What is Vaginal Bleaching and Is It Safe?

What is Vaginal Bleaching and Is It Safe?
February 4, 2022 Dr. Tali Arviv, MD
In Blog
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Vaginal bleaching is a cosmetic process wherein various methods make their vaginas look lighter in appearance. Vaginal bleaching is an entirely cosmetic procedure popular in Tampa and Miami, Florida, though there is no medical foundation behind the lightening process. Some doctors are wary of vaginal bleaching due to potentially dangerous side effects from unprofessional procedures and incorrect aftercare. However, for most people, vaginal bleaching or intimate area lightening is a harmless cosmetic procedure that can boost confidence. 

What Is the Point of Vaginal Bleaching?

The big question is, why lighten your intimate areas anyway? The history of vaginal bleaching isn’t entirely clear. The point, however, is to lighten the genitals cosmetically for the labia and vulvar to look pinker. The idea is that pinker and lighter genitals appear more vibrant, youthful, and less worn. 

Some people have offered the opinion that pornography has influenced the upturn of the procedure. It is common in many sexually explicit productions for both men and women to have less body hair. When less body hair is on the screen, some audiences focus more on the genitalia of the youthful, hypersexualized people in action. Intimate area bleaching may be an attempt to emulate the youthful and largely hairless appearance of the genitalia portrayed in pornographic productions. 

While women and men come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, some want to tweak their appearance. Some women in Miami prefer to stay hairless and fair. Others would instead maintain pubic hair rather than display a vulvar area that has become darker and more calloused from aging, wear, sexual activity, childbirth, clothing, waxing, shaving, swimming, or any number of other ordinary occurrences. Other people suggest that they simply do not prefer skin color variations in the body. As a result, anal bleaching sometimes will accompany the vaginal lightening procedure for people who do not care for skin color variations. 

How Does Vaginal Bleaching Work?

People in Tampa and Miami turn to a selection of treatments for intimate area lightening solutions. Professional care and procedures are the best choices to avoid careless mistakes or questionable aftercare. 

Depending on what area of professional practice you have chosen, intimate area lightening can be completed through lasers, chemical peels, or specialized topical creams. Typically, you will make an appointment with a professional to schedule a consultation for the procedure. Once the details are precise, the final meeting will be made. A topical anesthetic will be applied to the area first when you arrive for your appointment. Once the topical anesthetic has had time to affect the site, the procedure will commence.

Important Tip: Don’t DIY Anything

Genitals are the most delicate area of your body and can easily be damaged and scarred. The medical-grade specialized creams that professionals sometimes use for intimate area lightening are not comparable to over-the-counter products meant for use on the face or other areas of the body. Do not DIY with any procedures involving bleaching your private areas for best results.

Is Bleaching Your Private Areas Safe?

So long as you are under the care of a well-reviewed and licensed professional, your procedure should be relatively quick and easy, not to mention safe. The clinician that performs your lightening will also provide information about the required aftercare of your genital area after the treatment. It is essential to follow these directions carefully to heal quickly and correctly. 

What Are the Side Effects?

If you do not seek care from a professional and your aftercare is absent or lazy, there is a potential for severe side effects. Your genitals could require medical assistance and corrective care if not adequately treated. Potential side effects from vaginal bleaching can include: 

  • Discomfort or itching
  • Painful intercourse
  • Scabbing and scarring 
  • Unbalanced vaginal flora 

Are There Any Benefits to Vaginal Bleaching Aside From Changing the Appearance?

Changing the appearance of the vagina includes more than just one benefit. While the lighter look is truly the only thing newly observable with an intimate area lightening procedure, other benefits occur depending on the person. For some women, the genital discoloration that has naturally occurred over the years has been a source of insecurity. Other women have long desired a lighter vagina than they had. Boosting self-confidence and improving self-image can be a significant game-changer for anyone.

For Best Results, Work With a Professional

No matter the reason for trying vaginal bleaching, the trained professionals at Arviv Medical Aesthetics are ready to walk you through the details of an intimate area lightening service and provide you with specific aftercare tailored to your treatment. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.

 

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