Vaginoplasty After Childbirth: More than Just an Aesthetic Issue

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Childbirth is a beautiful and rewarding experience. Bringing a new life into the world is filled with joy and delight. If you’ve had children you also know that it can cause undesirable changes to your female anatomy. In addition to looking different, you vagina may never regain the tightness and sensation you enjoyed before pregnancy, which can impact your sex life and by extension, your self-esteem.

Vaginoplasty is a reconstructive surgical procedure that can help. It works by tightening the opening and inner vaginal walls, giving you back a feeling of fullness and restoring your vagina to its pre-baby condition both visually and functionally. For many women, vaginoplasty helps to alleviate the physiological and emotional distress associated with post-partum changes.

If you’re considering vaginoplasty you’re not alone. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in the United States. The number of vaginoplasty surgeries has increased by almost 50 per cent from 2013 to 2014. This boost in popularity can be attributed to better awareness, education and widespread availability of clinics and doctors who are offering vaginal rejuvenation services.

Why Get a Vaginoplasty in NYC?

The number one reason you should get a vaginoplasty in New York City is to repair the trauma or damage resulting from giving birth. The damage can manifest as feeling ‘loose’ down there or no longer having pleasurable sensations during sex. You may also find it difficult to tighten your pelvic muscles and generally feel disconnected between your brain and your pelvis. Vaginoplasty can help you feel like yourself again.

Who is the Ideal Candidate?

Age plays a factor when it comes to vaginoplasty. You’re an ideal candidate if you’re a little older – 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and you’re all done having babies. You’re in good physical shape and you’ve decided that now is the time to focus on you. You’re hoping to regain a tighter and more youthful vagina so that you can start enjoying a more fulfilling sex life once again.

Should you have vaginoplasty in your 20’s? That depends on whether you’re planning on having a child (or more children). If you’re still growing your family then it’s advisable to wait until you’ve had your last child. Although vaginoplasty is extremely safe and won’t prevent you from having more children in the future, each subsequent pregnancy can undo your surgical results. You could always repeat the procedure but it can get risky to have multiple surgeries and is therefore not recommended.

To learn if vaginoplaty surgery is right for you we recommend booking a consultation with one of our vaginal rejuvenation specialists here at Labiaplasty New York City.

What Does Vaginoplasty Involve?

Also called “vaginal reconstruction” or “vaginal rejuvenation,” vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the vaginal opening and inner vaginal walls. The ultimate goal of the surgery is to help you restore a tighter feeling and improved sexual satisfaction – both for you and your partner.

Your surgeon performs a vaginoplasty by removing excess vaginal tissue or mucosa along the vaginal lining. This is achieved by making a small diamond-shaped incision from your perineum – area of skin located between your vagina and anus – into your inner vaginal lining. The tightening and rejuvenating effect is achieved by reducing the size of the vaginal muscles. The opening to your vagina, called the introitus, is reduced as well by anywhere from one to two inches.

There are a number of methods that your surgeon may use based on your anatomy and individual needs. These include the intestinal or sigmoid vaginoplasty, peritoneal vaginoplasty or the McIndoe vaginoplasty.  

Additionally, your surgeon may recommend complementary procedures such as labiaplasty, vulvar fat grafting, perineal scar revision and clitoral hood reduction. During your initial consultation, a vaginal rejuvenation and reconstruction expert will discuss all your options with you.

What’s Recovery Like?

Most women find the recovery period quite comfortable. Keep in mind that rest and relaxation are essential to ensuring a smooth and speedy downtime.

Immediately post treatment an ice pack can be placed on the treatment area to help minimize swelling. It should be applied on and off intermittently every 20 minutes for the first 24-72 hours. You’ll be prescribed pain medication to keep any discomfort to a minimum.

In the following days, cleanliness and personal hygiene are crucial. You’ll be advised to follow common sense, like always washing your hands before and after coming into contact with the genital area. Daily showering is allowed and strongly recommended to reduce the chances of bacterial contamination between the vagina, urethra and anus.

For the first six weeks it’s normal to experience swelling of the labia and surrounding area. You can keep applying ice as needed. The swelling will gradually subside and you’ll feel much better after two weeks. You’ll be able to return to work within one week post procedure although you may still experience some pain and discomfort. Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, you’ll be able to resume sexual activity after 4-6 weeks.

Dr. Ammar Nokari is a NYC physician and surgeon specializing in surgical vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Nokari is an expert in surgical vaginoplasty methods in New York City. The best way to know which option is right for you is to schedule your no-obligation consultation at Labiaplasty NYC.

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