VAGINAL TIGHTENING SURGERY | CHICAGO, IL
Vaginoplasty Vaginal Tightening Surgery
Vaginal tightening is a surgical procedure designed to tighten the vaginal opening and/or the vaginal canal, which can become loose or widened due to childbirth, trauma, straining, or aging. The procedure can tighten the opening of the vaginal or introitus, as well as the vaginal canal itself, up to the level of the cervix.
What Causes Vaginal Laxity (or Vaginal Looseness)?
Vaginal laxity is a very common condition experienced by many women of all ages. The most common reasons for women who experience vaginal laxity are:
- Trauma from giving vaginal childbirth
- Medical conditions (asthma, chronic cough, constipation, weight gain, weight loss)
- Sexual trauma
Regardless of the reason, vaginal laxity could cause sexual dysfunction which makes sex less enjoyable and even a decreased self-esteem or confidence in some women.
Vaginal Tightening Frequently Asked Questions
What is vaginal tightening and vaginoplasty?
Vaginal tightening is a surgical procedure designed to tighten the vaginal opening and/or the vaginal canal, which can become loose or widened due to childbirth, repeated trauma, straining, or aging. The procedure can tighten the opening of the vaginal or introitus, as well as the vaginal canal itself, up to the level of the cervix.
Am I candidate for vaginal tightening?
If you feel laxity of the vaginal area during intercourse or you have decreased sensation during normal sex, you may be a candidate for vaginal tightening. Women who have a history of traumatic vaginal deliveries or other traumas to the vaginal canal should be evaluated for vaginal laxity if they suspect it as a cause for sexual dysfunction or discomfort.
Why does vaginal looseness occur?
Vaginal looseness, or laxity, can be caused by trauma from childbirth, aging, some medical conditions (asthma, chronic cough, constipation, weight gain, weight loss), or sexual trauma. Some women may have a predisposition or genetic cause. Regardless of the reason, vaginal laxity could cause sexual dysfunction and decreased self-esteem in some women.
Are there ways to tighten the vagina without surgery?
Yes there are some non-surgical options that can help improve or tighten the vagina including kegel exercises or certain laser therapies.
Kegel exercises will help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
Intense contractions from vaginal orgasms can also help strengthen the pelvic floor.
How is vaginal tightening surgery performed?
Vaginoplasty is typically done in the operating room under IV or general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will perform an internal and external examination to determine the amount of tightening needed. If internal tightening is required, this is usually done by removing the excess tissue from the posterior wall of the vaginal canal. The canal is then sutured together to create a more narrow space. The external opening can be tightened as well by removing some tissue from the posterior opening of the vagina or introitus. Great care must be taken to not overly tighten the tissues, which may result in difficulty and pain with intercourse.
What are scars like for vaginal tightening?
Internal vaginal tightening will leave no visible scars. The mucosal tissue lining the internal vaginal canal is rich in blood supply and the tissues usually heal very well with almost no scarring. The external vaginal tissues also heal very well, and as long as post-operative instructions are followed, the scars should be barely noticeable over time.
How do I prepare for vaginal tightening surgery?
You should get plenty of rest before your vaginal tightening surgery. You will be asked to abstain from sexual intercourse in the days prior to your surgery. You may also be asked to do a bowel prep, which will empty your colon of stool to keep the surgery area as clean as possible during the procedure.
Your doctor will provide you will post-operative instructions.
What is recovery like after vaginal tightening surgery?
After the surgery patients are sent home with vaginal packing that needs to stay in the vagina for 24 hours. You will be instructed to remove the packing the following day. Patients should expect some pelvic discomfort as well as discomfort around the opening of the vaginal canal, which can be managed by oral painkillers. Ice packs will also be recommended. Patients should abstain from intercourse and avoid inserting anything into the vagina like tampons for 4-6 weeks after surgery. If needed, your surgeon may instruct you to use vaginal dilators during the recovery period to maintain the proper size of the opening and canal.
What is recovery like after vaginal tightening surgery?
Patients undergoing vaginal tightening surgery should wait to have sexual intercourse and vaginal penetration for a minimum of 6 weeks. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s post operative instructions to minimize complications and allow your body to heal. Your surgeon will determine when you can resume sexual activity based on the extent of surgery and the progress of your healing.
What are the risks of vaginal tightening surgery?
As with any surgery, the typical risks are: risks from anesthesia, bleeding, infection, and injury to nerves and adjacent tissues. Specific to vaginal tightening is injury to the urethral opening which may cause difficulty in urination, injury to the anal canal resulting in incontinence, injury to the rectum requiring repair. Also if the vaginoplasty is made too tight or the tissues heal improperly, vaginal strictures or over-tightening of the opening could occur, requiring surgical dilation or correction. Please note that these serious complications are exceedingly rare, especially when vaginal tightening is done by an experienced surgeon.
How much does vaginal tightening surgery cost?
The cost of vaginal tightening will depend on the extent of the tightening required, the anesthesia, the facility where the procedure is done, as well as if other procedures are being done at the same time like labiaplasty or clitoral hood reduction.
At FemSculpt we offer competitive pricing as well as many financing options to assist patients financially.
Meet Our Doctors
Sue Kafali, MD, FACOG
OB/GYN & Cosmetic Gynecologist
Sue Kafali, MD, FACOG, is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an integral part of the team of highly skilled professionals at FemSculpt in River North, Chicago. Dr. Kafali has more than 15 years of experience as a compassionate OB/GYN who cares about the medical and aesthetic needs of women.
Anh-Tuan N. Truong, MD, FACS, FAACS
Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
Anh-Tuan Truong, MD, FACS, FAACS, is a skilled cosmetic surgeon who is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Located in River North, Chicago, Dr. Truong’s approach to enhancement of the human form is to provide effortless, natural changes by minimizing scars, preserving anatomy, and working in harmony with the body.
Dr. Truong has extensive education and over 20 years of experience in the field of cosmetic medicine. He began his formal education at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Med and English.