As women, we’re constantly surrounded by products that promise youth or restoring our body how it used to be when we were 18. This is no different to vaginas. Unsurprisingly, vaginas change over time and after events like childbirth. The tissues stretch out, lose elasticity and the muscles may separate. This can make women feel self-conscious and cause problems when dealing with tampons or feminine products. So, some women certainly have reasons besides cosmetic reasons for pursuing tightening surgery.
What is vaginal tightening surgery?
Vaginal tightening surgery, also known as vaginoplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery, aims to restore the tightness and elasticity of the vaginal tissue. The surgical procedure isn’t as scary as it sounds, and in fact, only lasts about an hour. You will be put under general anesthesia and incisions are made to tighten the muscles or tissue.
Generally, vaginal tightening surgery is not covered by most health insurance plans. The cost will vary depending on where you live. In the UK, for example, the procedure can cost about $ 7,800.
The ideal candidates for the procedure are women who have trouble with loose tissues. For example, if you have difficulty inserting tampons or incontinence due to loose vaginal tissue. It is not ideal for women who are currently or have recently been pregnant. If you have other health issues, you need to address these concerns with your doctor or gynecologist before choosing tightening surgery.
Preparing for tightening surgery
Your doctor will tell you how you should prepare for the procedure specifically. They will normally ask patients to stop drinking, smoking or taking pain medications before surgery. They will also ask patients to do a bowel prep.
What happens after surgery
After the surgery, it’s common to experience slight bruising or pain for up to 2 weeks after the procedure. Patients should also refrain from inserting things like tampons into their vagina for about 6 weeks after the operation. If you feel a lot of tension and pain in your lower body, you could consider applying soothing essential oils around that area. Just make sure you don’t apply it inside the vaginal tissue or the areas affected by the surgery.
They are also advised to avoid intense, strenuous exercise. In general, however, vaginal tightening surgery is not a very painful procedure, so recovery is quite fast. It’s also important to note that not all surgical procedures can restore your body’s tissue exactly the way it used to be. So, it’s good to be realistic about your expectations as well.
What are the risks involved?
Vaginal tightening surgery is not the riskiest surgical procedure out there. However, this doesn’t mean risks don’t exist, they are just rare. Some potential risks could include infection, bleeding, scarring or pain. You should discuss with the clinic how they will treat these issues if they occur.
Also, to see if you really need tightening surgery, you can try other non-surgical procedures first. For example, Kegel exercises can tone weak or loose muscles. There are also laser treatments for vaginal rejuvenation that are easier to recover from. If you’ve exhausted these options, then you can consider tightening surgery.