Vaginal surgery as a cosmetic procedure is becoming more widely available in the U.S., as media such as television and women's magazines have publicized its benefits. Restoring the tighter, firmer feeling of a woman's vagina with a surgical procedure is an option for women who are dissatisfied after childbirth or aging. A safe and simple vaginal surgery has helped thousands of women feel younger and has restored sexual pleasure for women and their partners.
Should I perform vaginal rejuvenation?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons there were about 800 vaginal rejuvenation surgeries reported in 2005, and about 1,000 such surgeries in 2006, making vaginal rejuvenation surgery the third fastest-growing cosmetic surgery in that time period.
However as with any cosmetic, elective surgery, a patient should fully understand both the benefits and risks of a vaginal surgery. Every surgery carries with it some risk of complications, scarring and infection, but the safety record of vaginal surgery is good. Although there is no clinical data drawn from large studies of vaginal surgery, there are no reports of significant problems either.
A good candidate for vaginal surgery must be in good overall health. A complete medical history will be taken before the procedure; a woman should be sure to tell her plastic surgeon about any health issues she is facing.
How is the procedure like?
Vaginal surgery starts with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with the surgery and its variations.
The procedure itself is relatively simple: it involves reducing the size of the vaginal canal with a laser or scalpel. The result is the increase of sexual pleasure of both the woman and her partner by restoring the friction. The surgery can be performed in an accredited surgical center or in a hospital.
The surgery does not take very long. It is usually performed with general anesthesia and a day in a recovery ward can be expected. Afterwards a patient may experience swelling and discomfort. These symptoms can be expected to subside over the following few days. Sex can be resumed 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery.
Am I facing any risks?
Vaginal rejuvenation procedures have not been studied in a clinical research format using a large patient population, and therefore there are no data about the long-term results, risks or benefits of vaginal rejuvenation. As with any surgery, there is a minimal possibility of post-operative complications, infection, and scarring, but no major problems have been reported.
Most of the patients who performed the surgery where satisfied with the results. However as each person’s case is unique, women are advised to consult their gynecologist before deciding to perform the surgery.