Improving muscle tone within the vagina is about much more than cosmetic enhancement. For the women who undergo surgical vaginal rejuvenation, or vaginoplasty, here in Ann Arbor, it’s often completely transformative and improves many elements of their lives.
Surgical vaginoplasty is a relatively simple surgical procedure that treats many of the physical complaints expressed by women after childbirth. Weakening of the pelvic floor and vaginal walls can lead to discomfort and symptoms such as:
- Vaginal laxity
- Occasional, episodic incontinence, such as when sneezing or laughing
- Reduced sexual sensation
The results of vaginoplasty can be very long-lasting, and patients report significant reduction in incidences of incontinence, as well as improved sexual satisfaction for both themselves and their partners.
Many people associate vaginoplasty with labiaplasty. While the 2 procedures affect the same area of the body, labiaplasty is typically cosmetic while vaginoplasty is intended to improve the sensation and function of the vagina. Vaginoplasty is not likely to significantly change the appearance of your genitals.
Vaginoplasty is most frequently performed while you are completely anesthetized, although it can also be performed using only local anesthesia and sedation. During your consultation with your surgeon, you’ll review your anesthesia options and decide on the one that best suits you and your procedure.
Once you are properly anesthetized, your surgeon begins by marking the tissues of your vagina that will be affected during surgery. He or she removes a wedge of skin from within the vagina, allowing the remaining skin to be tightened. Using a special type of suture, your surgeon also tightens the underlying muscles for a more complete result.
Once the correct adjustments have been made, and the surgeon is satisfied with the outcome, he or she closes the incisions with sutures. You’ll be moved to a recovery area while you wake up.
Recuperation & Healing
Vaginoplasty is an outpatient procedure, although you’ll need a trustworthy adult to drive you home afterward.
Once at home, give yourself plenty of time to rest. It’s important to avoid excessive physical activity for at least a week, limiting yourself to light household activities or walks around the neighborhood. Although the recuperation is not typically painful, it’s important to avoid straining the treated area in order to allow it to heal properly. Your surgeon will provide you with complete instructions for caring for yourself after your surgery.
Although most vaginoplasty patients can return to light daily activities after about 1 week, physically demanding activities such as exercise should be avoided for a longer period of time. You can safely return to sexual activity after about 6 weeks.
Are you ready to rediscover the joy of your body? Request your consultation online or call us in Ann Arbor at (734) 712-2323.