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Women’s bodies go through many changes as a result of hormonal shifts, childbirth and the passage of time. When changes negatively affect the function or appearance of a woman’s pelvic region, it’s only natural for her to want to restore youthful appearance and function to the vagina and vulva. Thankfully, women today have a number of procedures to choose from that can do exactly that.

The benefits of a restorative vaginal surgery procedure are twofold: physical and psychological. Everyone experiences changes to their bodies over time. For some women, the changes brought about by childbirth, aging or other factors can result in embarrassment, low self-esteem and even avoidance of sexual contact. Luckily a Connecticut vaginoplasty surgeon may be able to help.

Physical Benefits

The main goal of many vaginoplasty patients is to enhance, increase or restore sexual function and pleasure. However, vaginal rejuvenation procedures can also help with urine leakage or incontinence. By repairing weakened pelvic floor muscles, a specially trained surgeon can restore strength and elasticity to the entire pelvic region.

Psychological Benefits

With emotional health and confidence so closely associated with healthy female sexuality, the psychological benefits of vaginal restorative surgery should not be overlooked. When a woman is uncomfortable with the way her vaginal area looks, she may find it hard to be intimate, particularly with a new partner. If a gaping opening or enlarged labia cause emotional discomfort, the woman is unlikely to be able to relax and enjoy a sexual encounter.

By restoring elasticity, tone and a youthful appearance to the vagina, vaginal restorative surgery procedures are empowering women all over the world to take control of their sex lives.

Following Childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth certainly can change your body. Of course, certain changes are less outwardly obvious than others are. Sometimes, it’s not stretch marks or sagging breasts that you find upsetting after having a child (or several), but changes to a more personal—and less visible—area of your body.

An enlarged, loose or slack vagina after giving birth, even after the usual recommended healing period of 6 to 8 weeks, is not uncommon, particularly among older mothers and those who have had several children.

In many cases, the entire birth canal (including the inner and outer areas), loses its original tone and elasticity. This often results in less sexual enjoyment for the woman, and in some cases, her partner.

Reconstructive Surgery vs. Cosmetic Surgery

For some women, vaginoplasty after having children is a personal decision based on aesthetic desires, just like the decision to have liposuction or a face-lift. As a cosmetic procedure, vaginoplasty can restore a youthful look and feel to the vagina, perineum and surrounding tissue.

Each patient’s goals are unique, so it’s a good idea to discuss your needs and concerns with your cosmetic vaginal surgeon before deciding what procedure is right for you.

In some cases, such as a vaginal prolapse or extensive tearing, vaginoplasty is a reconstructive procedure. In others, it’s cosmetic, regardless, the end result is the same: a new comfort level with your most intimate places.

Impact on Self Image

The psychology of vaginoplasty can help women develop a better view of themselves. It is important to keep in mind that through small changes, it is possible to make a significant difference in you. At a recent TED conference, speaker Amy Cuddy, a respected social psychologist, gave an impressive lecture on the role that nonverbal body language could have on our body.

Whether we use closed body positions in an attempt to protect ourselves or we adopt open power poses, nonverbal language can shape the way we look at ourselves as well as how others see us. These small changes can have a dramatic impact on our behavior and what we achieve in life. Even when we do not feel confident, spending 2 minutes incorporating power poses can affect our outlook and resulting behavior.