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Facts About Vaginoplasty

During childbirth, a woman’s vagina enlarges to make room for the baby’s head. Sometimes childbirth actually tears the vaginal muscles, and sometimes a woman can develop a prolapsed pelvis.

Such changes weaken the vaginal muscles and reduce the amount of friction normally present during intercourse. The reduced friction diminishes the pleasure of love-making.

Vaginoplasty tightens loose vaginal muscles. By reducing the amount of excess vaginal mucosa, or vaginal lining, the size of the vaginal muscles is also reduced. A woman with smaller vaginal muscles can offer her bed partner a tighter grip.

In addition, vaginoplasty can sometimes make a woman feel more comfortable with herself. A torn vagina can create a rubbing or pulling sensation, especially when a woman wears tight-fitting clothes. After a vaginoplasty, a woman no longer feels that pull.

Vaginoplasty offers real relief to a woman with a prolapsed pelvis. Such a condition results from the weakening of the muscles at the base of the pelvis. This weakening causes the pelvis to press on the woman’s vagina, triggering severe discomfort in the vaginal area.

Following vaginoplasty such discomfort disappears. Cosmetic surgeons call vaginoplasty by various names – vaginal rejuvenation, aesthetic vaginal surgery and cosmetic vaginal surgery. Each name refers to the same procedure, which takes 60 to 90 minutes to perform.

A woman remains in the recovery room for one hour after a vaginoplasty; then she is free to go home. Someone must wheel her to her car and drive her home, because she cannot walk for the next three days. Sexual activity cannot be resumed for another four to six weeks.

Removal of the vaginal sutures is no longer painful. Cosmetic surgeons now use absorbable sutures when performing vaginoplasty. A woman does need to schedule a post-op visit, though. Like all surgeries, vaginoplasty comes with certain risks, such as infection.

Because vaginoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery, it is generally not covered by medical insurance. Most cosmetic surgeons can offer their patients information about ways to finance a planned operation that is done for strictly cosmetic reasons. In some cases a patient takes out a special type of insurance, one that is intended to cover elective medical procedures.

In other cases, a patient and her doctor agree on a specific payment plan. Such a plan usually calls for a deposit at the time the surgery is scheduled. The remaining amount then comes due on the day of the surgery.