Vaginoplasty

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.

at-a-glance

Vaginoplasty

avg. recovery
3 weeks
permanence
Is permanent
application
Not Applicable
surgical
Yes
cost
$4000 - $20000

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.

Concerns

Vaginoplasty addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

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.

Ideal Candidate

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

Side effects of vaginoplasty, while uncommon, may include infection, bleeding, bowel injury, scarring, or nerve injury.

Pros
  • restore firmness
  • vaginal tightness
  • youthful vaginal appearance
  • repair vaginal canal
Cons
  • difficulty urinating
  • abnormal bleeding
  • abnormal discharge
  • inflammation
  • fistula
  • unsatisfactory results

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