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Vaginal Relaxation

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Vaginismus is a condition that causes involuntary vaginal spasms when attempting to insert something into the vagina. It can prevent sex, and can even prevent a woman from using a tampon. Vaginismus is thought to be primarily a psychological condition, but there are various treatments that can help to relax the vagina and allow penetrative sex again. 

If you suffer from vaginismus, don’t be embarrassed to seek out help. Our board-certified, award-winning gynecologist Dr. Rita Shats is gentle and compassionate, and she can help find a treatment plan to restore your sexual function and wellness. 

Call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan or Westchester office. 

What Causes Vaginismus?

Vaginismus and vaginal spasms can be caused by a number of both mental and physical issues, including:

  • Past sexual trauma
  • Emotional issues
  • Menopause
  • Painful sex
  • Radiation treatment

Vaginismus is a psychological condition, but in some cases there may be a physical cause that led to its development. For instance, menopause can make sexual relations painful because of a lack of natural vaginal lubrication and elasticity. This can in turn lead to vaginismus. 

Vaginismus is sometimes confused with another condition called dyspareunia, which is the scientific term for constantly painful sex. Dyspareunia can have a number of physical causes, including cysts or pelvic inflammatory disease. 

Treatment for Vaginismus

There are a wide range of treatments that can be used to help treat vaginismus. These can include:

  • Therapy
  • Sexual counseling
  • Vaginal dilators
  • Botox™
  • Kegel exercises

Some women may need a combination of treatments over time to find relief. We can help you find the best treatment combination for your unique situation.

Botox™ for Vaginal Spasms

We offer Botox™ treatment for vaginal spasms. Although its most well-known use is for reducing facial wrinkles, Botox™ is a proven effective treatment to help relax the pelvic floor muscles in order to reduce involuntary spasms. In fact, Botox™ was originally used to help treat facial spasms before its cosmetic uses were discovered. 

Botox™ treatment for vaginimus is safe and effective when performed by an experienced cosmetic gynecologist. The treatment itself is painless, as we will numb the injection area beforehand. 

Botox™ injections are temporary, and results can last anywhere from 6 months to a year. You may need to have a follow-up treatment after the effects wear off, although for some women just one treatment can help to overcome their vaginismus and they do not need a second treatment. 

Botox™ can also be used for other issues such as urinary incontinence, urinary retention, and anal spasms. 

Schedule Your Vaginal Relaxation Consultation

If you suffer from vaginismus or a related condition, don’t hesitate to contact New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York. 

Clitoral Hood Reduction

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Reduction of the clitoral hood is often performed in conjunction with a labiaplasty, in order to create a more balanced and harmonious look. The folds of the clitoral hood can often create an imbalance in the aesthetics of the genital area if not addressed during a labiaplasty. 

Generally, a clitoral hood reduction is not performed on its own. It is not always needed during a labiaplasty, but is a very common secondary procedure for purely aesthetic reasons. 

If you are interested in a labiaplasty with clitoral hood reduction, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation with our board-certified cosmetic gynecologist, Dr. Rita Shats. 

What Is Clitoral Hood Reduction?

If your clitoral hood has excess folds, it can create a bulge and look disproportionate to the labia. A clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure that can be added onto a labiaplasty in order to create a more balanced aesthetic. 

During a clitoral hood reduction, excess tissue is carefully trimmed in order to bring the clitoral hood in line with the appearance of the labia minora. Each procedure will be different, since each individual patient has differently shaped folds. 

Absorbable stitches are usually used, so that there’s no need to come back in to have stitches removed. Recovery will depend on the extent and complexity of the procedures you had done.

Candidates for Clitoral Hood Reduction

You may be a candidate for a clitoral hood reduction if you are already having a labiaplasty and are concerned about your clitoral hood looking disproportionate to your labia. In addition, the best candidates for clitoral hood reduction and labiaplasty are:

  • In overall good health
  • Non-smokers

Labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction can help to create a more aesthetically pleasing genital area. They can also help to reduce discomfort during exercise or sex that can be caused by overly large labia, and can help you to feel more confident during intimacy. 

