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Vaginoplasty & Labial Reduction

Cosmetic gynaecology, known colloquially as "designer vagina" surgery, fall into a number of different procedures which are summarised below:

  • Vaginoplasty, or vaginal tightening surgery
    The purpose of this surgery is to tighten the muscles in the vagina, which will enhance the stimulation of the penis in the vagina during sexual intercourse. In this procedure, the surgeon stitches together stretched muscle at the back of the vagina and shortens it, then removes excess skin. This has the effect of tightening the muscles. All scars are internal. Some surgeons use a laser to perform this procedure. You should ensure that any surgeon who performs this procedure is registered with Healthcare commission.

    After surgery, many women say that their vaginas are returned to their pre-pregnancy state. Risks include the general risks associated with surgery, together with a small risk of urine retention if the surgery tightens the muscles too much. You will be sore after surgery, but you should be able to walk without difficulty. You will be able to resume sexual intercourse after four to six weeks.

    Alternatives to surgery include practicing pelvic floor exercises to see if they tighten the vaginal muscles.
  • Labiaplasty / Labial Reduction / Female Genital Reshaping surgery
    This is a surgical procedure to change the size or shape of the labia. It is often sort by women who have labia of differing lengths. Generally, the procedure will reduce the size of the inner labia by cutting away excess tissue to produce a more aesthetic appearance. Sometimes a laser is used instead of a knife. This procedure can be combined with vaginoplasty (see above) if desired. Risks include general surgical risks including infection, together with a risk of loss of sensation and a change of colour.
  • Other procedures
    Other procedures include liposuction of the pubic mound to make a more pleasing contour, and surgical correction to give a better exposure of the clitoris.

Your surgeon will discuss the various options and risks with you. Surgery is generally carried out as a day case or possibly with an overnight stay, and is carried out either under a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic with sedation. Some swelling is to be expected post operatively, but stitches dissolve and any discomfort normally resolves completely within a fortnight.

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