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Vaginoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN REJUVENATION OF THE VAGINA CORRECT PROBLEMS AND ENHANCE MY LIFE?
After the stress of single or multiple childbirth, vaginal tissues tend to lose their tone, often resulting in an increase in the width of the vaginal canal. During sexual intercourse, this added width can result in less friction, and decreased pleasure for both partners. Even with regular exercise, including Kegal exercise, vaginal tone may not improve.

Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure where the excess vaginal tissue is removed, the size of the vaginal opening reduced and other supportive tissues in the vagina repaired. The goal of the surgery is to increase the fiction experienced by sexual partners during intercourse, hence improving pleasure. Women often feel greater self esteem after the procedure and improved confidence.

HOW LONG DOES VAGINOPLASTY TAKE?
It generally depends on the extent of the procedure, but each procedure usually takes about one to two hours.

IF I’VE NOT HAD CHILDREN, CAN I STILL HAVE A VAGINOPLASTY PROCEDURE?
Generally, YES! Depending on your individual circumstances you may be a candidate for vaginoplasty. One does not have to have had children to be a candidate for the vaginoplasty procedure, and it is performed quite frequently on women without children. If you are planning to have children, it is recommended you wait until you have completed childbearing to have the procedure.

IS THERE A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE VAGINOPLASTY PROCEDURE WHEN I MUST REFRAIN FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY?
As with any type of surgical procedure, there is usually a period of time needed for the body to heal. Generally, you should refrain from any type of sexual intercourse (vaginal penetration) for a period of 4-6 weeks. Your doctor would advise you if there was a change in this waiting period.

IF I’M VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN, HOW LONG SHOULD I REMAIN AFTER SURGERY BEFORE DEPARTING?
With either Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty, you should be allowed to return home the day after surgery. Your doctor would advise you if there was a change in this waiting period. Read more on our What to Expect page.

WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE MY SURGERY?
All patients undergoing surgery will require basic blood and urine tests as well as a pregnancy test for women. Your doctor will advise you accordingly during your consultation.

WILL IT HURT?
During the procedure, our anesthesia staff assures that you're comfortable and will feel no pain. In every instance, you'll be asleep through the entire procedure. This will be discussed with you in detail during the initial consultation. After surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience will be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.

HOW SOON CAN I GET BACK TO WORK?
It depends greatly on the procedure, but on average most patients are back to work within 3 to 7 days. If complications arise, additional time away from work may be required.

HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN EXPECT A FINAL RESULT?
This varies with the type of operation being performed. It also depends on the individual. Some people bruise easily, while others don’t. Generally there will be swelling and some bruising after surgery. Both will usually disappear over a week or two. The final optimal result can usually be appreciated a few months after surgery.

WILL THERE BE SCARS?
Yes, but they probably won't be noticeable. Your doctor will make every effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines and creases of your skin. The scars will fade over time and become barely noticeable.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
As with any operation there are certain risks. The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring. Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. Specific potential complications vary with both Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty. These will be discussed with you during your consultation for your procedure. To put the risk in perspective, pregnancy is associated with far more risk than any of these procedures.

 

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