Information on Vaginoplasty & Vaginal Reshaping Surgery

Cosmetic gynaecology is something that women should be able to discuss freely.

Cosmetic gynaecology, also known as vaginal reshaping and vaginoplasty, has become more and more popular over the years, particularly with new mums who find that the appearance of their genitalia has changed due to childbirth.

There is no longer a taboo surrounding this surgery and more women than ever are realising that they can change the way their labia and surrounding vaginal tissue look.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your genitalia, or it is causing you embarrassment or discomfort then you are not alone.

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It will increase self-confidence and self-esteem and help you feel more feminine and attractive.

It will rejuvenate your female gentitalia and give you the ability to wear jeans or a swim suit and a wider range of clothes. It can also enhance the feelings of sexual gratification.

Your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all of your options, the procedure itself, answer all of your questions and concerns and assist you to make the initial steps toward surgery.

Your plastic surgeon will advise you about the surgery and discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

You will be able to present your expectations to your plastic surgeon.

You Profile Perfection nurse counsellor will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the surgeon.

The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse councillor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

Make a decision when you are satisfied with the information you have received.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room.

Your plastic surgeon will obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

Vaginal reshaping and tightening surgery differs from patient to patient depending on exactly which area of the genitalia is being operated on. Surgery can be performed to:

Reduce the length or change the shape of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina).

Reshape the outer labia to change the external appearance of the genitalia.

Reduce the pubis mound which can appear larger than you would like it to. This is particularly noticeable when naked or when wearing lingerie or swimwear. The mound can be reduced quickly and easily, simply by removing the excess fatty tissue and reshaping the area above the vulva.

Tighten the vagina itself in order to enhance the feelings of sexual gratification or simply to return your vagina to the way it was before childbirth. This is achieved by reconstructing the outer third of the vagina, the internal diameter and the vaginal opening.

VAGINOPLASTY

For women who have experienced multiple childbirths, the vagina may become stretched and can lose its tone and strength. The result can often be loose and weak vaginal muscles. If the pelvic muscles become too loose, exercise may not assist this problem.

Many women find that while the experience of childbirth may be the most rewarding of their lives, sometimes the after effects for both their sexual partner and themselves is not as satisfying as it once was.

An oversized and overstretched vagina reduces sexual sensation for both partners and vaginoplasty can bring about an improvement.

THE SURGERY FOR VAGINOPLASTY (TIGHTENING)

Vaginal tightening is performed either under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with twilight sedation, and may require an overnight stay. The operation takes around an hour to perform.

Vaginoplasty is a standard gynaecologic surgical procedure.

The stretched muscle at the back of the vagina is joined together and shortened with dissolvable stitches. These are used so there will be no need to have them removed. The unwanted skin is then removed. This tightens vaginal muscles and surrounding soft tissues by reducing excess vaginal lining.

The scarring is inside the vagina.

The result is an immediate decrease in the diameter of the vagina, and an increase in the tightness of vaginal muscles. This will also restore the vagina and supporting structures.

GOING HOME AFTER YOUR VAGINOPLASTY SURGERY (TIGHTENING)

You will be sore and possibly a little swollen after surgery.

Patients are usually able to walk comfortably within a few days and may return to sexual activities within 4-6 weeks.

The final result will be seen in around 2-3 weeks following your surgery.

RECOVERY AFTER YOUR VAGINOPLASTY SURGERY (TIGHTENING)

Recovery is quite rapid – and within a week after surgery you should be able to return to work.

It is very important that you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively.

You will have your own personal Profile Perfection nurse counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

LABIAPLASTY

For women who are unhappy with the size, appearance or shape of their labia area, surgery can be performed to enhance the appearance and function of this area.

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that will reduce and/or reshape the labia minora and/or labia majora. In some instances, women with large labia can experience pain during intercourse, or feel discomfort during everyday activities or when wearing tight-fitting clothing.

Others may feel unattractive, or wish to enhance their sexual experiences by removing some of the skin that covers the clitoris.

The purpose of labiaplasty is to better define the inner labia. During this procedure the urethral opening can be redefined, and necessary improvements to the vagina may be made.

The problem can be caused by genetics, sexual intercourse or difficulties in childbirth.

Labia Minora (inner lips) Reduction

Many women dislike the large protuberant appearance of their labia minora. This may cause severe embarrassment with a sexual partner. The overly large labia minora can also result in constant irritation in tight pants.

Surgical labial reduction can greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of the abnormally enlarged labis. Some women are born with large labia, others may develop this condition with childbirth or age.

Labia Majora (outer lips) Reduction

This common anatomical variation may be worsened by childbirth or by weight gain or loss. They may sometimes be improved by liposuction. In more severe cases, surgical reduction is necessary.

THE SURGERY FOR LABIAPLASTY

Surgery is usually performed as a day case procedure. The surgery involves the careful and conservative removal of excess tissue.

The labial wound is closed with two layers of dissolvable sutures.

GOING HOME AND RECOVERY AFTER YOUR LABIAPLASTY SURGERY

The patient may be sore and possibly a little swollen after surgery. They will generally be discharged home with strong oral painkillers and antibiotics for five days.

Some bruising may result from the procedure and patients are advised to have regular baths and apply a topical ointment. It is generally recommended that ice is applied between two layers of underwear for the first twelve hours.

After surgery most patients need to take a minimum of three to four days off work. This will allow for swift wound healing

Patients are usually able to walk comfortably within a few days and may return to sexual activities within 4-6 weeks.

It is very important that you attend the appointments that have been made for you to care for your wounds and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively.

You will have your own personal Profile Perfection nurse counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

WILL THE SUREGRY BE PAINFUL?During the procedure you will be comfortable and will feel no pain. After surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience will be controlled through pain medication and will usually subside within a matter of daysHOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN EXPECT A FINAL RESULT?This varies with the type of operation being performed. It also depends on the individual. Some people bruise easily, while others don’t. Generally there will be swelling and some bruising after surgery.

Both will usually disappear over a week or two. The final optimal result can usually be appreciated a few months after surgery.


WILL THERE BE SCARS?Yes, but the doctor will make every effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines and creases of your skin. The scars will fade over time and become barely noticeableOTHER QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR NURSE COUNSELLORHow long does the treatment take?

What type of care will I need after treatment?

Will I need pain relief following treatment?

Will I have swelling or bruising and can these be treated?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection for more information…

It is important that your decision to have a Cosmetic Surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so that the plastic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you may feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you? Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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