Vaginoplasty is a surgical practice done to tighten the female pelvic floor muscles near the vagina. The aim of the procedure is to give women enhanced strength or control of these muscles, which may lead to greater satisfaction for both the female and her partner during sex. The procedure was initially proposed to repair vaginal stretches and tears due to childbirth. Nowadays, many women opt for this surgery for aesthetic reasons.
Vaginoplasty, sometimes called “vaginal rejuvenation,” can be performed with slight adjustments depending on the desired outcome of the procedure and whether the surgery is medically necessary or purely cosmetic
Patients undergoing vaginoplasty are usually kept under anesthesia or sedation during the procedure. A vaginoplasty procedure generally takes about one to two hours. The surgery typically involves either pulling the pelvic floor muscles closer together, eliminating any loose excess skin and scar tissue, or a combination of the two. The final result is a tighter, restructured vagina that will ideally give more friction and better pleasure during sex. The incisions can be made by a traditional scalpel method or by use of lasers. Laser incisions make the healing process easier than scalpel incisions, however, the look and feel of the final outcome is usually the same between the two methods
After the vaginoplasty procedure, patients spend a few hours in the recovery room and they are allowed to go home the same day if there are no complications. The pain after surgery can cause discomfort, but it can be treated with painkillers and should subside after a few days. Bruising and swelling of the incision site are common and last for one to two weeks. Patients are advised to avoid sex and the use of a tampon. A full recovery is expected after about three months of surgery.
The risks associated with vaginoplasty are similar to other common surgeries, which may include infection, bleeding, scarring, and blood clots. However, these risks are usually rare as long as the patient is in good health to start with.