A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure which tightens the vaginal canal in order to rejuvenate it and improve its function.
The anatomy of the vagina can change over time or following one or more deliveries. A distended perineum can cause, among other things, prolapsed vaginal walls. This can in turn decrease sexual pleasure in certain women. In serious cases, this may result in urinary incontinence.
“Patients who consider a vaginoplasty generally do so for aesthetic reasons, but mostly because they hope to have a more fulfilling sex life.”
What does the surgery entail?
This procedure is often performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation.
During the procedure, the connective tissue of the muscles lining the vaginal canal is tightened. The perineal muscles are then in a more optimal anatomical position to function. The wound is then closed using melting stitches, which the body absorbs in approximately two weeks. As most of the incisions are made on the mucous membranes in the vagina, there are usually no visible scars.
Frequently asked questions
Kegel exercises are meant to strengthen the muscles of the perineum, as a first-line treatment for perineal muscle laxity. A specialized physiotherapist will teach you how to execute these exercises. Initially, your physiotherapist will teach you to identify the muscles you are targeting. Then, he or she will share exercises and advice to help you improve the effectiveness of your muscle contractions. Your physiotherapist will support, guide and supervise your execution of Kegel exercises.
It is possible that, despite your efforts and perseverance, Kegel exercises are not enough. In such a case, vaginoplasty may be the solution for you.
A vaginoplasty is a minor procedure which can easily be done under local anesthesia, just like a trip to the dentist. For various reasons, some women prefer general anesthesia, which is also an option.
As with any surgery, vaginoplasty is associated with minor risks of postoperative bleeding and infection.
In general, sensation in the genitalia is not altered by this surgery. When resuming sexual activity following a normal recovery period, certain women may experience temporary sensitivity during vaginal penetration.
The clitoris and surrounding tissue are not touched during the procedure, therefore sensation will remain the same following surgery.
Patients heal in the days following the surgery and are therefore able to return to work. Sports are generally resumed about two weeks after the surgery. However, certain physical activities may cause discomfort in the areas affected by the operation beyond the initial two-week recovery period. To ensure you heal properly, it is therefore recommended that you avoid sexual contact with vaginal penetration for the first six to eight weeks following the procedure.
Proper hygiene following surgery is instrumental in ensuring that your wound heals well. You can clean your genitals delicately every day in the shower, letting the soapy water run off your body. However, you must avoid taking a bath during the first three weeks following surgery.
Depending on the correction required, this minor surgery lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Generally, the cost of a vaginoplasty is $12,870. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.
PLASTIC AND AESTHETIC SURGEON
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