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Giving birth naturally can, unfortunately, have a negative effect on your body, particularly the vaginal canal and perineum. This is often especially true if you had an episiotomy during childbirth, an incision made to the perineum to ease vaginal delivery.

A perineoplasty can restore vaginal tightness and correct damage to the perineum, or the area between the anus and vagina. With the right surgical procedures, a Darien perineoplasty surgeon could help you feel the way you did before you became a mom. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Jacobson to begin assessing potential options associated with cosmetic vaginal procedures.

The Purpose of a Perineoplasty

The perineum provides support for the pelvic floor, and a perineoplasty corrects any type of deformities in this area. A vaginoplasty will also tighten the vagina to increase friction and sexual pleasure, but it is not the same procedure. However, some women may choose to have both surgeries performed at the same time.

While most women seek perineoplasty after childbirth, that is not the only reason a woman might pursue this procedure. A woman who has lost a great deal of weight may find their perineum becomes exceptionally loose, which may negatively affect bowel control. Women who experience painful sex because of a narrow vagina may also find a remedy via perineoplasty, as may any woman who has suffered trauma to this area.

Perineoplasty Procedure and Recovery

Perineoplasty is performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon makes a diamond-shaped incision beginning at the high point of the vaginal floor, penetrating through both the perineum and vaginal skin and extending to the anus. The skin within the incised area is removed as necessary. Muscles are then put together, any excess skin or scar tissue from the episiotomy is removed, and the area is sutured closed.

Depending on the type of job performed, patients should expect to take at least a week off work for recovery. Women who do a great deal of physical work may have to wait two weeks or so before returning. The patient should also wear a sanitary napkin for the first few days post-op to collect any post-surgical blood.

Furthermore, women who undergo perineoplasty must refrain from vaginal intercourse for at least six weeks after the operation. They should not put anything in their vagina during recuperation, including tampons or cups during menstrual cycles.

The surgeon will determine when the area has healed sufficiently for vaginal intercourse to resume. While most women recover without issue, there is always the risk of complications with any surgical procedure. The possible side effects of a perineoplasty may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Temporary constipation

Anyone experiencing any of these side effects after this procedure should contact their doctor immediately. Rarely, urine or bowel leakage may occur, but this is also considered a serious problem that may require immediate medical intervention.

Contact a Darien Perineoplasty Surgeon

Women who undergo perineoplasty to regain sexual feeling are usually very happy with the results. Most women report greater sexual satisfaction after the procedure and more confidence in their bodies and attractiveness.

If you would like more information about vaginal cosmetic surgery, including perineoplasty, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today to schedule a consultation or contact our office online. You may have many questions about the procedure, which Dr. Jacobson could review and help answer thoroughly so you can make an informed decision about your health.