What is a vaginoplasty?

Sometimes referred to as vaginal tightening, a vaginoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that tightens the internal structures of the vagina restoring its youthful parameters. Muscles and tissue can become damaged and lax through childbirth as well as the aging process. A vaginoplasty can help shore up the vaginal canal and surrounding tissue.

What is a labiaplasty?

This is a procedure that is specifically designed to restore natural length and symmetry between the vaginal lips, commonly known as the labia. Many women experience physical discomfort because of lax labial tissues and the embarrassment during intimacy can lead to psychological consequences as well.

Am I a good candidate for vaginoplasty?

Women who are in good health and have realistic expectations concerning their results are primary candidates for the procedure. Women who experience a lack of self-esteem because of vaginal laxity may wish to consider a vaginoplasty.

What will the initial consultation encompass?

During the initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your personal goals and expectations for the outcomes of your procedure. At this point, it is imperative that you are candid about why you are seeking a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. Your surgeon will then take a comprehensive medical history as well as a physical exam. If you are taking prescription medication, you should bring them with you. During the consultation, the physician will also provide you with specific instructions concerning pre-operative actions that may include smoking and alcohol cessation and arrangement for post-operative support.

Can vaginoplasty and labiaplasty procedures be combined?

Absolutely, in fact many female patients find a combination vaginoplasty and labiaplasty better suited to address their specific needs; although, it may be medically necessary to perform the operations separately. The entire vulvovaginal complex can be addressed in one procedure and one recovery period.

Where are the procedures performed?

Generally speaking, a vaginoplasty or a labiaplasty can be performed in an office or clinical setting on an outpatient basis. After care appointments are also carried out in a clinic or examination office.

What can I expect on the day of my surgery?

On the day of your vaginoplasty, labiaplasty, or combined surgeries, it is important to arrive an hour before the scheduled time for the actual surgery. During this hour, preoperative activities including administrative paperwork, final payment, and medical care can commence. An examination and blood panel may be taken to screen for any last minute complications. Depending on which procedure is being performed, you will most likely go to sleep under a general anesthesia. For the vaginoplasty procedure, incisions are made in various parts the vagina in order to excise tissue and strengthen and tighten the vaginal structures. For a labiaplasty, excess issues will be excised, or cut away, to bring the labia back into symmetry. The procedure itself will take an hour, perhaps two depending on what you are having done and what happens under anesthesia. After the procedure has been completed, you will be released into the care of a friend or family member to start your recovery in a home setting.

What can I expect during my recovery?

Recovery from these procedures is fairly straightforward and you can expect a full recovery after only a few weeks. While your body is healing, you may experience light bleeding or spotting as well as bruising and mild swelling. As with any surgery, your recovery will invariably involve discomfort and soreness. Pain can be managed with over the counter or prescription medications. Most women are able to return to work after a couple of days but sexual or strenuous activity should be avoided for six weeks to promote proper wound healing. It is absolutely imperative to follow the physician’s specific postoperative instructions to maximize the results of your vaginoplasty.

What are the risks?

Any surgery comes with a certain degree of inherent risks. While the incidences are rare, risks include excessive bleeding, surgical site infection, permanent scarring, and loss of sensitivity. Adverse reactions from general anesthesia such as nausea, headache, and dizziness have also been reported in a small percentage of patients.

What are my financing options for a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty procedure?

Because you are making a significant financial investment in yourself, most plastic urologists have contracted with professional underwriters and offer a wide array of financing options. Most financing options encompass on-site, credit cards, cash, and payment plans. Paying for a plastic surgery can be daunting for a lot of women and payment choices will likely be addressed during your initial consultation.