Vaginoplasty & Vaginal Tightening FAQ
What is the difference between vaginoplasty, vaginal tightening, and vaginal rejuvenation?
Vaginoplasty is often also referred to as vaginal tightening. While vaginoplasty almost always refers to a surgical procedure, the more generic term “vaginal tightening” may include non-surgical laser procedures. Some other names for vaginoplasty include vaginal reconstruction, vaginal enhancement, and designer vaginal surgery. Vaginal rejuvenation usually encompasses other procedures, such as labiaplasty (labial reduction).
What techniques are used for vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty may be performed using traditional surgical techniques that involve making incisions with a scalpel, or using specialized laser techniques such as Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation (LVR) and Designer Laser Vaginoplasty (DLV), which may reduce the risks of bleeding and scarring, and expedite recovery time, since they cauterize as they make incisions, essentially sterilizing and sealing as they go.
What are Designer Laser Vaginoplasty and Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Designer Laser Vaginoplasty refers to a number of trademarked procedures that use lasers instead of scalpels in order to improve the appearance of vulvar structures such as the labia, hymen, and mons pubis. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is an innovation of Dr. David Matlock, which uses similar laser techniques to restore tightness to the vaginal muscles and to reduce the diameter of the vaginal opening. These procedures are often performed simultaneously for a full vaginal transformation.
What happens during vaginoplasty?
The procedure typically involves making a series of incisions in the genital area in order to shorten and tighten the vaginal muscles, removing any excess mucosa (vaginal lining) in order to reduce the diameter of the vaginal opening, and trimming excess skin. The incisions are closed using dissolvable stitches.
What are the benefits of vaginoplasty?
Many women undertake vaginal tightening procedures in order to restore sensitivity lost as a result of reduced friction during sexual activity. Reducing the diameter of the vaginal opening and tightening the vaginal muscles can increase friction during intercourse and lead to greater sexual satisfaction, as well as potentially improving the appearance of the vagina, which may become stretched or saggy with age or following childbirth. Many women also report improved confidence and self-image as a result of undergoing vaginal tightening procedures.
What if I have concerns before the procedure?
Any concerns can be addressed during a thorough initial consultation with a qualified vaginoplasty specialist. At this time, you should inform your consulting physician of any existing medical conditions, as well as any medications that you may be taking, as these could result in surgical complications. A consultation is also a good opportunity to express your expectations, in order to help your surgeon decide on a treatment that is right for you.
How long does a vaginal tightening procedure take?
While vaginoplasty is considered a surgical procedure, it is performed on an outpatient basis, and usually takes between one and two hours.
How long does it take to recover from Vaginoplasty?
Full recovery from vaginoplasty typically takes up to 13 weeks, depending on the individual and the extent of work being done. Most women can return to sedentary work within a week following the procedure. You can expect some swelling, tenderness, and mild bruising, as well as mild to moderate pain and discomfort, which may be treated with prescription pain medication and cold compresses applied to the area. It is advisable to refrain from sexual intercourse and any other activity in the vaginal area, including the use of tampons, for a period of about 4-6 weeks following vaginoplasty.
Is there a risk of scarring after vaginoplasty?
Like many surgical procedures, vaginoplasty involves making incisions, and therefore carries a risk of scarring. However, it is usually minimal and confined to discrete areas, like the inside of the vagina. Specialized laser techniques, such as Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation (LVR), involve incisions made with a laser instead of a scalpel, and can greatly reduce the risk of scarring.
How much does vaginoplasty cost?
Vaginoplasty at Clinic 360 starts at $4,700 plus HST. However, the cost of vaginoplasty can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the extent of work being performed, the type of anaesthesia, and the number of simultaneous procedures desired. Booking a consultation is the best way to receive an accurate cost estimate.
Will vaginoplasty be covered by my insurance?
Vaginoplasty is considered a cosmetic and therefore elective surgical procedure, and is typically not covered by health insurance. Exceptions may be made for procedures that address medical conditions. Patients are advised to consult with their individual health insurance providers.
Are there any risks associated with vaginoplasty?
Like any surgical procedure, vaginoplasty carries some risk, mostly associated with bleeding, infection, anaesthesia, and scarring. In order to mitigate these risks, it is important to inform your consulting physician of any medications or natural supplements you are taking, as well as any previous or existing medical conditions, as these may lead to surgical complications. Your surgeon will also provide detailed pre- and post-operative care instructions in order to make your surgery and recovery as smooth as possible.
What other types of surgeries can be performed with vaginoplasty?
Some women opt to have several procedures done simultaneously with vaginoplasty. These can include related procedures, such as a labiaplasty (reduction of the vaginal “lips”) or perineoplasty (tightening of the muscles between the vaginal opening and the anus). Depending on the surgeon performing the procedure, other cosmetic procedures can also be performed, such as breast augmentation or rhinoplasty (nose job).
Does vaginal tightening hurt?
Because of the use of anaesthesia, patients should not feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort following vaginoplasty, which may be treated with prescription pain medication and by applying cold compresses to the area. This pain should subside as the area heals. Some patients find that vaginal tightening can make sexual intercourse painful. It is important that this be considered and discussed in detail before deciding on the level of vaginal reduction to be performed.
What type of anaesthesia is used for vaginal tightening procedures?
Vaginal tightening procedures are generally performed under local anaesthetic with sedation or general anaesthetic, depending on the individual, the type of work being performed, and the professional expertise of a licensed anaesthetist.
When can I see results after vaginoplasty?
While some changes will be immediately apparent, such as the reduced diameter of the vaginal opening, you should begin to see the true results after 2-3 weeks, or after all swelling has subsided.