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Frequently Asked Questions About Vaginal Narrowing Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions About Vaginal Narrowing Procedures

Often referred to as Vaginoplasty, vaginal narrowing is generally used as a reconstructive operation to rebuild the pelvic floor of women who have experienced excessive stretching of the vaginal tissues or muscles. The vaginal narrowing procedure should strengthen the muscles in that area and reduce vaginal laxity.

Who can benefit from the procedure?

It is incredibly common for women to have concerns about their intimate areas, with many finding that their vaginal muscles lose tone as part of the natural ageing process or as a result of childbirth. Some of the issues that can arise from this muscle loosening can include:
- embarrassment
- discomfort
- loss of sensitivity
- decreased sexual satisfaction

Vaginal stretching can occur for several reasons. These include:
- Ageing
- Childbirth

In some cases, the vagina does not return to its pre-pregnancy condition following the birth of a child. This is because the muscles are often stretched over the crown of the baby's head. In some cases, this can lead to the muscles becoming overly stretched to the point where they are unable to return back to their original state.

Will the procedure be complicated?

Although many women feel too embarrassed to mention any issues with their vaginal areas, you can be assured that vaginal narrowing is a relatively straightforward and effective solution to your problem.

What are the benefits of vaginal narrowing?

The main benefits of this procedure are that it can help increase general comfort and sexual satisfaction. By tightening the vaginal muscles you will feel a heightened sensitivity and friction during sexual intercourse which can improve the experience for both you and your partner.

More generally speaking, you will also feel more comfortable, both literally and emotionally. Many women find that after the procedure they are less embarrassed about their vaginal area and are more comfortable with intimate situations.

How should I prepare?

During your early consultations, you will be advised to cut out smoking and drinking in the build-up to your procedure. Your surgeon may also suggest that you stop taking certain medications which may slow down your healing process.

Are there risks involved?

As with any surgical procedure, vaginal narrowing techniques carry general risks. These include:
- the risk of bleeding (haemorrhage)
- risk of infection
- anaesthetic accidents
- scarring
- blood clotting or deep vein thrombosis.

Risks that are more specific to vaginal narrowing procedures can also include:

1. Stenosis

Should stenosis occur as a result of your procedure you may need to seek an expert evaluation and timely correction to provide an adequate result and depth to your newly constructed vaginal area. This is necessary to enable both sexual intercourse and functional menstruation.

2. Nerve Damage

Nerve damage may occur during the dissection of perineal and pelvic tissues which could potentially lead to chronic pain.

What will the recovery time be?

In most cases, women experience swelling, soreness and a little bruising after the procedure, but this should gradually lessen over the following week or two. You should be able to walk comfortably within a day of surgery and you should be able to resume sexual activity within 4-6 weeks - although it's best to take your doctor's advice before returning to normal activities.

If you would like more information on this and other reconstructive surgeries, talk to us about cosmetic surgery in Marbella.