Recovery After Clitoral Hood Reduction

Recovery after a labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction typically involves some swelling, itching, and discomfort. We’ll give you prescription medication to help with any pain and discomfort, and we’ll give you advice for dealing with the swelling and itching as well. 

Swelling usually starts to subside after around 3 days or so, while itching may last for around a week. If itching persists, call us, because it could be a sign of infection. 

Patients are usually able to resume exercise after 2 to 3 weeks, and can resume sex after 6 to 8 weeks. Take it easy during the first few weeks of recovery and don’t try to push yourself too hard; your body needs time to rest and heal. 

Schedule Your Clitoral Hood Reduction Consultation

If you are interested in a labiaplasty with clitoral hood reduction, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York. 

Hymenoplasty

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Hymenoplasty surgery is a procedure that restores the hymen. The hymen is the membrane that partially covers the vagina. Although an intact hymen is thought in many cultures to be a sign of virginity, it can be torn due to many other factors besides having sex. 

If a woman with a torn hymen wants to restore the hymen for any reason, she may be a candidate for hymenoplasty. If you are interested in this procedure, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. 

What Is Hymenoplasty?

During a hymenoplasty, we restore the hymenal ring by taking a thin layer of tissue from the vaginal wall and placing it in the location of the torn hymen. It is a surgical procedure performed under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. 

The hymen can tear for multiple reasons, not just penetrative sex. Common causes of a torn hymen include:

  • Exercise
  • Riding a bike or a horse
  • Tampon insertion

A hymenoplasty can repair a torn hymen for women who want to restore it due to cultural, religious, or psychological reasons. It will tighten the vaginal opening and cause bleeding upon penetration. If your religion requires virginity before marriage and this is tested through an intact hymen, a hymenoplasty will help. 

Our board-certified cosmetic gynecologist Dr. Rita Shats is highly experienced, compassionate, and discreet, and she will not judge your reasons for wanting a hymenoplasty. 

Candidates for Hymenoplasty

Hymenoplasty candidates are typically women who have torn their hymen but want or need it to be intact for religious, cultural, or psychological reasons. In addition, candidates should:

  • Be in good general health
  • Be non-smokers
  • Understand the risks and have realistic expectations

If you have given birth, you will not be a candidate for hymenoplasty. During your consultation, Dr. Shats will discuss your medical history and examine you in order to determine if you are a good candidate for this surgery or not. 

Recovery After Hymenoplasty

Hymenoplasty recovery typically takes around 6 to 8 weeks. We’ll give you prescription medication to help with any pain or discomfort, and we’ll also give you detailed post-operative instructions to follow in order to ensure the smoothest possible recovery. 

During your recovery, you should refrain from strenuous exercise and any vaginal penetration, including sex and tampon insertion. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, please feel free to contact Dr. Shats. She will be happy to answer your questions and assuage your concerns. 

Schedule Your Hymenoplasty Consultation Today

If you are interested in hymenoplasty surgery, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York. 

Revision of Episiotomy

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An episiotomy is sometimes needed during a vaginal birth in order to increase the vaginal opening so that the baby can come through more easily. Recovering from an episiotomy can be uncomfortable, and in some cases can cause lasting discomfort and even pain, especially during intercourse. 

If you had an episiotomy that healed poorly and is causing pain or discomfort, you may be a candidate for episiotomy revision surgery. This surgery aims to correct complications that arose during an episiotomy so that you can fully heal and find relief from your discomfort. 

Our cosmetic gynecologist Dr. Rita Shats has extensive experience helping women who have experienced complications from childbirth. Call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan or Westchester office. 

What Is an Episiotomy?

An episiotomy is an incision made in the perineum (the area between the vagina and anus) in order to facilitate childbirth. In the past, episiotomies were a standard procedure during vaginal births as it was thought a surgical incision would heal better than a tear. However, in recent years doctors have realized that this is not the case, and episiotomies are only performed when necessary. 

