In the realm of women’s sexual well-being and intimate health, the concept of vaginal tightening surgery has emerged as a transformative and empowering avenue for women seeking to redefine their physical appearance and bolster their self-confidence.
This article is designed to be a comprehensive resource for women seeking information on this possible life-changing procedure.
Understanding Vaginal Tightening Surgery
This surgery is about tightening and repairing the vaginal mucosa and muscles, reducing the diameter of the vagina.
It may be performed with a perineoplasty which is a procedure that deals with tightening and repairing the area between the vaginal opening and the anus also known as the perineum.
A vaginal tightening surgery is different from other non-surgical alternatives such as the use of laser or radiofrequency energy and vaginal tightening gels for vaginal tightening.
Reasons for Undergoing Vaginal Tightening Surgery
The decision to undergo vaginal tightening surgery is usually a personal one. However, the following are common reasons women have for getting this procedure:
- Vaginal Laxity
Women commonly choose vaginoplasty to counter the effects of childbirth, where stretching of the vaginal musculature can result in laxity. Additionally, the natural aging process can contribute to reduced vaginal elasticity.
- Enhancing Sexual Satisfaction
For those experiencing decreased sexual pleasure due to laxity, studies show that vaginoplasty tightens and firms the musculature, improving sensitivity and satisfaction in both women and their partners.
- Pelvic Floor Disorders
Anterior vaginal surgery (anterior colporrhaphy) can be used to strengthen the anterior vaginal wall and support the bladder to correct stress urinary incontinence. This, of course, also has the benefit of tightening the vagina.
- Cosmetic Concerns
Changes in vaginal appearance can impact self-esteem and some women just want to feel better and boost their confidence.
- Reconstructive Needs
Trauma, cancer, radiation therapy or congenital birth defects may require vaginoplasty as a corrective measure.
Actionable Tips You Need to Know Before and After a Vaginoplasty
Thoroughly discuss your goals, expectations and concerns with your surgeon.
- Medical Evaluation
You have to undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure you are physically fit for the procedure and identify any potential contraindications.
- Surgical Planning
Together with your surgeon, you will work on developing a customized surgical strategy that meets your specific expectations.
- Preoperative Instructions
Specific instructions may be given, such as an overnight fast and discontinuation of certain medications. Also, schedule the surgery after your menstruation and groom the genital area.
- Anesthetic Choice
You need to discuss and decide the type of anesthesia that suits you best. Options range from local anesthesia with sedation to regional or general anesthesia.
- You can use ice packs on the surgical site to help in managing post-operative swelling.
- You need to keep the perineum clean and dry, using a squirt bottle.
- You need to steer clear of tampons and sexual intercourse for at least 6-8 weeks post-procedure, to allow your body the necessary time to heal.
- Most importantly, you need to be patient and maintain realistic expectations throughout the recovery period.
A Closer Look at the Vaginoplasty Procedure
- Induction of Anaesthesia
The journey to vaginal tightening surgery begins with the administration of anesthesia, ensuring your comfort and effective pain management throughout the procedure.
- Delicate Incisions in the Vaginal Canal
The surgeon will skillfully make precise incisions in the vaginal canal, providing access to the areas requiring adjustment.
- Meticulous Removal of Excess Vaginal Mucosal Lining
The surgeon will meticulously remove any excess or redundant vaginal mucosal lining, setting the stage for transformation.
- Strategic Tightening and Suturing Process
With precision, the surgeon expertly employs sutures to bring the underlying muscles together, enhancing the tone and firmness of the vaginal canal.
- Meticulous Closure of Incisions
Once the desired outcome is achieved, the surgeon closes incisions using dissolvable stitches.
- Evaluation of Results
Before concluding the journey, the surgeon thoroughly assesses the results to ensure that the restoration of tone and firmness in the vaginal canal aligns seamlessly with your unique goals and expectations.
Exploring Side Effects and Complications of Vaginal Tightening Surgery
Being well-informed about potential side effects and complications allow individuals considering vaginal tightening surgery to approach the decision with realistic expectations and open communication with their healthcare team. Evidence suggests that the complication rate following a surgical vaginoplasty is low and ranges from 2%-3.77%.
However, some complications include allergy to the anesthesia and other drugs and materials used, infection, bleeding, wound breakdown and unsatisfactory results.
Cost of Vaginal Tightening Surgery
The cost of a vaginoplasty can vary significantly, ranging from $4,000 to $15,000 depending on geographical location, surgeon’s skill and training, technique used, anesthetic fees and follow-up appointments.
You can discuss payment options, as it’s often considered cosmetic surgery and hence not covered by insurance companies.
Is Vaginal Tightening Surgery Painful?
While It’s important to acknowledge that pain is subjective and varies from person-to-person, the procedure is typically performed under anesthesia, ensuring it is pain-free. Post-op, some discomfort or mild pain is normal and this can be managed with analgesics prescribed by your surgeon.
Embracing intimate wellness through vaginoplasty is an empowering choice. By arming yourself with knowledge gained from this post and actively engaging in each step of the journey, you pave the way for a positive and new experience.
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Ferdinand Obi (MBBS, MWACS,FMCOG, MPH): Bridging medicine and words.