What is vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty (also known as posterior colporrhaphy) is a procedure designed to tighten the vagina. An alternative is noninvasive vaginal tightening through heating tissues with radiofrequency waves (Femilift) or laser. Patients with significant vaginal laxity may not experience a benefit from these non-invasive treatments and may be better candidates for surgical tightening with vaginoplasty.
Reasons patients want vaginoplasty
After childbirth, women may complain of vaginal laxity, resulting from stretching of tissues and separating of muscles, sometimes to the point that a tampon falls out, and this lack of tone can contribute to sexual dysfunction.
What does vaginoplasty do?
Vaginoplasty brings the separated muscles together, and the extra mucosa skin from the back side of the vagina is removed. The external skin can also be removed for a more aesthetic appearance.
Anesthesia for vaginoplasty
While vaginoplasty can be done under local anesthesia, many opt to have it done under general anesthesia for better comfort.
Preparing for vaginoplasty
You will be given full instructions on how to prepare for your vaginoplasty surgery, which will require a gynecological examination and pregnancy test.
Once the amount of tightening to be done is determined, a pie-shaped wedge is marked to delineate the extra skin to be removed from inside the vagina. Beneath the skin, the tissues are tightened with strong sutures. Once the vaginal canal has been tightened, the mucosal skin is sutured closed. If there is external skin that protrudes, this can be reduced as well for a more aesthetic result.
What are the risks of vaginoplasty?
Every operation has risks and potential complications. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients who undergo vaginoplasty have no problems with their surgery and are extremely happy with their results. Risks are rare but when they do occur, additional medications or even surgery may be required. Such risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, pain with intercourse, and deformity. The surgery can result in intercourse that is painful. Most of our vaginoplasty patients, however, never experience these risks.
Please keep in mind that at Rattinan clinic, we will fix any problem or treat any complication for free. If you have an unsatisfactory result and we think additional surgery will help solve the issue, we will perform the surgery for free.
Recovering from vaginoplasty
Following your vaginoplasty surgery, you will need to gently wash the area with soap and water regularly. There will be slight swelling and be bruising for 2-4 weeks. Some pain may be present for approximately one week following the vaginoplasty surgery, but there is generally very little pain associated with this operation.
A prescription for pain medication and antibiotics is given to all our vaginoplasty patients prior to their vaginoplasty surgery to assist with the pain and to prevent any infection.
You should refrain from any vaginal insertion for 6 weeks, including intercourse and tampons. This will allow the incisions to heal completely and prevent any reopening. You should also avoid heavy lifting and exerting too greatly while defecating as this may negatively affect your healing. The vaginoplasty sutures will dissolve and come out on their own.
You should be able to return to work one week after vaginoplasty surgery and resume a light exercise routine. Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks.
What are the results of vaginoplasty?
This procedure typically results in a tighter vaginal canal, which can help enhance sexual satisfaction.
Cost of vaginoplasty
Vaginoplasty can be a stressful surgery for women to mentally and emotionally prepare for, but the reward from it can be life-changing. We would like to help you achieve your goal, which is why we have the inclusive all package available to help you make the most of who you are.
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About the cosmetic gynecologist
Vaginal rejuvenation is best done by a surgeon who is also trained in pelvic reconstructive surgery. The reason is that one out of every three women who’ve delivered vaginally have pelvic floor defects. This is in addition to vaginal laxity. When pelvic floor defects are present and they are not corrected during vaginal rejuvenation, the vaginal rejuvenation will usually fail within a few months.
If they are corrected at the same time, the result will be long-lasting and usually permanent. Surgeons trained in pelvic reconstructive surgery usually have a background in gynecology or urology, not plastic surgery.
Please note that the vast majority of plastic surgeons are not trained in intra-vaginal work (i.e., vaginoplasty/”vaginal rejuvenation).