Medically Reviewed May 2022, by Mr Sankar - Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group
(Vaginal Reshaping & Tightening)
Vaginal tightening & reshaping a.k.a. 'Designer Vagina' surgery, has become increasingly popular over the last few years, especially with new mothers. This is because the vaginal muscles can be left loose and weak after child birth.
Some women experience specific problems, such as lack of sensation and satisfaction during intercourse. The vaginal tightening and refashioning procedure improves the way your vagina looks, feels and functions; and can have dramatic results in terms of restoring your confidence and self-esteem.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your genitalia, or if it is causing you embarrassment or discomfort, book in for a consultation with one of our experienced nurses or surgeons to see how vaginoplasty could help you regain your confidence.
Vaginal reshaping and tightening surgery differs from patient to patient depending on exactly which area of the genitalia is being operated on. For instance, vaginoplasty can be performed alongside a number of other procedures, such as labiaplasty. Women can have vaginal tightening surgery to change the way their labia and surrounding vaginal tissue look.
For some people, the pubis mound can appear larger than they would like it to and 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.
We can also 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.
Remember, you are not alone in wanting to alter the appearance or shape of your vagina and our surgeons understand the many different reasons why women want to undergo vaginoplasty.
The benefits of undergoing a vaginoplasty
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- Ability to wear jeans or a swim suit and a wider range of clothes
- Feel more feminine and attractive
- Rejuvenation of the female genitalia
- To enhance the feelings of sexual gratification
- Highly qualified surgeons and nursing staff
- Full aftercare packages and finance options available
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Frequently Asked Questions
Vaginoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to tighten the vagina, and is also known as Posterior Colporrhaphy. It is often used to rebuild the vagina following severe stretching as a result of childbirth or ageing.
The day of your Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening surgery
If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.
The surgery is carried out as a day case, either under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation. Women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears completely after one to two weeks. After the procedure you will wear a panty liner and the sutures or stitches will dissolve on their own so there is no need for physical removal.
Going home after your Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening
Depending on the operation you choose, your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you as to when you can recommence exercise and sexual intercourse. Recovery is relatively fast and around 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 to see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively. You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions that you may have.
Recovery from Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening surgery
Recovery from each different type of Cosmetic Gynaecology is different and your surgeon will advise you on what to expect during and after the procedure. Vaginoplasty surgery is usually carried out as a day case so you will not usually have to stay in hospital overnight.
It will be performed either under local anaesthesia with sedation or under general anaesthesia and dissolvable stitches will be used so there will be no need to have them removed.
It is completely normal to experience mild discomfort and some swelling after the surgery but the area should return to normal one to two weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you on when you can return to work (it is usually after around seven days) and when you can have sexual intercourse and start exercising again.
Follow-up appointments are really important so that your surgeon can ensure that everything is healing as it should be. It is during these appointments that the surgeon will be able to judge when you will be fit to return to all normal daily activities.
Choosing to have Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening surgery
There are many reasons why people choose to have Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening surgery, including:
- To improve the appearance and to feel more feminine and attractive
- To be able to wear tighter fitting clothes such as jeans or a swimsuit
- Rejuvenation of the female genitalia, to feel more youthful
- To enhance the feelings of sexual gratification
Who should have Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening surgery
The final decision will be made between you and your Cosmetic Surgeon. The procedure is ideal for new mothers who find that the appearance of their genitalia has changed due to childbirth, for women who are unhappy with the appearance of their genitalia, or if it is a cause of embarrassment or discomfort.
The Harley Medical Group has been committed to providing excellence in Cosmetic Surgery and Laser & Skin Treatments in the UK since it was established. During this time, we have developed a full understanding of the many reasons why people choose to have Vaginal Reshaping and Tightening surgery and how it can improve how they feel about themselves.
No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breast feeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breast feeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss next steps.
If you have experienced severe stretching of the vaginal tissue and muscles as a result of childbirth or ageing, vaginal tightening (known as vaginoplasty) is a type of cosmetic procedure that can reconstruct the vagina and pelvic floor. Or surgeon may advice you non surgical laser treatment.
Things to Consider
It is important that your decision to have a Cosmetic Surgery procedure is considered carefully.
There are many points that should be considered before deciding to have any type of Cosmetic Treatment or Surgery. There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your Cosmetic 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 in order for the Cosmetic Surgeon to ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.
Every Cosmetic Surgeon who performs reshaping and tightening of the female genitalia surgery for The Harley Medical Group belongs to a relevant professional organisation, is fully accredited to practice in the UK as a specialist in Plastic Surgery, and has specific training and experience in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Our nurses advise that you consider the following things before your surgery:
- Child care and post surgery activities including sleeping arrangements
- That you have the necessary post-operative garments
- How long the effects of treatment keep you away from your usual activities
- At what stage you will be able to judge the results of the procedure
- How long the results last
- When you can return to work
Our Cosmetic Surgeons are among the most skilled, qualified and experienced in the Cosmetic Surgery field and our fully qualified Cosmetic Surgery Nurses are specially selected for their expertise and approachability. It is your body so naturally you will want to place it in safe and trusted hands.
To ensure a swift recovery with optimum results we have recommended aftercare guidelines including:
- You will return from theatre with a sanitary pad in place, you must wear one of these continuously until your post-operative appointment.
- You will not be permitted to drive for 1 week following surgery; therefore arrangements must be made for you to be collected.
- You must start to shower twice daily upon your discharge – DO NOT use soap directly on the area for the first 7 days.
- You must drink between 2 – 3 litres of water for the initial 2 weeks following surgery.
- Avoid wearing thong underwear for 6 weeks following surgery.
You practitioner and surgeon will be able to advise you on your complete Cosmetic Gynaecology aftercare guidelines
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