Introduction to Vaginoplasty
A vaginoplasty or vaginal rejuvenation is designed to tighten the vagina after childbirth or ageing.
Who is suitable for Vaginoplasty/Vaginal Rejuvenation surgery?
Many of our patients come to us because they are unhappy about the tone and lax nature of their vagina. Some women find that post-childbirth their vaginal muscles don’t regain the tone they had previously and as a result, this can cause dissatisfaction for them and their partner during sex. In addition, some women find that after childbirth the perineal body (the muscle between the vagina and the anus) is also damaged. Vaginoplasty or vaginal rejuvenation, corrects these problems to deliver a tighter feel inside and at the entrance of the vagina. Some other women also come to us as aging has resulted in lax muscle in this area.
The procedure and risks
A vaginoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes around 45 minutes. During the procedure, your surgeon will cut into the back of the vaginal wall to expose the muscles underneath. When this is done, the muscle is pulled tight and stitched together with dissolvable stitches. The same is then done to the vaginal wall and any additional skin is then removed.
As with every surgery, this procedure carries some risks such as infection, scarring and loss of sensation. Your surgeon will discuss these in details with you at your consultation. After your surgery, we will ask you to take antibiotics to reduce the chances of infection. The likelihood of loss of sexual pleasure is very slim and many of our patients find that their sexual confidence improves after a vaginoplasty, enhancing their experiences.
As your wellbeing is our number one priority, we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions. Immediately after surgery, you will have 24-hour access to trained staff who will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well.
2 weeks after surgery, one of our trained staff will see you and check your wounds. Your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up and if necessary, for subsequent appointments until you are fully recovered. These follow-ups are standard at Sthetix and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we’ll immediately make arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff and (if needed), by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As the Sthetix surgeons live and work locally, you can always see your surgeon at relatively short notice. After performing the surgery our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area. Very rarely, a surgeon may leave the local area for other commitments but if this happens, we will make sure that there is another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.
How long is the recovery period?
Most patients recover from this procedure after 2-4 weeks.
When can I resume sexual intercourse?
You can resume sexual activity between 6 weeks after the procedure
When can I exercise?
You can usually exercise 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
When can I drive?
You should be able to drive comfortably within 2 weeks of the procedure but please check with your insurance company before you do.
When can I go back to work?
Most patients return to work within 2-4 weeks of the surgery.