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A vaginoplasty is an operation to reconstruct and tighten the vaginal opening.
Many women experience a feeling of looseness or laxity during intercourse. This can impact greatly on self-confidence, especially with intimacy. This is a very common concern for women who often feel embarrassed raising it as an issue with their doctor.
Vaginal laxity is usually caused by stretching and tears during childbirth but may also be a consequence of loss of collagen supports with aging. Women who experience this feeling of laxity often request surgery to tighten the vaginal canal, mainly to improve sexual satisfaction. Some women do not require surgical tightening and are suitable for non-surgical Viveve radio-frequency treatment.
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure to tighten and reshape the vaginal canal. Surgery is usually combined with a perineoplasty to tighten the vaginal opening. Vaginoplasty is a complex operation and requires the skill of a surgeon experienced in advanced pelvic floor reconstruction. Surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, takes 1-2 hours, with an average hospital stay of 2 days.
Downtime after a vaginoplasty is around 2 weeks. During this time it is best to wear loose clothing and avoid anything too strenuous. During this time you will usually need to take regular pain relief. Tampon insertion and intercourse should be avoided for at least 6 weeks. After this time you can usually resume normal activities. Healing is complete after 3-6 months.
Most women feel tighter during intercourse with improved sexual satisfaction. Bladder and bowel function may also improve in some cases. The vast majority of women recover well from surgery without complications. However as with all surgery, there are risks such as bleeding, infection, wound breakdown, scarring, pain, and painful intercourse.
Please see the testimonial section to read about Dr Campbell’s patients’ experiences following vaginoplasty surgery.