Also known as vaginoplasty. A procedure designed to “tighten up” a vagina that has become slack or loose from vaginal childbirth or aging. Some surgeons claim it can even improve sensitivity.
Originally developed as reconstructive surgery to repair birth defects when the vagina was malformed, too short, or absent (such as in vaginal agenesis), so that a girl could grow up to have normal urination, menstruation, and intercourse.
• Taking days off work.
• You will also be instructed to stop taking aspirin, Ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS).
• If you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking at least two weeks before and after the procedure to reduce the risk of serious complications.
• Wearing loosest panties as much as possible.
• Avoid stressful activities like heavy exercises 1 week before.
• Postpone the procedure date if you have any symptomes of menstruation 2 days before the procedure.
• Eat healthy, and drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the procedure.
Under local anesthesia with oral sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed.
Once the amount of tightening to be done is determined, a pie-shape wedge is marked to delineate the extra skin to be removed from inside the vagina. The tissues are tightened with strong sutures beneath. Once the vaginal canal has been tightened, the mucosal skin is sutured closed. If there is external skin that protrudes, this can be reduced as well for a more aesthetic result.
In most cases, recovery takes about six weeks.
Immediately following surgery, patients will be able to walk and move around once the anesthesia wears off.
In the first 24-48 hours after surgery, patients will be instructed to reduce and minimize any pain, swelling, and bruising by using ice packs over the incisions.
Patients should be able to resume most of their usual activities (and return to work) after about a week of physical rest.
During this recovery period, patients will also be instructed to wear loose cotton underwear and pant bottoms for comfort and to keep from disturbing the incisions.
After Vaginoplasty tightening, many women find it is easier to reach orgasm and experience a greater intensity of pleasure. This is often the case for their male partners too and as a result, women may feel more confident in being intimate.
It is also important that patients avoid having sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, swimming, using a jacuzzi, hot tub, or a bathtub for at least six weeks post-surgery.
Possible complications includes:
• Underresection/ overresection.