Vaginal tightening is happening, people. It’s all around us. And while you may be thinking – is the world coming to an end or rather, is this a sign of the decay of feminism, I beg to argue differently. Vaginoplasty is feminism at its finest. It’s the power of choice. Women now have the option to choose for themselves if they want to have a procedure done that narrows their vaginal canals for increased sexual enjoyment. And if they don’t want to, they also have the option to reject it. That’s the beauty of choice. Oh, and feminism, too.
Whether you’re balking or excited at the idea of vaginoplasty, the internal component of vaginal rejuvenation (labiaplasty being the external), you’re reading this article because you’re curious. How can you not be!? Vaginal tightening – who heard of such a thing?! Well, we have. And we’re here to shed a little light on what exactly this procedure involves with the help of New York City based board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lara Devgan.
Who is opting for vaginal tightening?
“Typically, patients inquiring about this procedure are postpartum women who have gone through the process of childbearing and are typically in their 30s, 40s, and even beyond.”
What happens down there after child birth
“When you have children there are some very real changes that happen with the female internal and external genitalia. The female vaginal tract is meant to be retractable, so like a balloon it can expand and contract. The tissues of the vaginal canal have to distend enough for a babies head to come out and in a lot of women that can result in laxity. Particularly if they have had multiple children. To put it simply, after you have a baby you can have stretching out, tearing, distortion of the tissues, and irregularity and asymmetry of the tissues.”
What is it: “Vaginoplasty is where the vaginal canal is surgically narrowed to improve comfort and enjoyment during intercourse. Typically the procedure can be done with sedation although in some situations depending on the person it can be done under local anesthesia.”
Recovery: “Typically recovery is in the range of 6-8 weeks with a recommendation for pelvic rest meaning – no intercourse, no tampons, no bicycling, no horseback riding or things that are going to create trauma in that area. Recovery is pretty smooth for most patients with some discomfort at the surgical site, but ice and rest help.”
Risks: “With any surgical procedure there are potential risks, like bleeding, infection, scarring and potential need for revision, but outcomes are directly related to how experienced the surgeon is and how many procedures of this nature they have done.”
Cost: $8,000 – 12,000
“But if you are considering this type of operation, I definitely think it’s a good idea to start with the least invasive and easiest method for vaginal tightening first, which would be kegel exercises.”
What is it: “Kegel exercises and kegel devices stimulate and promote strength of the pelvic floor. In terms of how effective they are, it can vary widely, but in some women you can get a really great result in terms of increased vaginal tightness, sexual function and urinary continence just from doing kegel exercises alone.”
“But in some women if there is enough laxity or the muscles are weak, kegel exercise alone are not going to suffice. In those women vaginal tightening procedures including laser based tightening, radiofrequency vaginal tightening or surgical tightening are all slightly more robust options.”
But vaginoplasty makes up just part of what has been dubbed “vaginal rejuvenation.” Read about the second part, labiaplasty, here.
-as told to BOND EN AVANT
Photographed by Wing Ta