employing modern techniques with the most current technology.