With time, skin everywhere on the body becomes thin. This includes vulvar skin which can thin, become wrinkled, and become easily traumatized. This occurs as a result of decreased collagen and blood supply largely from fluctuating or decreasing hormonal stimulation of the vulvar skin.
Collagen is a major component of all skin. It strengthens skin and provides elasticity. With age, the body produces less collagen which leads to thinning vulvar skin and the development of wrinkles. Smoking and dehydration can worsen this.
The wrinkle reducing effects of collagen enhancing therapy is well known and established with therapies for the face. The same applications can be applied to the vulva. Therapy that increases vulvar collagen results in less skin dryness, thicker skin, and improved elasticity. This means a more youthful appearance and reduction of vulvar wrinkles.
At times, to improve a large amount of wrinkles and depressions, an elipital removal of tissue is necessary. This is a labia majoraplasty. Sometimes combination of labia majoraplasty with labia fat transfer for augmentation is necessary.
Other Treatments for Vulvar Laxity and Wrinkles
A number of different changes in each woman can result in loose vulvar skin. Dr. Ashford employs a range of treatments to address specific changes in each patient. Treatment options for vulvar laxity include: