Vaginoplasty surgery is another common type of surgery that is for both the vaginal canal and the tissues surrounding the vaginal canal. This procedure involves the strengthening of the muscles and tissues while removing any excess and damaged lining from the vaginal canal. It is also a common thread with the rising trend of designer vagina’s.
There are two ways that this treatment can be undertaken – it might be undertaken as either a medically required reconstructive surgery, or as an elective and cosmetic surgery. The reconstructive version is generally judged to be a medical necessity and is used as a result when the vaginal canal or its associated structures have been damaged or are absent. This results from one of two scenarios; firstly a birth defect or congenital cause such as vaginal atresia, or as a result of an acquired circumstance such as illness from cancer or a physical trauma as a result of an accident or injury. If the vaginal surgery has been performed to specifically reconstruct, or to construct the vulva and vaginal system, then it is referred to as neo vaginoplasty surgery.
If a surgery has been performed for the purpose to specifically reshape and tighten the muscles and lining of the vaginal canal either for the purpose of a younger appearance, or to correct any implications resulting from birth – then it is coined as a vaginal reconstruction and is considered to be a cosmetic reconstruction and as a result is an elective surgical procedure.
To put it simply, the above surgery can be referred to as a face lift for the vagina, and unless there have been severe complications which has resulted in damage being given to the vaginal canal through a trauma or difficult pregnancy, it is considered to be cosmetic and is usually referred to as a vaginal rejuvenation, especially when combined with the procedure Labiaplasty.
Previously, procedures and surgery that involved the vagina were developed to treat and repair vaginal birth defects. These conditions included:
- Müllerrian agenesis or aplasia
- Vaginal agenesis
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
This woman goes through her story of having vaginal agenesis, which is a condition developed before birth. It is a cause of many issues which include a small uterus, or more commonly the complete absence of a uterus. It’s a comforting story designed to give freedom and hope to women with similar health issues.
These conditions were important to repair and correct so that young women would be able to grow up and have the ability to urinate normally, have a menstrual cycle and could be given the opportunity to engage and enjoy sexual activity and intercourse as an adult. These types of surgeries, which are used to correct dysfunction have always been looked upon favorably by gynecologists and doctors because these surgeries and the outcomes of these surgeries have been extensively studied and their effectiveness evaluated on both in terms of success as well as the safety for the patients.
There are several medical and congenital conditions which may require medical intervention to correct. Such surgery will help enable an individual to enjoy an active and enjoyable sex life. Individuals might have been born with such condition, or they might have been subjected to an accident or trauma which has resulted in such an outcome. Such surgeries are always recognised and approved by gynaecologists and doctors and will almost always be partially or fully paid by health insurance.
is a condition which occurs when the vagina or a women stops developing before it has been completed. This is caused as a result of the failure of the vaginal plate to form a canal. It is a congenital disorder which will affect one in every 6,000 women and will require neovaginoplasty surgery in order to correct it.
is a condition where there has been an incomplete development, or even the complete absence of, the vagina and/or uterus of a female. Also described as a congenital disorder, neovaginoplasty is the solution for this issue.
is also a congenital disorder. This is a disorder which sees the Müllerrian duct fail to develop properly. As a result, no uterus will develop and there will be various malformations throughout the entire vaginal region.
Within the last decade or so, vaginoplasty surgery has evolved into a specific set of cosmetic procedures that both plastic surgeons and cosmetic gynaecologists have been marketing as the rise of the designer vagina. It makes sense in a way, we’ve spent the better part of the past decade breaking the taboo of the vibrator industry so now you can put luxury and designer vibrators into your designer vagina! These procedures are designed to tighten up a vaginal canal that has experienced age, or from the effects of childbirth and sometimes both. It is usually combined with labiaplasty surgery to create an all-round face lift.
Vaginal tightening surgery has no real functional purpose. Some surgeons and gynocologists who perform and recommend the surgery make the claim that it can improve sexual sensitivity and satisfaction. However, the primary aim of the surgery is to fundamentally change the aesthetics and appearance of the normal anatomy to create a look and feel that makes you feel better and happier about your own body.
Doctors are proclaiming the same benefits from these procedures that other cosmetic surgeries offer to provide, being:
- Getting more pleasure from life.
- Building intimacy between partners
Plastic surgeons, doctors and gynaecologists who offer and recommend these procedures will often market them as “vaginal rejuvenation” surgeries. These surgeries have been designed to tighten muscles that are considered loose, and which have resulted in the ability to feel less friction and ultimately satisfaction during sexual activity and intercourse. The surgery might also be used to correct feelings of vaginal sagging and heaviness that will often lead women to feeling uncomfortable and potentially developing incontinence.
There are many women who undergo these surgeries in order to enhance their genitalia’s appearance, as well as to rekindle their own sexuality and femineity and improve their physical and mental health and well-being. Having a child can be difficult especially after the tremendous stretching that occurs during a natural childbirth. A woman’s vagina and sexual organs will not seem as tight again as it was before a small human being has pushed their little heads and bodies through it. However, there can be complications. Some women experience more than just vaginal loosening, indeed they might suffer vaginal prolapse and require treatment to correct the problem.
