Genitoplasty, also known as vaginoplasty or vaginal tightening, is a cosmetic procedure that tightens muscles in the vagina that may have loosened from aging or childbirth. When a woman gives birth, the vagina and surrounding tissues stretch to allow the baby to pass through. After birth, the vagina gradually contracts to a normal diameter once more, but it does not reach its previous tightness, tone or elasticity.

Reasons for a Genitoplasty

Many women find that the vagina and pelvic floor area become loose after childbirth, and they may not derive as much pleasure from sexual intercourse because of reduced friction and difficulty reaching climax. Multiple births and difficult deliveries can compound this problem. Kegel exercises typically do not compensate entirely for such looseness. In some cases, some women have been unhappy with vaginal size or laxity throughout their lives, even if they have not had children.

h2>The Genitoplasty Procedure

During the genitoplasty procedure, the doctor surgically removes any excess vaginal lining. and tightens the surrounding soft tissue and muscles. The patient is treated with general anesthesia and the procedure takes about two hours to complete.

Risks of a Genitoplasty

Although a genitoplasty is considered a safe procedure, there are risks which may include:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Changes in vaginal sensitivity

Recovery from a Genitoplasty

Patients usually experience moderate pain or discomfort at the surgical site for a few days following the surgery. Antibiotics and pain medication are usually prescribed to fight infection and treat any pain. Full recovery takes about six weeks and intercourse can be resumed at that time. Many women feel a noticeable tightness of their vaginal muscles and more sexual satisfaction than before the genitoplasty procedure.

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