What is Plastic Vaginal Surgery?
The female reproductive system consists of the external and internal genitalia. The internal genitalia consists of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina. The external genitalia consists of the opening for the vagina, labial skin folds, clitoris and the perineum or skin between the vagina and the anus.
Plastic vaginal surgery may be a cosmetic or reconstructive surgery that helps to correct any structural weaknesses of the external genitalia which may occur from the aging process or damage from vaginal deliveries.. There are different types of vaginal plastic surgeries which may include tightening of the lax or expanded vaginal muscles, trimming of excessive labial skin which may pose hygienic or aesthetic problems, removal of abnormal skin folds or bumps, and reconstruction of tissues due to a congenital deformity.
Procedure for Plastic Vaginal Surgery
Some of the procedures involved in plastic vaginal surgeries are:
- Vaginal Restoration or “Rejuvenation”: This is a cosmetic surgery that involves restoration of the vaginal appearance and function resulting from childbirth, during which the vaginal muscles and tissues are stretched or torn. This procedure involves tightening the inner and outer vaginal muscles to increase their strength and control (vaginoplasty) and changing the vulvar and labial skin appearance (labiaplasty).
- Labiaplasty: This is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves changing the shape and size of the labia. This procedure may be performed on women born with irregular labia or who have developed irregularity with childbirth or aging. Abnormal labia can also cause hygienic problems in women of all ages.
- Vaginoplasty: In this surgery, the excess vaginal lining is removed and the surrounding tissues of the vagina are tightened to restore it to its original size. The vagina and surrounding tissues may have expanded during pregnancy and may not return to the normal pre-pregnancy diameter.
- Vulvar anatomy restoration: This procedure is indicated to remove excess skin and/or fat from the vulva. This helps the vulva look less prominent and may remove abnormally appearing tissue. The major risks involved may be excess tissue removal and infection.
In addition to these surgeries, vaginal plastic surgery may also include medically significant surgeries such as repairing female genital cuts, treating labial hypertrophy (enlarged labia), chronic irritation and other hygienic problems.
Women’s looks in the vaginal region may have a great impact on their life with regard to self-esteem and sex life. These surgeries may help to restore self-esteem and re-invent women's lives.