What is Vaginoplasty?

Vaginoplasty is a relatively new cosmetic surgery procedure that is becoming increasingly popular with women all around the world. It is also known as vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal tightening and there are a number of related vaginoplasty procedures that may be done in conjunction with vaginoplasty. It basically involves the removal of excess vaginal tissue, repair of supporting vaginal tissue and reduction of the vaginal opening. Toning the vaginal muscles allows for greater contraction strength and control thus increasing pleasure during sex.
Vaginoplasty started out as as a modification of the traditional gynecological vaginal surgery for stress urinary incontinence. The original surgery relieved women of incontinence and increased the amount of pleasure felt during sex.
The reason many women chose to undergo this treatment is to counteract the effects of aging and childbirth. The stress of giving birth widens the vaginal canal and loosens and weakens the vaginal muscles. If the birth was particularly difficult the vaginal muscles might have also been torn. All of these issues can lead to decreased friction during sexual intercourse. Although there are various exercises (Kegel) a woman can do to build up her vaginal muscle strength, vaginoplasty can really help to increase sensation for both partners during sex.
Vaginoplasty is a procedure that many women from the US are travelling to Mexico for. Cosmetic surgery is much more affordable in Mexico than it is in the US and patients are able to choose from the very best surgeons and clinics. You will initially have a consultation with your plastic surgeon and he will explain the procedure, the vaginoplasty technique that will be used and the risks and side effects associated with this type of surgery. You will need to have the standard blood, urine and pregnancy tests before the day of your treatment also.
Since vaginoplasty started becoming more prevalent in the media, both critics and advocates began to voice their opinions about this treatment. Critics generally argue that vaginoplasty is an unsafe and unnecessary cosmetic surgery that decreases individuality in women and lowers their self esteem. On the other hand, advocates argue that vaginoplasty will actually increase a women’s self esteem by increasing the pleasure she and her partner have during sex. Advocates also argue that women with abnormal vagina’s can feel discomfort and pain during sex so vaginoplasty will help them overcome this.
The idea of a “designer vagina” is controversial and people are still debating the advantages and disadvantages of vaginoplasty. The issues concerning vaginoplasty as a medical treatment as opposed to a cosmetic treatment differ quite significantly. You should explain to your plastic surgeon why you desire the surgery, for medical or aesthetic reasons, and he will advise if you are a good candidate for vaginoplasty.
The procedure itself takes 1-2 hours and is carried out under general anaesthetic.

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