Episiotomies can cause complications such as:

  • Fistula (a hole between the vagina and rectum)
  • Formation of a “trigger point” that makes intercourse or even tampon insertion painful
  • Granulation tissue
  • Knots or other abnormalities

These complications can cause a severe decrease in your quality of life, and generally will persist without healing on their own. A revision of your episiotomy can help you feel normal again and restore your quality of life. 

Revision Episiotomy Candidates

If you’ve had an episiotomy that didn’t heal well or is causing lasting pain, you’re likely a good candidate for a revision. In addition, candidates for revision episiotomy:

  • Are in good general health
  • Understand the risks
  • Are able to take some time off for recovery
  • Want to restore their ability to have sexual intercourse 
  • Are bothered by pain or discomfort that has not dissipated although significant time has passed since their procedure

You can have a revision episiotomy even years after your original procedure. It’s never too late to regain the quality of life you might have thought you lost forever. 

Recovery After Revision Episiotomy

Recovery after a revision episiotomy is approximately the same duration as after an original episiotomy. It may be longer or shorter depending on the extent and complexity of surgery. 

During your recovery, you’ll need to take care not to strain the area in any way so that the revision heals properly. You’ll have restrictions on activities you can do, and you’ll be sore and tender. You’ll have prescription medications to help you through the first few days, and Dr. Shats will give you tips to help make your recovery easier.

Although it may seem daunting to have to undergo another surgery and long recovery, most women are very happy that they underwent this procedure. The increase in quality of life tends to be well worth the initial pain to get there. 

Schedule Your Revision of Episiotomy Surgery Consultation

If you are thinking about having a revision of episiotomy surgery, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment at New Look New Life today by calling 855-329-1482. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and surrounding areas of New York. 

Vaginoplasty

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A vaginoplasty can help women who have suffered from stretched vaginal tissues and muscles after childbirth. Having one or more children can result in an uncomfortably loose vagina, which can in turn lead to decreased sexual pleasure, self-confidence issues, and even difficulty using a tampon. 

We understand the unique issues that women face as their bodies undergo changes during and after major life events such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Our dedicated cosmetic gynecologist, Dr. Rita Shats, will help you look and feel your best no matter what stage of life you’re in. 

Call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your initial consultation in Manhattan or Westchester. 

What Is Vaginoplasty?

Vaginoplasty is a procedure that surgically tightens the vaginal canal. During a vaginoplasty, we remove excess skin and stitch back together loose muscles. A vaginoplasty does not involve the labia; however, we can perform a labiaplasty together with vaginoplasty if so desired. Many women want to reduce the size of their labia as well as tighten the vagina. 

If you only have mild laxity of the vaginal canal, you may be a candidate for a non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment. We can help to determine which procedure would best benefit you during your consultation. 

Vaginoplasty Candidates

The best candidates for a vaginoplasty:

  • Have significant vaginal laxity 
  • Are finished having children
  • Understand the risks 
  • Are in good general health
  • Do not smoke

You can still have children after undergoing a vaginoplasty, but understand that doing so will very likely compromise your results. This is why we recommend that you be finished building your family before undergoing a vaginoplasty. 

In addition, you should be a non-smoker or able to quit for a few weeks before and after surgery. Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications both during surgery and during recovery. 

Recovery After Vaginoplasty

Vaginoplasty recovery is similar to recovering from an episiotomy performed during a vaginal birth. You’ll experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness that can be managed with prescription pain medications. Typically, patients can return to an office job within 3 to 5 days. If your job requires strenuous labor, you’ll want to wait a bit longer. 

During your recovery, you should:

  • Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions closely
  • Come to all of your scheduled checkups
  • Call us if you have any questions or concerns

You should refrain from any sexual activity for at least 6 weeks. You will also not be able to use a tampon, menstrual cup, or anything that needs to be inserted into the vagina for the same time period. 

Schedule Your Vaginoplasty Consultation Today

If you are interested in tightening your vaginal canal through vaginoplasty, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shats. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York. 

Labiaplasty

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Some women have enlarged labia, which can cause physical discomfort as well as self-consciousness or embarrassment during intimate relations. If you are bothered by your labia and want to reduce the size, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty.

