Laser Vaginal Tightening Complications: Report of Three Cases

Lasers Surg Med. 2019 Nov;51(9):757-759. doi: 10.1002/lsm.23110. Epub 2019 Jun 18.


Background and objectives: Laser vaginal tightening (LVT) outpatient procedures have become increasingly popular for cosmetic reasons, for enhancement of sexual functioning and to treat vaginal laxity, mild pelvic organ prolapsed (POP), and urinary incontinence, although scientific short- and long-term evidence is lacking.

Study design/materials and methods: Report of three patients with vaginal laxity who previously underwent LVT procedures.

Results: Three premenopausal women who previously underwent LVT for vaginal laxity but had no improvement. On subsequent posterior vaginal repair procedures, their vaginal mucosa was found to be scarred or friable, making surgery and dissection more difficult.

Conclusions: LVT procedures lack scientific evidence of safety and efficacy regarding management of mild POP and vaginal laxity, and healthcare providers should counsel and educate their patients of the potential risks, some of which is still unreported. Lasers Surg. Med. © 2019 The Authors. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords: laser vaginal tightening; pelvic organ prolapse; vaginal laxity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Modification, Non-Therapeutic
  • Female
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Vagina / surgery*