Ageing could also be responsible for causing sagging and muscle laxity, reducing one’s ability to feel as much sensation as before during intercourse. This can result in an increasing level of reduced sexual satisfaction and can be a valid reason for vaginal tightening surgery. When lovers are not experiencing enough friction throughout sexual intercourse it can cause issues between and within partners.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery Can Increase Tightness And Thereby Increase Friction.
One of the issues that people have with vaginal rejuvenation is the concept of what is normal. Normal is a very hard word to actually define, take a look at a variety of sexual practices and behaviours. Some people will enjoy missionary sex, other people require a variety of different tools and implements to help them with arousal, and some might even like to have their penis or vagina locked up behind a cage!
The thing is that women’s genitalia, like men’s, have an exceptionally wide range of naturally occurring aesthetics and appearances which are all considered to be anatomically correct. In that regard, there is no right or wrong appearance for an ideal labia and vagina.
Yet our society is often appearance and sex focused. Women and men are continually bombarded with images in popular culture and television, Facebook, twitter and a wide range of differing mediums. Everywhere you look, there are repeated idealised versions of beauty and what is considered to be the perfect woman. This is partly why Labiaplasty surgeries and vaginoplasty surgeries for cosmetic reasoning are on the rise. These surgeries are appealing to individuals who are obsessed with younger appearances and women who are asking surgeons and doctors to reshape their labia’s to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes this is driven from the mothers of young daughters, other timers because a young woman has developed a complex or is suffering from anxiety because their sexual partner refuses to slep with such ‘ugly’ genitalia, and other times driven by mental health disorders and body dysmorphia or from people suffering from anxiety in regards to their appearance.
For women who are experiencing a reduction in sexual pleasure as a result of vaginal muscles losing their tightness – they have reported great results and success from such activities such as vaginal pumping and vaginoplasty surgery. After such activities they have resumed sexual relations upon recovery and have reported greater sexual pleasure than before. But it’s not necessarily just about the physical effects as well, as you will be aware people are fickle creatures when it comes to sex and sexual performance, and mental blocks can prove to be a major factor with sexual performance. A woman who has been feeling insecure about her appearance and the aesthetics of her vagina might feel uplifted and relieved upon having surgery and therefore will be able to apply herself to the moment more.
Health insurance will not be able to cover cosmetic vaginal procedures. Nevertheless, it is better to choose a reputable surgeon with knowledge and experience and whom has a number of good references. Even if that surgeon costs a little more than others – it is important not to choose a surgeon solely based on their low cost. Quality of the surgical results and your inevitable satisfaction is far more important (and safer) than skimping on price.
There are some specific risks involved in these types of surgeries.
The Most Common Include:-
- Post-surgical bleeding
- Post-surgical infection
- Post-surgical scarring
- Ongoing pain
- Smoking will generally increase infection risks and will impede healing: it is advised to stop smoking at least a month before surgery.
Other Risks Include:-
- Temporary and/or permanent changes in genital sensations (in poorly done surgeries there can be decreased clitoral and vaginal sensations)
- Dyspareunia (painful vaginal contractions and intercourse)
- Tissue adhesions
- Hypersensitivity in the clitoris – sounds fun but it really isn’t
- Pudendal Neuralgia (chronic pain in the pelvis resulting from the entrapment of this nerve following pelvic surgery)
Story of a woman who has extreme hypersensitivity in the clitoris and suffers from over 50 orgasms every day. She tells her story of her treatment, he ability to navigate through a relationship and just how difficult her life was before this.
If a woman has learned and is understanding of the risks and has come to the conclusion of realistic expectations of the surgery then she is almost ready to have the surgery. The final thing that needs to be done is to have the surgeon vetted carefully, and once that has been done, then she is ready for the procedure.
Most genital cosmetic surgeons for women will offer a free consultationfor those that are considering surgery on their vagina. If the woman debates this decision ahead of time and then writes down all questions and concerns that she might have before going to the appointment then she will be in a much better place to cover all of these questions with her doctor, she will have all the information she needs to make an informed decision about whether or not this surgery is right for her.
When it concerns your sexuality and your genitals, then now is not the time to be shy about asking the hard questions. Here are some sample questions to help you with starting your own list:
- What are the medical and social benefits of this procedure?
- Are there any potential short term complications and risks?
- What are the long term risks?
- Will I be experiencing any reduction of clitoral or vaginal sensation as a result of this surgery?
- How will my ability to have and experience an orgasm be affected by this surgery?
- Once I completely recover from the surgery, will there be restrictions on my use of tampons/other feminine hygiene products?
- Will this surgery affect my ability to become pregnant or successfully carry a child to term?
- Will this surgery have any affect my ability to deliver a baby?
- How many vaginoplasty procedures have you done?
- How long will the vaginoplasty procedure take?
- Where will it be done?
- Will I be awake or under anaesthetic during the procedure?