If you’d like to learn more about labiaplasty and whether it’s right for you, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan or Westchester office. Our board-certified cosmetic gynecologist Dr. Rita Shats will be happy to listen to your concerns and discuss a customized treatment plan. 

What Is a Labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that trims the inner labia to reduce their size and correct asymmetry. While non-surgical options exist that can tighten the labia, a labiaplasty can provide much more dramatic results. 

Women who undergo labiaplasty are generally very happy with their results. They find that wearing jeans and tight pants is more comfortable, they have an easier time exercising, and they feel more confident being naked in front of a partner. 

Candidates for Labiaplasty

You may be a good candidate for a labiaplasty if:

  • You experience discomfort when riding a bike, exercising, or having sex due to the size of your labia
  • You feel self-conscious about the size or shape of your labia
  • You are in good general health and do not smoke
  • You understand the risks of surgery and have realistic expectations

Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications from surgery, so it’s vital that you are a non-smoker or are able to quit for a few weeks both before and after surgery. You should also be in overall good health, with no chronic conditions that could interfere with your healing. 

It’s also important to understand that labiaplasty only reduces the size of the labia. It does not tighten the vaginal canal. If you suffer from vaginal laxity as well as large labia, you may benefit from a combination labiaplasty and vaginoplasty.

Dr. Shats will be happy to discuss all of your options during your consultation in order to find the best treatment plan that addresses all of your needs. 

Recovery from Labiaplasty

During your recovery from labiaplasty surgery, you can expect some swelling, itching, and general discomfort. We’ll prescribe medication for any pain, and you can manage the itching and swelling with cold compresses and witch hazel. Dr. Shats will give you instructions and advice to help ensure a smooth recovery. 

Typically, most women can return to work within the first week. You can resume exercise after 2 to 4 weeks, and you can resume sexual relations after 6 to 8 weeks. Check with Dr. Shats if you’re unsure if you’re healed enough to do any particular activities, like swimming or riding a bike. 

Schedule Your Labiaplasty Consultation

If you’re interested in reducing the size of your labia through labiaplasty, call Dr. Rita Shats at New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York. 

Perineoplasty

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The area between the vagina and the anus, called the perineum, is often torn or cut during childbirth. While tears and surgical cuts usually heal naturally without complications, sometimes the healing process can lead to excess scar tissue or deformities that cause lasting pain or discomfort. 

A perineoplasty is a surgical procedure that repairs the perineum. It also tightens the vaginal opening, which can help restore sexual feeling in women who have suffered vaginal laxity due to childbirth. 

If you are interested in perineoplasty, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan or Westchester office. Our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Rita Shats, will be happy to discuss treatment options with you in a discreet and compassionate manner. 

What Is a Perineoplasty? 

A perineoplasty is the general name for a surgery to repair the perineum for either medical or cosmetic reasons. When performed specifically to repair a poorly healed episiotomy, it is called revision of episiotomy surgery. In addition to episiotomy revision, a perineoplasty may be needed if:

  • You suffered extensive tearing during childbirth that did not heal well
  • You’ve experienced decreased sexual feeling due to vaginal laxity
  • You’ve experienced changes in bowel habits or vaginal itching that has not subsided
  • You have “trigger points” that are painful when trying to insert anything into the vagina
  • You still have pain and discomfort after your recovery from childbirth

A perineoplasty can help to correct these issues so that you can go back to your normal, pre-childbirth genital state. Perineoplasty can also be performed at the same time as a vaginoplasty or labiaplasty. 

Candidates for Perineoplasty

The best candidates for a perineoplasty:

  • Are in general good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have medical or cosmetic issues with the perineum that only surgery can correct

You can still have children after undergoing a perineoplasty, although you should keep in mind that having another child can create new problems that you may need another surgery to correct. We typically recommend waiting until after you’re finished having children if you’re undergoing perineoplasty for cosmetic reasons. However, if you are in pain or suffering extreme discomfort, there is no reason to wait for relief. 

Dr. Shats can help determine whether perineoplasty is right for you during your consultation. We offer many types of surgical and non-surgical procedures to help restore your intimate areas after childbirth, and some patients may benefit from a combination of treatments for best results.

