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Vaginoplasty: What to Expect

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Vaginoplasty: What to Expect

Childbirth is typically an incredibly gratifying experience. At the same time, there is no denying the fact that giving birth comes with a downside. The vaginal relaxation that stems from childbirth may not become noticeable until it is coupled with the effects of aging. However and whenever vaginal laxity develops, though, this physical change can cause quite a bit of frustration.

Some of the things a woman may experience due to vaginal laxity and atrophy include:

  • Decreased sensations and stimulation during intercourse
  • Minimal vaginal muscle tone that allows urine to leak
  • Difficulty keeping a tampon in place
  • Embarrassment due to vaginal looseness causing sounds during intercourse
  • Obvious vaginal gaping that can be seen or felt

Women experiencing these symptoms may benefit from vaginoplasty.

What is Vaginoplasty?

Vaginoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that is often called vaginal rejuvenation. This outpatient procedure focuses on internal structure rather than external genitalia (labia). Surgery takes 1 to 2 hours and involves techniques that tighten the vaginal canal. According to studies, approximately 90 percent of women who undergo vaginoplasty report significant improvement in sexual pleasure and self-esteem after their procedure.

It is possible to combine vaginoplasty with labiaplasty to improve internal structure as well as external appearance. Reducing the size of the labia can also resolve discomfort such as

What Happens After Vaginoplasty?

Patients scheduled for vaginoplasty will want to arrange to take a few days off to do nothing but rest. All surgeries are taxing on the body and can result in increased fatigue for up to a week. After vaginoplasty, the surgical area may feel uncomfortable. Ice packs and prescription pain medication typically manage comfort effectively. Overall, recovery is mild enough that most patients return to work within a few days to a week.

Patients are cleared for more strenuous activity over the course of several weeks as they follow up with the surgical team after their procedure. A full 6 weeks of recovery may be needed before a patient may resume:

  • Sexual intercourse
  • Masturbation
  • Tampon use
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Riding a bicycle, ATV, horse
  • Use a hot tub or sauna
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