Vaginoplasty Vaginal Rejuvenation at Center for Gynecology & Obstetrics in Chicago, IL
Vaginoplasty, often referred to as Vaginal Rejuvenation or Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery, is a reconstructive surgical procedure that is performed to tighten the vagina, tone vaginal muscles, and narrow the vaginal canal. The surgery is often performed to correct vaginal loosening that occurs due to childbirth, aging, genetics, or trauma. Some women who undergo this procedure simply feel that their vagina has never been as tight as they would prefer.
Vaginoplasty can strengthen the function of the vagina, firm and reshape its muscles and soft tissues, improve its appearance, and improve the patient’s sex life. Many women report increased vaginal friction during intercourse leading to a possible increase in sensation, more frequent orgasms, and increased sexual confidence after the procedure.
As a certified gynecologist, Dr. Rahman performs the procedure by tightening the entire length of the vagina rather than just the opening few centimeters – as performed by many cosmetic surgeons. The procedure is performed in a surgical center and typically takes 1-2 hours to complete. Patients are administered IV sedation and local anesthesia to ensure they are comfortable and do not feel any pain during surgery.
During the procedure, the loosened muscles inside of the vagina are pulled tighter and shortened, then held in place by dissolving stitches. Excess vaginal lining is removed to tighten vaginal muscles and soft tissues. Patients spend about an hour in the hospital recovery room and are able to go home once the anesthesia wears off.
Who is a Good Candidate for Vaginoplasty?
Many women are unhappy with the looseness or feel of their vagina, leading to feelings of embarrassment, decreased sexual pleasure, and both mental and physical discomfort.
Childbirth often stretches the birth canal and puts a great deal of pressure on vaginal muscles. The muscles of the pelvic floor relax further with each birth and large babies can take a particular toll on the vaginal canal. After giving birth, some women do not feel like their vagina ever returns to its regular shape and tightness.
For some women, vaginal Kegel exercises are enough to return the vagina nearly to its original form and function. While these exercises can be effective at strengthening the pelvic floor muscles supporting the vagina, they may not impact the vaginal tissue itself and reduce the introitus. Many women find that their vagina simply does not feel or function the same as it did before giving birth.
Age is another factor that can cause the vagina to loosen. As women age, pelvic floor muscles relax and muscles of the vagina soften. For many women, age combined with previous childbirth and hormonal changes can permanently alter the shape of the vagina. Similarly genetics and trauma can have an impact.
A good candidate for Vaginoplasty is a woman who wants to improve the appearance of her vagina, tighten her vagina with the hopes of improving her sex life, and restore her self-esteem and confidence so she can focus on enjoying intimacy without the emotional burden of self-consciousness.
Preparing for Vaginoplasty
There are several steps you can take prior to surgery to reduce risks and ready your body for proper healing. If you are a smoker, you will be required to stop at least two weeks before the procedure. This is very important as smoking can cause complications during the procedure as well as during the initial healing phase. You may need to stop taking certain medications before surgery including aspirin and any other medication that affects the blood. During your consultation, Dr. Rahman will discuss medications and supplements you take to determine if any should be avoided prior to the procedure.
You will need to arrange for somebody to drive you home after surgery, as you will still be feeling the effects of sedation when you leave the office. You may want to arrange for a friend or family member stay with you for the first day or two to help during the initial stage of recovery.
Swelling, soreness and discomfort are normal after surgery, particularly during the first few days of recovery. These symptoms can be managed with prescription pain medication, possibly antibiotics, and adequate rest, and will gradually decrease. Full recovery typically takes six weeks, but may vary based on the patient and the extent of the correction. After a couple of days, you should be able to walk comfortably, and most women return to work 3-5 days after surgery. The stitches will dissolve on their own in 6-8 weeks, but 2-3 post-operative visits will be required to ensure proper healing. You will be able to resume sexual activity in approximately six weeks.
Complications are rare, but as with any surgical procedure, vaginoplasty does carry with it some risk. Risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and possible changes in vaginal sensation or painful intercourse. The incisions made by the gynecologist are extremely precise and are made in discreet areas within the vagina, and with proper care most scars fade over time.
The risk of infection is controlled with antibiotics administered preoperatively, and by having the surgery performed by a gynecologist whose sole specialty is in the inner workings of the female reproductive system, you can rest assured that the greatest care is taken to not only improve the appearance of the vagina, but also the functionality.
For women who suffer from vaginal looseness, vaginoplasty may be the best choice to restore the vagina to its original form and function and improve its overall appearance. To obtain the best results possible in your vaginal restoration, it is wise to seek a certified gynecologist to perform the procedure. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sameena Rahman.