Vaginal Tightening Surgery Procedure

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The procedure that you choose to have to complete your vaginoplasty depends very much on the extent of the tightening necessary and the qualifications that your surgeon has.  Your surgery will take place in a hospital with all equipment on hand to ensure your safety. 

You will be placed either under a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic with additional sedatives in order to have a vaginoplasty, no matter whether you are having traditional or laser treatment.  This will ensure that you feel no pain throughout the procedure and keep still as the surgeon makes important sutures and precise incisions. 

A vaginoplasty usually takes between one and two hours, depending on the extent of the tightening to be done. 

Non-Laser/Scalpel Technique

The traditional way for a vaginoplasty to take place is under and anaesthetic with the surgeon using a scalpel to achieve muscle tightening along the vaginal wall.  You will be placed either under a general or a local anaesthetic with sedation, depending on decisions made between you and your surgeon before the vaginoplasty takes place. 

A vaginoplasty is a relatively simple procedure with few complications.  The surgery will last between an hour and a half and two hours.  During this time your surgeon will cut through the vaginal wall to expose the muscle, and pinches the stretched muscle tighter towards the back of the vagina.  This is then fixed with disposable sutures.  Any excess skin is cut away and then the wound is stitched together.  This makes the vagina tighter, allowing greater sensation and control, this dispelling any problems such as incontinence or pressure. 

After the surgery it is very likely that you will be able to leave a few hours after the surgery, although sometimes if you have previous health problems or complications then you may have to stay in hospital so that you can be kept comfortable and monitored.

Once the procedure has been completed you will have a plastic vaginal stent inserted to the vagina in order to help maintain its new shape while it heals.  This is compulsory for the first week after the surgery, and then is to be worn at night for a further two weeks. 

Vaginoplasty with Laser

A vaginoplasty can be conducted using a laser instead of a scalpel to make the incisions bleed less.  Using a laser is very similar to using a scalpel, as in the technique remains the same and the anaesthetics and recovery time are similar, but instead there is less chance of excessive bleeding or infection.  There are claims that this aids recovery and helps you to go back to normal activities within a smaller time frame. 

Alike to vaginoplasty with a scalpel you are likely to be able to return home within a few hours of the surgery, or if there are any complications of concerns, the following day.

Most surgeons will now use a laser to perform a vaginoplasty as standard procedure, the technique is believed to be less traumatic to the surrounding tissues and helps to prevent risks such as bleeding and blood clots.  Your surgeon will talk you through the procedure and tell you which tool they will be using before the surgery takes place.

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