It’s a sensitive topic discussing sexual health and satisfaction and even more awkward for women to tell their doctors that their vaginas aren’t as tight as they used to be! Vaginoplasty is a surgical tightening of the vagina performed for women who have had vaginal deliveries or those just wanting to regain their vaginal strength for functional and aesthetic reasons.
Dr. Karen Leong and her staff recognize that many women troubled by vaginal laxity may benefit from a vaginoplasty but may be hesitant to discuss this for the first time. As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Leong understands the various reasons you may be considering a vaginoplasty and is supportive, candid, and informative.
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What Is Vaginoplasty?
A vaginoplasty is a procedure to construct, repair, or tighten the vagina. A woman’s vagina can widen due to childbirth, aging, trauma, or many other reasons. This impacts not only vaginal strength but also the ability to feel pleasure in the vaginal area.
The diameter of a woman’s vaginal canal and opening is reduced during vaginoplasty, so she has a healthier vagina and improved sensations during sexual intercourse. This helps our patients’ overall wellbeing, relationships, and confidence.
What Is the Vaginoplasty Procedure Like?
Your goals may be sexual, aesthetic, or medical. The desired outcome is considered during your consultation with Dr. Leong, and the procedure details are confirmed accordingly. Other surgical procedures like labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction may be done during this surgery, so the outer vagina also has functional and aesthetic improvements.
A perineoplasty is also considered for postpartum women as the perineum widens after childbirth, reducing the friction sensation and sexual satisfaction. Many women tear during childbirth or require episiotomy and repair; often, these repairs are insufficient to restore the anatomy of the introitus leading to decreased sensation during penetration and an unattractive gaping opening.
A vaginoplasty may also be combined with other nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments to maintain the healthy functioning of the vagina over the years.
Recovery and Results after a Vaginoplasty
Recovery after a vaginoplasty may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the extent of reconstruction that was needed. Postsurgical care also depends on the type of vaginoplasty performed.
A vaginoplasty may take up to 6 weeks for complete healing. A patient should refrain from sexual activity for 4 and 6 weeks after surgery.
Your follow-up care includes appointments to track your recovery and recommendations for any noninvasive rejuvenation treatments. If you experience complications like excessive bleeding or pain, fever, or vomiting, you will know how to reach out to us for immediate care.
Results of the surgery include improved sexual satisfaction and self-esteem. A ‘designer vagina’ adds aesthetic value while taking care of vaginal laxity and the associated functional issues.
Am I a Good Candidate for Vaginoplasty?
The following individuals could consider a vaginoplasty:
- Women seeking to tighten the vagina after childbirth or any other form of trauma.
- Women who need vaginal reconstruction after cancer treatments or surgery.
- Women affected by any defects in the development of the vagina.
- Women who want a tighter vaginal for a better sexual function.
The average cost of a vaginoplasty procedure depends on the extent of the surgery needed to achieve your end goal. Most procedures start at $9,800.00. However, this is only the cost of surgery. If you want a secondary procedure like a labiaplasty, the costs increase. Patients agree the benefits of treatment are well worth the investment.
We can estimate your costs and can help you find low-interest medical financing if needed.
Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term loosely used to refer to surgical or nonsurgical procedures to improve the vagina’s appearance or function. Vaginoplasty is one such surgical procedure. Dr. Leong offers several femi-surgical procedures for vaginal rejuvenation like:
Labiaplasty, to even out or decrease the size of the inner labia.
Labia Majoraplasty, to reshape the outer labia.
In addition to this, we offer nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments like the labia puff, oh-shots, and laser treatments to benefit the healthy look, feel, and functioning of the vagina.
Vaginal delivery is possible after a vaginoplasty, but we advise you to wait until you’re done having children to undergo this procedure. Childbirth will re-stretch your vaginal canal, and laxity of the vaginal muscles and tissues will recur.