- How long does the recovery period take?
- How long will I be unable to work for?
- Do you offer a payment plan?
Right, so you have now chosen your surgeon and scheduled your vaginoplasty surgery. At least a month before your procedure, you need to stop smoking (if you smoke). Smoking will reduce your levels of oxygenation and it can contribute to blood loss as well as slowing down healing.
Your surgeon will provide your unique and tailored pre-operative instructions for you. It is extremely important to follow all of them to ensure the best level of success for your surgery. A little known fact is that the surgery must be timed to take place at the end of your menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, it cannot be done while you are under the effects of having your period. The reason for this is fairly simple, if it is timed to take place right after the end of your cycle, the surgical wounds and incisions will be healed before your next period begins. This will prevent any irritation by the blood flow.
Before your surgery you will be given a physical, you will also have some blood work done and you will be briefed in regards to the procedure, the risks, and the post-operative period. You’ll also need to prepare for your recovery period following your surgery so that you can have as smooth as an experience as possible. If you are living alone, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up, and drive you home from the surgery. You’ll also need
Get organized for your recovery period before your surgery for a smooth return home and a more comfortable recovery period. If you live alone, arrange now for a friend or family member to drive you home the day of the surgery.
You will need at least a week’s worth of food in the house following your surgery. Maximum rest time will be administered to you to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. Ensure that the house is clean and all major chores have been completed. This includes cleaning the house, ensuring that the laundry has been done, clean sheets have been applied to the bed so that you can immediately get some rest.
Set up your rest station (couch or bed) with important items such as books, magazines, tissues, water, phone chargers etc. Well rested patients will be able to recover from their surgery at a much faster rate
It would be best to wear loose and comfortable clothes to the to the surgery for your procedure. Someone will also need to accompany you to drive you home afterwards, or have an arrangement where they can pick you up. Unless there are unforeseen complications it is unlikely that you will be required to stay overnight. The procedures are fairly simple and quick, with most surgeries being completed within a couple of hours.
Depending on you and your surgeon your surgery will be performed under conscious sedation or general anesthetic. Conscious sedation is a term that is used when a short acting medication is applied. Usually this is diprivan which is also known as propofol. Diprivan is a drug which will keep you asleep but will let you awaken from the procedure as soon as it has been stopped given to you. You should advise your doctor regarding diprivan if you are allergic to eggs or egg products, soybeans or soy produce.
Controversy Surrounding Vaginal Plastic Surgery:-
There’s a lot of controversy around vaginal plastic surgery and there is certainly a healthy level of scepticism regarding the benefits of the surgery. The reason for this is pretty simple – there is a lack of any scientific studies and data which report on the effectiveness of these procedures. Some of the procedures have not been evaluated for inclusion within peer reviewed medical journals and some organisations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are accepted as normal and routine surgical procedures.
For these reasons, ACOG considers them to be largely unproven, some of these medical procedures will offer surgical procedures that have been modified from vaginal surgery where standard medical nomenclature isn’t used. The primary concern of the board is that any individual considering any of these procedures needs to be informed about the absence of scientific data concerning these surgeries before making their decision.
There is also concern emanating from women’s groups who are highly concerned that young women, and women in their late teens, are succumbing to societal pressure in having Labiaplasty surgery so as to conform with ‘accepted’ looks and values. This social pressure results in them cosmetically altering their appearance to suit popular aesthetics as opposed to receiving proper sexual education and given the understanding that all women are different and that there is no accepted normal value for vaginal aesthetics. Boys are a little different in this regard, with their genitals on the outside, and with public toilets, change rooms, locker rooms and what not boys will have often have a greater chance than women to observe their peers and to get an understanding of appearances from their peers.
There are many therapists, counsellors and family GP’s whom are highly concerned that young women and late teenagers are being pressured by a hard sell by the commercialised plastic surgery community which plays on peoples anxieties and into becoming unhappy and discontent with themselves when they do not need to be.
Vaginal plastic surgery was once considered to be the domain of individualswith whom had specific medical needs that warranted vaginal construction and reconstruction. Now the surgical procedure had been modified and made ideal for the modern and confident woman who knows her own body with all its needs and wants, and has the plans to correct unwanted issues that age and child bearing have brought about in her feminine parts.
This procedure can correct a loss of sensation and stimulation during sexual intercourse. It can also help with a penetrative partner slipping out of the vagina during intercourse, as well as alleviating any ‘loose’ sensation, and the inability to keep a tampon in place during the day. There’s a difference between needing this type of surgery and wanting this type of surgery, a woman will want the surgery as it can help improve her quality of life and that she understands and accepts the risks involved in order to achieve this. It should be noted however, that vagina surgeries and procedures for the rejuvenation of the vagina are not intended as a blanket cure all to fix sexual dysfunction.
Sex will not be instantly fixed overnight. It doesn’t instantly transform your sexual experiences into something that’s amazing and perfect. The procedures can help with the improvement of your sex life, your quality of life, and the satisfaction that you get with the appearance of your new and intimate parts.