What is Vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that makes the vagina tighter by removing excess vaginal lining and tightening the surrounding soft tissues. Due to childbirth and even aging, the vagina can become stretched and the surrounding muscles lose their strength and tone. The loose feeling that many women feel is noticed even by their male partner during sexual intercourse. Vaginoplasty decreases the diameter of the vagina, which results in increased friction during intercourse, making intercourse a much more pleasurable experience for the patient and her partner.
External Vaginoplasty refers to the trimming of labia minora, more commonly known as the lips of the vagina. Some women have very long, unequal labia minora which may be bothersome or may interfere with sexual gratification. More commonly the unsightly appearance of the excess skin causes psychological damage that results in the loss of sexual desire for both partners. Women who have this excessive skin are often so embarrassed by it that it may take years before they discuss it with a friend and even longer before they seek correction of the problem.
If you have this problem it can be taken care of very easily. External vaginoplasty is a procedure undertaken either under general or local anesthesia. The excess skin is carefully removed during a procedure that takes about sixty to ninety minutes. It takes about 2-3 days to recover from the procedure, with swelling lasting a week or two. The end result is a more youthful appearance, improved sensation and a more comfortable and confident sex life.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Vaginoplasty refers to the posterior reconstruction of the vaginal vault and perineum, making the vagina smaller and pelvic floor stronger to assist in achieving the youthful gratification of sexual activity.
As we get older our bodies get worn, torn, stretched and some of our youthful resilience is reduced. The same happens to the vaginal tissues and pelvic floor, especially after pregnancy. The vaginal vault and pelvic floor are stretched, dilated, pelvic muscles become too relaxed, lose strength and tone, and you lose some or all support and control. The vaginal vault becomes stretched and it loses the dilating effect during sexual intercourse and you no longer have the ability to contract, squeeze and relax your vaginal muscles at will. Vaginal rejuvenation vaginoplasty typically tones vaginal muscle and strengthens the pelvic floors, resulting in greater contraction strength and control, thereby enhancing the sexual experience for both partners.
The surgery is a standard gynecologic vaginal procedure where the vaginal vault and pelvic floor are made smaller, and the foundation muscles of the vagina are made stronger. The G-spot which lies in the anterior proximal vagina is not affected by this procedure. Also at this time another problem that can make sex very uncomfortable can be corrected. Some patients may have an enterocele or rectocele, which is a hernia of the bowel or rectum in the vaginal vault which may protrude via the vaginal opening. During vaginoplasty this hernia can be repaired, the pain eliminated, and satisfaction during intercourse restored.
Vaginoplasty, sometimes referred to as Vaginal Rejuvenation or Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery, can give your vagina a youthful appearance, give you more control of your vaginal muscles, and greatly increase the sexual satisfaction for you and your partner during intercourse.
Choosing Vaginal Rejuvenation
Childbirth can change the size and shape of your vagina. While kegel exercises can improve muscle tension, your vaginal diameter may never revert back to its pre-childbirth size. A larger vaginal diameter can result in reduced friction during intercourse and decreased sexual satisfaction for both you and your partner.
Illness or injury may leave the vaginal canal damaged- requiring vaginoplasty to reconstruct or repair the muscles and tissues. If you think you may be a candidate for vaginoplasty, speak with your OBGYN.
The Vaginoplasty Procedure
The vaginal rejuvenation procedure is an outpatient surgery that typically takes one to two hours. Vaginoplasty can either be performed under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia. During the procedure, your gynecologic surgeon will make an incision in the rear floor of the vagina. Excess tissue is removed, and the muscles are tightened.
Once complete, dissolvable stitches are used to close the incision. Generally, you will spend about an hour in recovery. You will need someone to drive you home, once released by your gynecologic surgeon.
Recovering from Vaginal Rejuvenation
The first day or two following surgery, you may experience some light bleeding, swelling, bruising and discomfort. Most women are able to return to work after a couple of days home. Stitches will dissolve within 30-45 days. Normal activity, including sexual intercourse, may be resumed after six weeks.
Risks Associated with Vaginoplasty
After a vaginoplasty, risks include bleeding, infection and scarring. Light bleeding for a day or two is normal and can be managed by wearing a pad. If you experience heavier bleeding, contact your gynecologic surgeon. Antibiotics and keeping the area clean can reduce the risk of infection.
In rare cases, vaginoplasty can reduce sensitivity and sexual pleasure. It is strongly recommended you wait to undergo vaginal rejuvenation until you are done having children, as childbirth can loosen the vaginal muscles, again.
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