Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure to make the vagina tighter. It is also known as female genital plastic surgery, or vaginal rejuvenation. It works by removing the excess skin and tissues, thus tightening the vaginal walls. It also improves the appearance of the vulva, labia, and clitoral hood. It also helps achieve better-controlled orgasm and sexual pleasure.
Vaginoplasty is generally done to address vaginal laxity, which is a common concern among women after childbirth or due to aging. It can also be used to improve the overall appearance of the vaginal area and in rare cases, to correct medical conditions which cause urinary incontinence or discomfort during intercourse. It is important to note that Vaginoplasty is purely cosmetic, not functional.
Here are some common reasons why vaginoplasty may be done:
Vaginal Tightening: To tighten the vaginal muscles and tissues, which can become stretched or lax due to childbirth, aging, or other factors.
Pelvic Floor Support: To provide support to the pelvic floor and address conditions like pelvic organ prolapse, where pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, may descend into the vaginal area.
Enhanced Sexual Function: Some individuals may opt for vaginoplasty to improve sexual satisfaction, as the procedure can increase vaginal tightness and sensation.
Correction of Congenital Conditions: Vaginoplasty may be performed to address congenital conditions or anomalies of the vaginal canal.
Gender Confirmation Surgery (Vaginoplasty for Transgender Women): As part of gender-affirming surgery, transgender women may undergo vaginoplasty to create female genitalia.
Reconstruction After Trauma or Injury: In cases of trauma or injury to the vaginal area, vaginoplasty can be used to reconstruct and restore function and appearance.
Cosmetic Enhancement: Some individuals may choose vaginoplasty for cosmetic reasons, seeking to improve the appearance of their genital area.
Relief from Discomfort: Vaginoplasty may alleviate discomfort or irritation caused by conditions such as vaginal laxity or excess tissue.
Vaginoplasty is generally suitable for healthy women who are looking to improve the aesthetics and sexual pleasure of their genitalia. To be an ideal candidate for Vaginoplasty, you should have realistic expectations about the outcome and should understand the risks associated with the procedure. It’s important to consult a board-certified Gynecologist and plastic surgeon for an assessment to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for the procedure or not.
Vaginoplasty made the vagina tighter by removing the excess skin and tissues around it, thus, making the walls of the vagina tighter and narrower. It can also be used to repair the vaginal muscles and reduce tears in the vagina caused due to childbirth or repeated intercourse (this technique is called ‘reparative vaginoplasty’). Thus, Vaginoplasty can help improve the overall tightness and control over the vagina and vaginal muscles, giving you a youthful appearance and a better sexual experience.
Vaginoplasty can be broadly categorized into two types - reconstructive vaginoplasty and cosmetic vaginoplasty. The type of Vaginoplasty suitable for you will depend on the amount of laxity and the desired outcomes.
Reconstructive vaginoplasty: It is also known as corrective vaginoplasty, which is performed to repair the vagina after certain medical conditions like vaginal tear, pelvic organ prolapse, and for improving urinary control.
Cosmetic Vaginoplasty: It is also known as vaginal rejuvenation which is done to improve the appearance of the vagina and labia. It can also help reduce trauma or scarring caused by prior medical conditions like pelvic trauma. It can also be used for improving blood flow to the vagina, thus improving sexual pleasure.
Vaginoplasty is usually performed under general or local anaesthesia depending on the type of Vaginoplasty. During the procedure, the excess skin and tissues are removed to make the vagina tighter. If the Vaginoplasty is being done for aesthetic purposes, the surgeon will use a scalpel or laser for better precision and better aesthetics. In some cases, incisions are made in the area near the clitoris to enhance the appearance of the clitoral hood. The incisions are then closed with sutures or adhesive strips.
The potential benefits of Vaginoplasty are:
Patients are encouraged to take some time off work and performing strenuous activities for a few weeks to allow adequate recovery time. During the recovery period, the patient should:
It is important to follow the instructions provided by the doctor for the best recovery within the shortest possible time.
There are several risks associated with Vaginoplasty like:
It is important to understand the possible risks associated with the procedure and discuss them with the doctor in detail before proceeding with the surgery.
For patients who follow the doctor’s instructions and do not engage in activities that can stretch the vaginal muscles, the results of Vaginoplasty can last for years. However, it is important to note that the results of Vaginoplasty may fade over time due to natural aging process or due to pregnancy, childbirth, weight gain or aging. Moreover, if the doctor recommends follow-up procedures (like clitoral hood reduction or labiaplasty) to enhance the results, the procedure may be performed to maintain the outcome of the Vaginoplasty.
Dr. Shruthi AG at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics Clinic in Kanhangad specializes in Vaginoplasty procedures to help women improve the appearance and functioning of their vaginal area. To learn more about the different types of Vaginoplasty procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shruthi AG, mention your concerns, and discuss your desired outcomes to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Our team of experienced doctors will guide you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have about the process, risks, and benefits. So book your consultation today to learn more about Vaginoplasty and how it can help you.
If you’re considering Vaginoplasty to enhance the aesthetics or functionality of your vagina, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shruthi AG at Dr. Prajwal's Aesthetics Clinic in Kanhangad to learn more about the procedure and get expert advice on your expectations and desired outcomes.