What is Vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty or vaginal tightening, is a surgical procedure that is designed to tighten and repair the vagina’s tissue or muscles. The aim of this procedure is to give a woman better strength or control of these muscles, which can lead to greater satisfaction for both the female and her partner during sexual intercourse.
The procedure was initially intended to fix genetic vaginal deformations or repair vaginal stretches and tears that are often the result of childbirth. Now, many women are also choosing to have the surgery for aesthetic reasons.
What does a vaginoplasty do?
A vaginoplasty brings the detached 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.
Preparing for a vaginoplasty
Patients are asked to do a bowel prep prior to surgery.
Vaginoplasty is performed under a general or local anaesthesia. A full vaginoplasty procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours. This procedure usually involves either pulling the pelvic floor muscles closer together, removing any loose excess skin and scar tissue, or a combination of the two. The result of this procedure is that it would give a tighter and a reconstructed vagina that can ideally add more friction and better pleasure during sexual intercourse.
Scarring can occur but should fade out over time. Surgeons tend to be careful about placing an incision sites in the natural folds of skin where they it will be noticed less. The incisions can be made using a traditional scalpel method or by using lasers. Laser incisions are said to sometimes make the healing process easier than scalpel incisions, but the look and feel of the final outcome is generally the same between the two methods. A surgeon will decide which method to use depending on a patient’s specific needs.
What are the risks of a vaginoplasty?
The risks associated with vaginoplasty are similar to many other common surgeries like:
Recovering from a vaginoplasty
Recovery from vaginoplasty is comparatively easy, but does require some planning and organization to ensure that the body heals properly. After a vaginoplasty or a vaginal Rejuvenation procedure patient would need to spend a few hours in the recovery room and then they are cleared to go home within one day, provided there are no other complications. The pain after surgery can causes heavy discomfort, but it can be treated with pain medication and should reduce after a few days. Bruising and swelling of the incision site are common and last for 1 to 2 weeks. Patients are abstained from having sexual intercourse, using tampons, or engaging in any other activity that involves penetration of the vagina for at least 4 to 6 weeks. Within 1 week of the surgery, patients are allowed to return to minimally strenuous work, and a full recovery is expected after about 3 months
This recovery period becomes longer when vaginoplasty is combined with other types of surgical procedures, such as labiaplasty. Doctors usually schedule post-operation check-ups to make sure the healing process is going on as expected. It is also recommended to the patients by doctors to do vaginal exercise therapy in the form of Kegel exercises to strengthen the newly formed muscles and prevent any other future complications.
Vaginoplasty is however not recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to have children. If a woman has the operation prior to giving birth, childbirth could be bit more difficult and painful, and the effects of childbirth on the vagina are likely to nullify the changes made by vaginoplasty.
A woman should not make the decision to have vaginoplasty merely based on the opinion of her partner. Sometimes comments from a partner can make a female feel self-conscious about her body or her ability to satisfy her partner sexually. Nevertheless, vaginoplasty is a procedure that has very personal effects on a female. The decision to alter one’s body in such a way should be made independently and only after seriously weighing the pros and cons of any cosmetic surgery
In conclusion, while there are many women who claim that vaginoplasty has been effective in their sex lives, there is still no guarantee that the procedure would significantly improve one’s sexual experience. But nevertheless, more researches are being done to assess the success of vaginoplasty in increasing the sexual satisfaction of females and their partners. This and the other pros and cons of the procedure should be thoroughly considered before a woman decides to have vaginoplasty or any other cosmetic surgery.