Vaginoplasty (Female Genital Surgery)

Vaginoplasty (Female Genital Surgery)

Vaginoplasty is plastic surgery of the vagina, often performed to strengthen the vaginal muscles after childbirth and is often referred to as vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginoplasty is also used to correct vaginal defects or to construct a vagina for sex reassignment surgery. Vaginoplasty procedures may involve removing tissue, or grafting tissue from other parts of the body.

Candidates:

Women who generally qualify for vaginoplasty have completed childbearing and are unhappy with the resulting lack of vaginal strength and tone, or have not had children but still desire improvement in the vaginal area.
Occasionally, vaginoplasty is performed to revise abnormalities or certain congenital conditions, such as absence of a vagina at birth or a deformed vagina. It can also be performed to repair the vaginal area following disease or injury. As stated above, it may also be performed as part of gender reassignment surgery. No matter your reason for considering the procedure, it was designed to increase comfort and confidence in the vaginal area.

Procedure and Incisions:

Vaginoplasty can be performed as a reconstructive or a cosmetic surgery. Depending on the desired goals of the patient, the procedure is performed on a targeted area of the vagina.
Reconstructive surgery may be performed in order to make repairs of vaginal defects which may have been caused by disease or a trauma. Reconstruction may involve tissue being taken from an area of the body to be used to reconstruct areas of the vagina.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure performed to tighten the vaginal muscles and to change the appearance. The surgeon will remove excess vaginal lining, surrounding tissue, and tighten the vaginal muscles. This procedure can be performed with a laser.
Sometimes vaginoplasty is combined with labiaplasty – a surgery to reshape the lips. Hymenoplasty, or “revirgination”, involves repairing the hymen to restore it to its original condition. The hymen is a tissue which is broken the first time that a woman has sexual intercourse.
Another procedure sometimes performed is called clitoral hood reduction, which involves removing the tissue which covers the clitoris in order to change the appearance.

  • Post procedure care

Patients should follow hygiene advice from their surgeon. Patients will usually be able to walk comfortably after a few days, but should wait 4 to 6 weeks before having sexual intercourse.

Risks

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Change in sexual sensation

Not recommended for

  • Women planning to have more children

Operating Time:

2-3 hours.

Anesthesia:

Local or local anesthetic with sedation

In/Outpatient:

1 day stay

Duration of Results:

Permanent.