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Vaginoplasty - Vaginal Tightening Surgery Procedures | Indications, Methods and Recovery Times

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Last updated: 11/15/2009

Perhaps surprisingly, vaginal tightening surgery is becoming increasingly common. Vaginal tightening along with labia restoration or labioplasty, hymen repair and G-spot enhancement surgery are among a growing selection of 'designer vagina' surgery procedures. Vaginal tightening surgery is a relatively simple procedure with little risk of complication and the recovery time is quite short. This article reviews the basic facts about vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
Why are vaginal tightening procedures sought out?
During vaginal child birth, women often must have an episiotomy to widen the birth canal to accommodate the infant’s head. An episiotomy involves surgically widening the vaginal opening. While the surgical incisions of an episiotomy are closed, the vaginal orifice is often wider than it was prior to the pregnancy. Women often seek information on vaginal tightening procedures post-childbirth, to restore their vagina to its pre-pregnancy tightness. Vaginal tightening surgery promotes increased sexual pleasure for both the man and woman during vaginal intercourse. While it is possible for childbirth to cause bladder control problems, a separate operation is usually performed to help restore this function or in combination with vaginal tightening.
Which part of the vagina is affected?
The muscles at the back of the vagina are greatly affected by pregnancy and childbirth. This posterior wall is usually brought together, from side-to-side, during surgery. The sides are stitched together to shorten them with dissolvable sutures, and the excess skin is removed. Alternatively, other types of vaginal relaxation can also be treated with vaginoplasty.
What types of vaginal relaxation conditions can vaginal tightening surgery treat?
The conditions that vaginal tightening surgery can correct include: cystostele, enterocele, rectocele, vaginal vault prolapse, uterine prolapse, urethrocele and perineal relaxation. Rectocele is the condition that posterior wall tightenings can correct. Cytostele and urethrocele correct vaginal ceiling deficiencies and uterine prolapse requires revision of the deepest part of the vagina. Patients are advised to find a surgeon that has experience with several different types of vaginal tightening surgery and vaginal corrective procedures. 
Risk and recovery
The risks of tightening the vaginal muscles are minimal, but do exist. Scarring may actually decrease your sexual sensation, and as with any wound, infection is possible. Risks are greatly increased when patients are diabetic, smoke or are overweight. Surgeons will ideally work with patients to reduce risk factors before performing vaginoplasty surgery.
Recovery may take up to 8 weeks and is recommended by some doctors though most people heal before this. It is best to have a follow-up appointment after vaginal tightening surgery if you want to resume sexual activity prior to the recommended time period.
Who can undergo surgery to tighten vaginal muscles?
Vaginoplasties will produce good results in most patients though it is possible to have little noticeable effect in others. If your surgeon cautions that your results will be likely be minimal, or that your skin elasticity or vaginal shape is not ideal to undergo the procedure, weigh this information carefully before consenting to vaginal tightening surgery. Natural methods to tighten the vaginal muscles such as Kegel exercises and topical creams may be tried prior to surgery. As with any elective, cosmetic procedure it is important to consider the risks and benefits.

Last Updated: 11/15/2009

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