Doctor’s Thoughts on Vaginoplasty
Out of all the procedures we perform at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach vaginoplasty may just be the one that changes the lives of our patients the most profoundly. Many women considering vaginoplasty do so after going through childbirth, this can drastically change their daily lives and their relationships, from an inability to use tampons to difficulty enjoying sex. They’ve burned through every “Kegel exercise” playlist they can find, but nothing seems to bring back the tightness they enjoyed pre-pregnancy. They want to feel young again, to feel close to their partners again – and to feel them again.
For these women, the rejuvenating power of vaginoplasty has the potential to reshape their lives more than any visible procedure. As a practice dedicated to empowerment, we can attest to the inspirational change we see time after time as our vaginoplasty patients regain that inner confidence.
What is Vaginoplasty?
Clinically, a vaginoplasty is a term for a procedure that rejuvenates and tightens the inner walls and muscles of the vagina. Practically, that means a tighter, “stronger” clench and more sensation during sex for both you and your partner. Kegel exercises promise this, but sometimes the loss of vaginal muscle strength is too great for exercises to overcome by themselves.
While the most common reason for this is vaginal childbirth, the reality is that the normal process of aging can be enough to reduce vaginal tightness over time. By addressing the internal issues directly, vaginoplasty can improve both function and feeling in the area.
Am I a Candidate for Vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty can be a life-changing procedure for women who have lost feeling or tightness during sex, are unhappy or insecure about their vaginal health, or just want to regain youthful sensation.
Most of our Newport Beach vaginoplasty patients have noticed a considerable loosening of vaginal muscle over time, whether that is following the trauma of vaginal delivery or through normal aging. In the case of women who delivered children vaginally, this trauma can impact the reproductive organs in multiple ways – from affecting the bladder to impacting the ability to use tampons.
If you are experiencing any of these related issues such as sexual dissatisfaction due to loss of tone and tightness, stress urinary leakage, mild bladder prolapse, or tampons that fall out, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation at our Newport Beach office to see how vaginoplasty might be able to reverse these issues and restore your inner vitality.
The Vaginoplasty Process
Preparing for Vaginoplasty
When you arrive at our office to receive your consultation for a vaginoplasty Newport Beach plastic surgeons, Drs. Nichter and Horowitz will listen to your concerns with empathy and sensitivity. These issues are more common than you might think, and there are many solutions to them.
As part of your consultation, we will develop a surgery plan tailored specifically to your needs to maximize the effectiveness of your upcoming surgery. Your surgeon may recommend additional non-surgical treatments such as Viveve as well as the use of the V-fit and Apex treatments at home.
On your surgery day, your doctor will meet with you after you arrive to go over your surgery with you one more time. If you have to undergo general anesthesia for your procedure, please remember to make sure you have arranged transportation home before the surgery, as you will not be allowed to drive home on your own.
The procedure itself takes about an hour to perform. Using care and precision, your surgeon will make small incisions to tighten the muscle ring just inside the vagina. The surgeon will then remove the excess loose pink mucosa that lines narrowing the vaginal canal and by placing sutures to aid the healing process that will dissolve over time.
As you might imagine, it is very important for a delicate and precise procedure like vaginoplasty to have an experienced surgeon who is skilled, knowledgeable, and attentive to your wishes. You and your surgeon will work together during the planning phase of your surgery to make sure that the result is what you want it to be.
If you struggle with a protruding labia or looseness of the external skin, an additional procedure called a labiaplasty can be done to address this during your vaginoplasty.
Vaginoplasty Recovery and Results
You should plan to take time off work to focus on your recovery after vaginoplasty. Most patients require at least one week of downtime, but the specific amount varies based on the procedure you have performed and your tolerance for discomfort.
There will be mild discomfort for the first few days following surgery. Even after it fades, it is important to give the area time to fully heal. As you heal, you will begin to notice a significant improvement in the tightness of your vaginal canal (as well as your outer labia, if you elected to have it addressed in surgery as well). While this may feel exciting and invigorating, it is important to remember that patients should avoid tampon use or intercourse for at least six weeks following vaginoplasty.
During your consultation, your doctor will answer any questions you have about your recovery, and will also provide you with a recovery plan to maximize the benefits of your procedure.
How Much Does Vaginoplasty Cost?
When determining the price for your procedure, we factor in the costs for the operating room, the surgeon, anesthesia and anesthesiologist, aftercare, and your unique procedure. While cost is obviously important, we believe that the competency and experience of the surgeon and the trust they instill are the considerations that will make the biggest difference in the results of your surgery. That’s why at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer financing and multiple payment methods, so you can focus on what really matters: your health and safety.
Vaginoplasty at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery
At the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery’s Newport Beach boutique office, our goal is to make you feel welcome and comfortable from the moment you step in the door. Our quiet, comfortable consultation rooms give you an accepting place to sit and talk with our board-certified plastic surgeons.
Drs. Nichter and Horowitz are here to listen and answer questions, not pressure or sell. You are on a journey of transformation. Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will help make that journey a positive one. Call or click our online form to schedule an appointment today.