Vaginal Tightening Surgery in St. Louis

Childbirth, aging, and even heredity can all play a role in shaping the vaginal canal, which can become loose or lax, leading to a reduction in sensation and a subsequent reduction in interest in sex. This loss of tone may be due to stretched-out tissues and separated muscles, which can be addressed by a vaginoplasty at St. Louis' West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University.

A surgical procedure, vaginoplasty brings together the muscles that have separated to provide more tone, as well as removes excess skin to create a tighter canal. The end result can improve sexual satisfaction, which can have a positive effect on the libido. Note, however, that vaginoplasty does not address the aesthetics of the labia or incontinence due to a weak pelvic floor.

West County Plastic Surgeons

West County Plastic Surgeons is committed to helping women get a better quality of life, including via vaginoplasty, in St. Louis at Washington University. Come in for a consultation. Call (314) 996-8800 or send a message online.

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Vaginoplasty Details

Vaginoplasty patients may be put under general anesthesia, or the doctor may use a local anesthetic for the surgery.

The procedure itself may take up to a couple of hours, during which the surgeon will mark tissue for removal, make the necessary incisions, tighten muscles as necessary, and suture everything into place.

Patients can expect what some have described as a deep ache for several days after their surgery, but this sensation will fade over time. One to two weeks of rest and recuperation are recommended, and women should avoid vaginal intercourse or inserting a tampon for about eight weeks. Depending on surgery specifics, a dilator may need to be used.

Why Choose Vaginoplasty?

For many women, vaginal laxity is a problem that can range from disheartening to frustrating to embarrassing. Experiencing a drop in sexual satisfaction can be difficult to navigate—both for a woman and her partner.

For women with a particularly lax vaginal canal or those looking for a longer-term solution, vaginoplasty represents a viable option.

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Beyond Vaginoplasty

A vaginoplasty may be performed along with labiaplasty, which alters the size and/or shape of the labia for functional or cosmetic reasons. Labia reduction surgery may also be done as a standalone procedure.

Women who want to address vaginal laxity without surgery can explore radiofrequency-based vaginal rejuvenation that stimulates collagen production to thicken tissues and tighten the vaginal canal. The collagen can further strengthen a weak pelvic floor, providing more support for the bladder—a benefit for women who experience stress incontinence and other inadvertent urine leaks. The radiofrequency treatment also encourages moisture production. Since the device, radio frequency non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation, is nonsurgical, there are no incisions, sutures, or surgery-related downsides to the treatment.

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Vaginal laxity may not be the only physical change brought about by childbirth. A Mommy Makeover addresses various other areas of the body, including the breasts and belly.

Deciding on the best procedure is a very personal choice for a woman, which is why the team at West County Plastic Surgeons works with each patient to understand her ultimate goals and outline the procedure, treatment, or combination of the two to help her achieve them.