Following are the common questions about Vaginoplasty:
A. Vaginoplasty in the simplest sense is the plastic surgery of the vagina. It is the surgical procedure to recreate or tighten a vagina using cosmetology.
As a woman ages or gives birth, it is natural for the vagina to widen and loosen its shape over the years. This is why we hear women complaining of urinary leakage, less sexual pleasure, or even some cases of vaginal protrusion among women in their 30’s and 40s. Here, vaginoplasty off ers a surgical solution.
A. Vaginoplasty can be beneficial for women with:
A. No. Vaginoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that focuses on the tightening and recreation of the entire vaginal area whereas, labiaplasty is targeted only towards the reshaping of labial lips in the vaginal area.
A. Both laser vaginal tightening and vaginoplasty are procedures targeted at the tightening of the vaginal walls. However, what is specifically better for you, depends on your individual vaginal laxity. While mild-moderate laxity can be treated through laser vaginal tightening, vaginoplasty remains the only solution for moderate- extreme vaginal laxity.
A few other key differences that might help you make a more informed decision include:
A. A gynecologist trained in obstetrics or cosmetic gynecology is the most ideal choice to perform vaginoplasty.
A. The doctor performing vaginoplasty should have at least one or more of the following qualifications:
A. As you approach a doctor with the symptoms of a loosened vagina, the doctor first performs a pelvic exam. Based on the same, the doctor decides the best vaginal tightening treatment for you.
A. For the procedure of vaginoplasty, the doctor pulls all your loosened vaginal muscles together and sews them again in a manner that the vagina regains its tightness. This makes the vagina both look and feel better, thus enhancing the sexual pleasure for both sexual partners. It also solves urinary leakage and makes personal hygiene easier.
A. No. Vaginoplasty is a procedure performed under anesthesia and is hence painless. However, as the anesthesia slowly wears off, you will likely experience a slight itch, tingle, and a pull at the surgery site. Please note that this is completely normal and should swiftly ease with your prescribed medicines, ointment, rest, and the passage of time.
A. Vaginoplasty is best scheduled two days after your last menstrual cycle. This would allow your vaginal area to substantially heal before the start of second menses.
A. Vaginoplasty is a slightly delicate surgery and doctors thus suggest you wait for at least 3 months after childbirth before undergoing the procedure. This would allow your vagina to heal properly and avoid any unwanted infection.
A. Yes, since the procedure is performed on general anesthesia, it typically requires a hospital stay of 24-48 hours. However, it also varies case to case and on your individual health and needs.
A. A complete recovery post vaginoplasty may take up to 6-8 weeks. However, as you slowly recover and feel well-rested and comfortable, you may resume normal activities in 3-5 days. But, what is important is, you do not overexert yourself. Understand that everybody is different and recovers uniquely. So, listen to your body, be aware and resume work very slowly and in successive intensity.
A. Doctors advise you to wait for at least 8-10 weeks after vaginoplasty for your vaginal area to heal completely. Soon after, as you, as you feel well-rested and comfortable, you may resume your sex life as you like. However, we suggest you also see your gynecologist for one final clearance.
A. No. Vaginoplasty as a procedure, is performed only on the outer walls of the vagina. It has no invasion on your reproductive system, be it ovaries/ fallopian tubes/ uterus. This is why vaginoplasty has no direct or indirect effect on your fertility.
A. Vaginoplasty is typically a safe and minimum risk surgery when performed under safe conditions and by a medically experienced doctor. However, since the surgery is very delicate, post-care becomes critical. If the same is not followed carefully, it may result in the following risks and complications:
A. Vaginoplasty costs an average of INR 35,000 to INR 50, 000 in India. However, the exact treatment cost may slightly vary a little depending on the
A. At times, yes, but mostly no. The approval for insurance coverage changes from case to case depending on the need for the treatment.
When vaginoplasty is done as an elective surgery for cosmetic reasons, it is not covered under insurance. However, the same when done as a medical necessity because of the patient’s specific health conditions, such as pelvic organ prolapse, the procedure may be covered under insurance. Please confirm the same from your insurance or health care provider.
A. Vaginal laxity is a natural body process and an unavoidable effect of body aging and childbirth. Therefore, no medication/ surgery/ treatment can permanently cure or reverse it. But yes, vaginoplasty can help you shape back your vagina to its original state for multiple years. Additionally, when paired with specialized exercises and a healthy lifestyle, vaginoplasty can be a great long-term solution for a loosened vagina.
A. As you schedule the vaginoplasty surgery, doctors suggest you follow the following guidelines for preparation:
A. Doctors recommend the following guidelines for smooth and risk-free recovery after vaginoplasty:
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