A Helpful Guide To Perineoplasty Surgery
Not all gynecological surgical procedures are cosmetic – in fact, some can be truly helpful for enhancing the lives of women. One such surgical procedure that is becoming a real game changer for women everywhere is perineoplasty. This procedure is not only done in the case of cosmetics (although it certainly can be, depending on the patient’s requests). It can also help with some medical conditions and can drastically improve the life of the patient choosing the surgery. Let’s take a look at a perineoplasty, what the procedure is like, and how to care for yourself in the weeks following the procedure.
What is the Perineum?
The perineum is the area between a woman’s vagina and her anus. This area is frequently talked about before and during pregnancy and childbirth. Since the process of childbirth can cause tearing of the perineum tissue, it may have to be stitched together after the birth of a baby. Because of this, scarring can occur, and it can cause uneven healing in the area. It can also cause vaginal loosening, which can lead to dissatisfaction during intimacy. Many women are unaware of the different problems that can be caused by a tear in the perineum tissue- both cosmetic and medical.
What is Perineoplasty Surgery?
Perineoplasty surgery is a surgical procedure that focuses on the area between the vagina and anus. This procedure can be done for cosmetic reasons or medical reasons – and often a combination of both. The procedure can reduce the appearance of scar tissue, as well as make the area look more attractive, and give the individual a better sense of self-confidence. It can also help with sexual satisfaction and improve vaginal tightness. While this procedure is often combined with a labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, or other vaginal surgical procedures, it can also be performed independently. Its main goal is to help restore the perineum to its pre-pregnancy state, reducing scar tissue, damage and vaginal looseness.
How is a Perineoplasty Performed?
After a consultation with a doctor, he or she may recommend a perineoplasty, depending on the individual’s concerns. Whether it be cosmetic or purely to help reduce vaginal loosening and increase sexual satisfaction, your doctor will help you on your quest to help repair any damage and reduce the amount of scarring present.
On your surgery date, you will go into your doctor’s office and be prepared for local anesthesia of the perineum area. This outpatient procedure is typically performed in the doctor’s office, as it does not require general anesthesia, but if you are more comfortable with being put under general anesthesia, it can also be performed in an outpatient surgery center.
After the anesthesia is given, the procedure typically only takes between thirty and forty-five minutes. During the procedure, the doctor will use a CO2 laser to make a V-shaped incision in the area and then remove the scar tissue entirely. After the scar tissue is removed, the remaining tissue and muscles will be brought together with dissolvable sutures to reduce the amount of scarring after recovery.
Risks of Perineoplasty
Since a Perineoplasty is a surgical procedure, there are risks involved. The most common risks are bleeding and infection. Infections can be treated with antibiotics. Constipation can also occur, mostly due to fears of hurting the area, and can often be resolved by using stool softeners.
Recovery After a Perineoplasty
Recovery from a Perineoplasty is generally mild, and most individuals who undergo this procedure can return to work in a few days to a week. The area should always be kept clean and dry, and plenty of fiber and water are necessary to prevent constipation. The pain is usually mild enough to be treated with over-the-counter medications. Mild bleeding is expected and can be remedied using a maxi pad for a few days afterward. The stitches in the area usually dissolve within two weeks, and patients can return to their daily activities, including workout routines, within four weeks. Sexual activity can be resumed around six weeks after the procedure.
If you would like to learn more about the perineoplasty procedure, or to learn if you would be a candidate, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today at 310-393-9359, and we will be happy to answer your questions and get you scheduled for a consultation!