At long last, women are speaking their truth and telling society that the only person who can tell them how to look and feel is themselves. To that end, women are being more assertive—asking for and getting what they want—and having plastic surgery procedures done that make a big difference in their lives: vaginal rejuvenation.
I sat down with Dr. Christopher Balgobin of Arijai Aesthetics and Wellness Center, who offers his expertise in Rochester at Posh Facial Esthetics & Med Spa, to talk about vaginal rejuvenation, which he says is “a hot topic right now.”
Walking into Posh Facial Esthetics, I was greeted immediately by friendly staff as I asked to see Dr. Balgobin. He met me in the lobby and welcomed me into the office, which was covered in balloons for an upcoming birthday party.
For having over 100,000 followers on his Instagram account, Dr. Balgobin is not what I was expecting. A laid back, incredibly kind person, his passion for what he does was immediately apparent. Starting his career as an OB/GYN and having delivered over 1,000 babies, Dr. Balgobin has extensive experience working with female patients. Practicing mostly out of Burnsville, Dr. Balgobin performs nonsurgical procedures about once a month at Posh Facial Esthetics.
I’ll admit, I’m not up on the latest procedures for women, and I haven’t had children, so my familiarity with vaginal rejuvenation was extremely limited. Due to my lack of knowledge about the procedure, Dr. Balgobin gave me what he gives all his patients: an education.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a nonsurgical procedure using a laser to tighten the tissues of the vaginal wall. A laser is also used on the external areas known as the labia majora and labia minora. Dr. Balgobin states that the majority of patients having this procedure done are those who’ve had children and experience incontinence while coughing or laughing. The procedure also improves sex for both the patient and their partners by an increase in friction as well as vaginal lubrication. If those weren’t enough positives, the procedure may also reduce bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections by balancing out the vagina’s pH levels.
One of Dr. Balgobin’s patients, a new mother, told me, “I can laugh again and not have to cross my legs.” She noted that while most women would prefer a female doctor, her experience with Dr. Balgobin was awesome and adds, “He’s super personable. He tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat things.”
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THE PROCEDURE
Because of Dr. Balgobin’s passion for education, every patient has a consult before the procedure to review the patient’s health history. If you’ve had an abnormal Pap smear, chronic inflammation, chronic infections or a sexually transmitted disease, then you’re likely not a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation. For healthy candidates there are very few risks.
The procedure itself takes only 15 minutes, and it’s a series of three treatments one month apart. The cost for this procedure is $2,750 compared to $10,000 for vaginoplasty, which is a surgical procedure and has more risks. There’s no intercourse allowed for one week after the procedure, and some patients may notice spotting. Dr. Balgobin recommends a touchup once a year after the initial treatment. To find out more about vaginal rejuvenation or to schedule a consult visit poshfacialesthetics.com or call 507-208-4237.
Caitlin Summers is a freelance writer and advocate for women’s health and education.