Considering Vaginoplasty? Here’s What You Should Know
Better sex. A tighter vagina. A boost in self-confidence. More and more women are hearing about these benefits and heading to their surgeon for vaginoplasty. According to the latest numbers from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there was a 30 percent increase in the rate of vaginal rejuvenation procedures, up from 793 in 2005 to 1,030 in 2006.
Vaginoplasty Is Not Just An Aesthetic Procedure
Although many vaginal rejuvenation surgeries are performed mainly for aesthetic reasons or to improve sex, some women seek out the procedure for other reasons. Women with vaginal relaxation symptoms, which means the muscles in the vaginal walls have permanently stretched out, sometimes deal with a range of issues including stress urinary incontinence, difficulty keeping a tampon in and discomfort when wearing tight clothing.
These issues can be caused by age, multiple childbirths, significant weight loss or genetics. Vaginoplasty is a common outpatient surgery that many women opt to correct this condition. During the hour to two-hour procedure, the surgeon will tighten and reinforce the stretched out vaginal and perineum muscles. The result? A stronger pelvic floor and more taut vagina.
A tighter vagina also leads to increased friction during intercourse which in turn leads to a more pleasure-infused sexual experience. One study, published in June 2017 in the International Journal of Women’s Health, reported that 66 percent of the women who underwent vaginal rejuvenation experienced a “great improvement in sexual life, 24 percent a significant improvement, whereas just 10 percent a slight or no improvement at all”.
And most women will say if their confidence is boosted then their sex is much better.
What to Expect During Your Vaginal Rejuvenation
Most patients experience some spotting, pain and swelling the first few days following this surgery. Good old fashioned ice can help keep the swelling at bay. In addition, your physician will prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort.
The majority of women are able to resume their normal daily routines by the second or third day post-op and usually return to work within two weeks. Sex and any other strenuous activity should not be attempted until six to eight weeks after the surgery.
Find an Experienced Vaginoplasty Surgeon
For the best results look for a surgeon with extensive experience in vaginoplasty. If he or she has only performed a few of the procedures keep looking. A surgeon who specializes in vaginal rejuvenation surgery will be up-to-date on the latest discoveries in this area and be intimately familiar with both the procedure and the delicate vaginal anatomy.
Dr. Ghozland is a Board-certified OB/GYN who specializes in vaginoplasty. He uses a laser technique that reduces bleeding and improves the precision of the procedure. If you think that you may be a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ghozland.