Vaginoplasty is known by several terms, including vaginal rejuvenation, female genital cosmetic surgery, “designer vagina” surgery, and posterior colporrhaphy. No matter what is it called, vaginoplasty consists of tightening the vagina and improving tone.
A Manhattan vaginoplasty surgeon can give your vagina a new lease on life, restoring it to the state before childbirth and/or age took their toll. Contact an experienced surgeon today to schedule a consultation.
Each woman decides to undergo vaginoplasty for her own personal reasons. For some, the primary purpose is improving her sex life. For others, it is a desire to have a more attractive, youthful-looking vagina.
Women suffering from urinary incontinence may undergo vaginoplasty to stop the leakage occurring when they sneeze, laugh, or exercise.
Childbirth, hysterectomy, and aging can cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence. Vaginoplasty is also performed to correct deformed genitalia, whether congenital or the result of trauma.
While the majority of women undergoing elective vaginoplasty do so after they have decided their families are complete, the procedure does not affect fertility and women can bear a child after vaginoplasty. However, those women may want to consider an elective Caesarean section as a future birthing method.
Vaginoplasty takes between one and two hours for the surgeon to perform. Most women prefer general anesthesia for the operation. The surgeon determines the amount of tightening needed, and then proceeds to move the pelvic floor muscles together while removing excess skin.
Incisions are placed in the natural skin folds to minimize visibility and scarring. The end result is a smaller, tighter vagina, allowing for greater friction and pleasure during intercourse.
Women may opt for other genital surgery at the same time as vaginoplasty. This includes labiaplasty, which reduces the size of the vaginal lips.
Vaginoplasty is a relatively safe procedure, but any surgery has risks. A small percentage of patients may experience bleeding or infection. Call the doctor if post-operative pain does not respond to over-the-counter pain medication or if fever is present.
Most women should take at least one week off work following the procedure. During the six-week recovery period, nothing should enter the vagina and women should use pads and liners when menstruating. Wearing loose-fitting cotton underpants during the initial couple of weeks will help to avoid rubbing.
Total body immersion in water – bathing, swimming, hot tubs – is not permitted while recuperating. Patients should take quick, warm showers.
If constipation is an issue, take stool softeners to prevent straining during defecation. Such straining can damage the incisions.
Wait at least two or three weeks post-surgery to resume light exercise. Heavy exercise should not resume until week five or six. Any type of exercise that directly involves the surgery site, such as bicycling, may have to wait longer.
As another part of recovery, patients must postpone from vaginal intercourse for at least six weeks. The vagina needs to heal, so wait until the doctor give approval for resumption of vaginal intercourse.
Prior to resuming intercourse, the doctor may advise some women to use dilators so the first post-vaginoplasty sex proceeds more smoothly. The doctor may also recommend Kegel exercises to strengthen vaginal muscles.
If you would like more information about vaginoplasty, contact Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation.