Frequently Asked Questions About Vaginoplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery)
- HOW CAN VAGINOPLASTY CORRECT PROBLEMS AND ENHANCE MY LIFE?
- WE CONSTANTLY HEAR THAT LASER IS THE BEST WAY TO GO FOR VAGINOPLASTY AND LABIAPLASTY. WHAT’S THE REAL STORY ABOUT LASERS FOR THESE TYPES OF SURGERIES?
- WHO WILL BE MY SURGEON?
- HOW LONG DOES VAGINOPLASTY TAKE?
- IF I’VE NOT HAD CHILDREN, CAN I STILL HAVE A VAGINOPLASTY PROCEDURE?
- IS THERE A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE VAGINOPLASTY OR LABIAPLASTY PROCEDURE WHEN I MUST REFRAIN FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY?
- IF I’M VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN, HOW LONG SHOULD I REMAIN AFTER SURGERY BEFORE DEPARTING?
- WHERE WILL THE OPERATION BE PERFORMED?
- WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE MY SURGERY?
- WILL IT HURT?
- HOW SOON CAN I GET BACK TO WORK?
- HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN EXPECT A FINAL RESULT?
- WILL THERE BE SCARS?
- WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
- CAN I FINANCE IT?
- WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY OPERATION?
- WILL INSURANCE COVER IT?
- IF I'M UNHAPPY WITH MY RESULTS, WILL I BE CHARGED FOR A REVISION?
1. HOW CAN VAGINOPLASTY CORRECT PROBLEMS AND ENHANCE MY LIFE?
After the stress of single or multiple childbirths, vaginal muscles tend to lose their tone and damage to the mucosa occurs resulting in an increase in the width of the vaginal canal. During sexual intercourse, this added width can result in less friction and decreased pleasure for both partners. Even with regular exercise, including Kegal exercise, vaginal tone may not improve.
Rejuvenation of the vagina is a surgical procedure where excess vaginal tissue is removed and underlying muscles are tightened resulting in a reduction in the volume of the vagina. The goal of the surgery is to increase the fiction experienced by sexual partners during intercourse, hence improving pleasure. Women often feel greater self-esteem after the procedure and improved confidence.
2. WE CONSTANTLY HEAR THAT LASER IS THE BEST WAY TO GO FOR VAGINOPLASTY AND LABIAPLASTY. WHAT’S THE REAL STORY ABOUT LASERS FOR THESE TYPES OF SURGERIES?
Depending on the application, the use of a laser scalpel in surgery can have varying degrees of results. Today, many surgeons try to enhance their marketing to the public by implying that the laser is the best way to proceed. They say this in their brochures and web sites. The truth of the matter is that the use of a laser scalpel during surgery is a common method of cauterizing and making smooth incisions, resulting in less tissue trauma (shock) and controlling bleeding. Today, MOST surgeons use lasers in surgical applications but few feel the need to advertise the fact.
Labiaplasty is best performed using Iris Scissors which will leave a nicely rugated, or ruffled edge—mimicking the way natural labia appear.
Vaginoplasty can be enhanced, somewhat, with a laser although widely accepted methods of incision are as good.
The real issue is the surgeon's skills. . . how many procedures they’ve done.
3. WHO WILL BE MY SURGEON?
In every case your doctor will be the surgeon you meet during your initial consultation. He will also be the same surgeon who will look after you and provide all of your post-operative care, including emergency care if required. If your surgeon is unavailable, another surgeon is always on call 24 hours a day should you require emergency treatment or information.
4. HOW LONG DOES VAGINOPLASTY TAKE?
It generally depends on the extent of the procedure, but each procedure usually takes about one to two hours.
5. IF I’VE NOT HAD CHILDREN, CAN I STILL HAVE A VAGINOPLASTY PROCEDURE?
Generally, yes. One does not have to have had children to be a candidate for rejuvenation or tightening of the vagina, and it is performed on women without children. Depending on your individual circumstances you may be a candidate for vaginoplasty. If you are planning to have children, it is recommended you wait until you have completed childbearing to have the procedure.
6. IS THERE A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE VAGINOPLASTY OR LABIAPLASTY PROCEDURE WHEN I MUST REFRAIN FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY?
As with any type of surgical procedure, there is usually a period of time needed for the body to heal. Generally, you should refrain from any type of sexual intercourse (vaginal penetration) for a period of 4-6 weeks. Your doctor would advise you if there was a change in this waiting period.
7. IF I’M VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN, HOW LONG SHOULD I REMAIN AFTER SURGERY BEFORE DEPARTING?
With either Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty, you should allow 3-4 days for your recovery after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you if there is a change in this waiting period.
9. WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE MY SURGERY?
All patients undergoing general anesthesia will require basic blood and urine tests as well as a pregnancy test for women. Your surgeon will advise you accordingly during your consultation.
10. WILL IT HURT?
During the procedure, our anesthesia staff assures that you're comfortable and will feel no pain. In every instance, you'll be asleep through the entire procedure. This will be discussed with you in detail during the initial consultation. After surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience will be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.
11. HOW SOON CAN I GET BACK TO WORK?
It depends greatly on the procedure, but on average most patients are back to work within 3 to 7 days. If complications arise, additional time away from work may be required.
12. HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN EXPECT A FINAL RESULT?
This varies, largely depending on the individual. Some people bruise easily, while others don’t. Generally there will be swelling and some bruising after surgery. Both will usually disappear over a week or two. The final optimal result can usually be appreciated a few months after surgery.
13. WILL THERE BE SCARS?
Yes, but they probably won't be noticeable. In vaginoplasty, most incisions are hidden and are not visible. With labiaplasty, there will be minimal scarring and after a period of time, most of this will disappear entirely. Your surgeon will make every effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines and creases of your skin.
14. WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
As with any operation there are certain risks. The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring. Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. Specific potential complications vary with both Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty. These will be discussed with you during your consultation for your procedure. To put the risk in perspective, pregnancy is associated with far more risk than any of these procedures.
15. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Less than you think. After years of being perceived as something only for the rich and famous, cosmetic surgery is now priced for everyone. Patients from all income brackets are now undergoing surgery. Visit our Costs & Financing page.
Please keep in mind not all patients are alike and some will require a slightly different operation than others. We offer a range of costs in the sections on Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty. However, you will receive a specific price quotation during your consultation visit. Our staff is always happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail.
16. CAN I FINANCE IT?
For your convenience, your surgeon's office staff can assist in arranging a
low interest payment plan. Most surgeons also accept cash, cashiers checks and
credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.). They do not accept debit cards or personal
checks. Their office can give you all the details, either before or at your consultation. At the time you decide to book your procedure a down payment is required. Final payment is due during the final pre-op visit.
17. WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY OPERATION?
Your operation will include the surgical fees and anesthesiology professional fees, the outpatient surgery center facility charges, and all of your post-operative care. Lab tests, x-rays, and other pre and post-operative tests and medications are not included.
18. WILL INSURANCE COVER IT?
Usually not. Both Labiaplasty and Rejuvenation or Tightening of the Vagina are considered elective procedures and insurance plans don't cover it. But there are exceptions. Some functional surgical procedures may be covered by health insurance, in part or in full, depending upon your health insurance policy and the procedure you are having performed. It is imperative that you check with your insurance company BEFORE arranging any procedure.
19. IF I'M UNHAPPY WITH MY RESULTS, WILL I BE CHARGED FOR A REVISION?
Your surgeon always does his or her best to get you the desired results. Unfortunately, no guarantee or warranty can be given. Your surgeon will begin a quest to achieve your desired results with a mirror viewing at the initial consultation with you showing him what you would like. He then shows you what he thinks is possible using digital photos taken at the initial consultation and reviewing them with you on a large screen monitor. He will then print out the preoperative consult photos and draw/mark them accordingly with your desired postoperative “look”— then discuss with you what he thinks can be realistically achieved. Finally, by marking the surgical site in the operating room to match the agreed-upon changes in the pre-surgical photos/consult, he is able to generally get the desired results 90% of the time. However, in some instances a revision is desired and/or necessary. When this rare instance occurs, there is usually no charge for your surgeon's professional services, but anesthesiology fees, surgery center facility charge and any other ancillary expenses are the responsibility of the patient. This is true for labiaplasties as well.
However, even though 90% of vaginoplasty cases achieve the desired tightness, a small percentage—usually those patients whose vaginal canal is eight (8) fingers or more initially, or with very poor tissue—a second stage surgery may be necessary to achieve two finger tightness. In these instances, there is a $1500 surgical fee for such second stage surgery, as well as any anesthesia, surgical center fees, and other ancillary expenses, which are the responsibility of the patient.