Am I a Candidate for Vaginoplasty?

Even 10 years ago, vaginal rejuvenation surgery was virtually nonexistent. Since then, vaginoplasty and labiaplasty continue to grow in popularity. Genetics, childbirth, and aging can all contribute to changes in your genitalia that affect your daily life and sexual enjoyment. 

Vaginoplasty focuses on the effects of vaginal laxity. Minor issues can sometimes be treated with noninvasive methods, but when you’re affected by significant laxity, surgery may be the only answer. Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, combines up-to-date knowledge with over 30 years of clinical experience. The success of your surgery always depends on the quality of the surgeon, and Dr. Zikria excels in superior care. 

Reconstructive versus cosmetic surgery

Reconstructive procedures focus primarily on improving your body’s function, while cosmetic surgery addresses aesthetic issues. When it comes to vaginal rejuvenation, vaginoplasty is reconstructive, dealing with internal structures, while a more cosmetic technique is labiaplasty, although there may be times when it has functional results, too. You’re a candidate for vaginoplasty if you’re most concerned with the way your vagina’s functions have changed. 

The goals of vaginoplasty

Your vagina may become loose due to tissue stretching and muscle separations related to childbirth. In extreme cases, you may find that tampons slip out. Other problems associated with vaginal laxity include sexual dysfunction, including potential lack of pleasurable sensations for both partners. This can, in turn, lead to less pleasure during intercourse, reduced ability to achieve orgasm, and a corresponding reduction in libido. 

Typically, vaginoplasty targets a pie-shaped section of the vaginal wall for removal. Once this tissue is cut away, strong sutures reconnect the remaining walls, forming a tighter vaginal canal. The surface mucosal tissue is then sutured in place to maintain normal vaginal functions. 

Combining cosmetic procedures

Sometimes, external vaginal tissue may protrude, and this can be removed during the vaginoplasty. If you want to reduce the size of your labia for aesthetic or functional reasons, this can often be performed at the same time as your vaginoplasty. 

Recovery from vaginoplasty

Expect up to two weeks of downtime following your surgery. After your anesthetic wears off, it’s typical to feel an ache deep in your pelvis. Dr. Zikria and our staff advise you on your best course to manage discomfort and pain. 

You’ll need to abstain from intercourse and tampon use for up to two months, though you may need to use a dilator during this time, depending on the extent of your procedure. There are usually no complications expected with vaginoplasty apart from the risk of infection that accompanies any surgical procedure. In rare cases, you may have permanent changes in sensation or problematic scarring. 

To confirm you’re a candidate for successful vaginoplasty, contact us to arrange a personal consultation. Discussing your goals and expectations with Dr. Zikria is the best way to ensure you achieve your desired outcome. Call the Milpitas, California, office at 408-290-8289 to schedule your appointment now. 


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