Recovery After Perineoplasty

Recovery from a perineoplasty typically takes around the same amount of time as recovery from an episiotomy. During recovery, you’ll need to:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting (including lifting a child)
  • Use a donut cushion when sitting
  • Avoid sex for 6 to 8 weeks
  • Follow all of Dr. Shats’ instructions carefully

If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, please feel free to call New Look New Life. We will be happy to answer your questions, as we want to make sure you heal as well as possible. 

Schedule Your Perineoplasty Consultation

If you are interested in a perineoplasty, don’t hesitate to contact New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York. 

Sexual Wellness

Manhattan woman contemplates vaginal rejuvenation procedure for sexual wellnessOur highly trained cosmetic gynecologist, Dr. Rita Shats, understands the many changes a woman’s body goes through from puberty to childbirth to menopause. Sexual wellness is an integral part of your quality of life. Many women struggle with painful or embarrassing issues that impact their sex life and intimacy with their partner, which is why New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts offers a variety of vaginal rejuvenation procedures and treatments to improve sexual wellness.  More »

Rita Shats, M.D.

Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in ManhattanDr. Rita Shats is our highly trained cosmetic gynecologist at New Look New Life Surgical Arts. She joined our Manhattan practice in 2019 and has extensive experience as an Ob/Gyn. Dr. Shats has received multiple awards and recognition for her work in the gynecology field in New York. She offers unique procedures to our patients, such as vaginal rejuvenation and other GYN services, some of which are covered by insurance. Her drive to help women achieve their cosmetic goals and improve their self-confidence makes her a valuable addition to our team. 

If you’re interested in vaginal rejuvenation or to learn more about your cosmetic gynecology options, contact Dr. Shats at New Look New Life Surgical Arts today at (855) 361-8492. Dr. Shats speaks Italian and Spanish and is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. 

Dr. Shats offers these procedures at New Look New Life Surgical Arts:

  • Vaginoplasty
  • Revision of Episiotomy
  • Vaginal Relaxation
  • Labiaplasty
  • Clitoral Hood Reduction
  • Perineoplasty
  • Hymenoplasty

Education & Research 

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Bernard Baruch College, Dr. Rita Shats earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Ross University School of Medicine in 2003. She then completed her three-year residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center of New York at the Staten Island Division in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department (Ob/Gyn). During her residency training, Dr. Shats was the Chief Resident, Research Coordinator, and Educational Activities Coordinator in the Ob/Gyn department. 

She worked with Dr. Richard Grazi in Genesis Infertility Reproductive Endocrinology and completed Family Planning and Galloway Fellowship rotations at Metropolitan Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her time at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center included research involvement in multiple areas on topics such as maternal factors and effects on birth weight and gestational age as well as maternal obesity, weight gain, pregnancy, and ultrasound features of placental pathology. 

Dr. Shats is a founding physician of Pavlides, Benson & Shats Ob/Gyn Associates, P.C. in Staten Island, and serves at Richmond University Medical Center as an Attending Physician, Associate Director of Gynecology, and Director of Family Planning Clinic. She is also the Director of Medical Education at the American University of Antigua & St. George School of Medicine. 

Awards, Honors, and Certifications 

Rita Shats, M.D., was the 2017 recipient of the Power Woman in Business Award and America’s Top Ob/Gyn Award in 2013. During her education, Dr. Shats received multiple dean’s list awards, including the Dean’s Scholar Award. Her certifications include: 

  • Certified Robotic Surgeon 
  • Board-Certified Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
  • Instructor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at New York Medical College
  • Certified in Basic and Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation 

Contact Dr. Rita Shats at New Look New Life Surgical Arts 

Dr. Shats leads our Cosmetic Gynecology and other GYN services at our Manhattan boutique practice. If you’re interested in vaginal rejuvenation or have other concerns, contact New Look New Life Surgical Arts today at (855) 361-8492 to schedule your consultation. We provide cosmetic surgery and gynecology to patients in surrounding areas of NYC and offer services to those living outside of New York as well. 

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Victoria Karlinsky Carey J. Nease, MD Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D. , Carey J. Nease, MD and Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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