A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the vaginal canal and reshapes the vaginal opening. Women who experience vaginal laxity due to childbirth or aging may benefit from a vaginoplasty to improve self confidence, sexual intercourse, and personal comfort.
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About the Procedure
Vaginoplasty procedures are surgical treatments to enhance vaginal tightness. The vagina is designed to stretch during childbirth, however, some women feel as though their vaginal canal and opening never retract back to its original size and shape. Some women experience vaginal loosening with age and feel uncomfortable wearing tampons or engaging in sexual activity. A vaginoplasty addresses both excess skin and muscle laxity to improve the look and appearance of the vagina. It is common for this surgery to be combined with other vaginal rejuvenation procedures such as a perineoplasty, labiaplasty, or clitoral hood reduction. During surgery the patient will be under general anesthesia although it is possible to perform the procedure under local anesthesia with a sedative. The patient will lie comfortably on a table with the legs spread apart. Excess skin will be removed at the opening of the vagina based on preoperative discussions with the patient. The vaginal mucosa will then be separated from the vaginal muscles. The vaginal muscles will then be brought together, similar to the techniques used during a tummy tuck, tightening the vaginal canal. The muscles at the vaginal opening will then be tightened, closing a relaxed vaginal opening. Dissolvable internal and external sutures will be used to close incisions. Visible results are noticeable immediately after surgery although patients will need to wait at least 6 weeks before engaging in any sexual activity.
The goal of a vaginoplasty is to address sagging vaginal structures, reduced sensation due to multiple vaginal deliveries, vaginal deformations, lack of vaginal strength and tone, problems with incontinence, an unpleasant gaping appearance of the vagina, or unsightly tissue protrusion from the vagina.
What to Expect
A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the vaginal canal and reshapes the vaginal opening. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a vaginoplasty procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 2 weeks before
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after the surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not shave the pubic region within 2 days of surgery
- General or local anesthesia with sedation
- Patient will lay on a table with the legs spread apart
- Excess skin removed at the opening of the vagina
- Vaginal mucosa separated from the vaginal muscles
- Vaginal canal muscles tightened
- Vaginal opening muscles tightened
- Dissolvable internal and external sutures to close incisions
During recovery, patients should not insert anything into the vaginal canal, including tampons, and should avoid penetrative sexual intercourse for 6 weeks. Do not submerge the vagina and avoid baths, swimming, and hot tubs. Strenuous exercise and activities such as cycling, horse back riding, and motorcycles should be avoided during the recovery period.
The ideal candidate for a vaginoplasty is in good health and is seeking to address sagging vaginal structures, reduced sensation due to multiple vaginal deliveries, vaginal deformations, lack of vaginal strength and tone, problems with incontinence, an unpleasant gaping appearance of the vagina, or unsightly tissue protrusion from the vagina.
Not Recommended For
Vaginoplasty is not recommended for patients who are seeking to treat pyschosexual disfunctions such as inability to achieve orgasm or low sex drive.
Side effects of vaginoplasty, while uncommon, may include infection, bleeding, bowel injury, scarring, or nerve injury.