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What is Vaginoplasty?

A feeling of looseness or decreased sexual pleasure can be a common frustration for women following childbirth, as pregnancy and the birthing process can permanently stretch out the muscles of the vaginal canal. On occasion, this may occur in women without a prior history of childbirth and may be related to chronic pelvic strain associated with constipation or bearing down.

Vaginoplasty, often called vaginaplasty, vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal tightening, is a procedure that repairs lax internal muscles, and may increase sexual pleasure to help you feel like yourself again after pregnancy. For others, the increase in sexual friction achieved through more direct contact of the genitalia during intercourse can enhance one’s feelings of sexual intimacy.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Specialist

A board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs, Dr. Otto Placik is a vaginal rejuvenation specialist whose discreet, professional approach ensures that you feel comfortable from consultation through recovery. Dr. Placik has helped many women feel revitalized through vaginaplasty in Chicago, and offers a full spectrum of female genital rejuvenation procedures to address any concerns over external aesthetics as well.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on vaginoplasty, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Choosing Vaginoplasty from Our Chicago Area Practice

No matter how much joy being a mom can bring to your life, there are a number of physical changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth that may not be quite as welcome as a new baby. Internal changes in sensation or function are among the most upsetting for many women.

Vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure designed to correct the internal differences many women notice following childbirth, like reduced sensation during intercourse. In some instances, combined procedures with other elective procedures such as the mommy makeover may be performed. If improved sexual response is of particular concern, Dr. Placik may also recommend G-spot enhancement for more comprehensive results. Vaginal rejuvenation can also include labiaplasty and perineoplasty to improve the external appearance of your vaginal area as well. This latter procedure can correct the “open” appearance of the vagina that may lead to protrusion of tissue which many women find undesirable. Patients have also desired revision of unacceptable episiotomy scars or tears sustained at the time of delivery.

How is Vaginoplasty performed?

Vaginaplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic in combination with oral sedation or a general anesthetic for more extensive repairs, so you can recover at home after surgery. If vaginoplasty is performed with additional procedures, as in the case of a mommy makeover, Dr. Placik may recommend general anesthesia instead.

During vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Placik uses precise techniques to accomplish the procedure and minimize discomfort. He removes excess tissue and closes the incisions using internal absorbable sutures without mesh. After surgery, you should feel a youthful tightness again along with improved sensation during intercourse for both partners.

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Vaginal Rejuvenation FAQ

Am I a good candidate for vaginoplasty?

If you’ve noticed diminished sensation during sex, or have a persistent feeling of internal looseness, you may be a candidate for our Chicago vaginoplasty. Vaginoplasty can tighten the internal muscles of the vagina or the vaginal opening itself to decrease the visibility of protruding tissue or an “open” appearance. Women with alteration in their bowel or bladder habits (fecal retention or stress urinary incontinence or leaking) should discuss this with their urogynecologist first as this may require reconstructive procedures.

How much does vaginoplasty cost?

The price of vaginal rejuvenation in Chicago varies depending on a number of different factors, such as whether additional genital rejuvenation procedures will be included. Surgical fees include the cost of the operating facility and anesthesiologist fees as well as Dr. Placik’s surgical fee. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What can I expect during my vaginal rejuvenation consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Placik will review your relevant past medical history and will talk to you about your hopes for surgery, as well as take time to make sure you understand the benefits and limitations of vaginal rejuvenation. For example, he can explain the difference between a perineoplasty and vaginoplasty using an anterior or posterior repair as well as limitations in altering the external appearance of the vaginal area unless a labiaplasty is included at the same time. During the physical exam, the size and extent of vaginal laxity will be assessed and discussed.

What can I expect during vaginoplasty recovery?

Plan to rest for the first few days after your Chicago vaginal tightening. Stool softeners are highly recommended. You may notice some bruising and swelling, both of which can be alleviated with the use of ice packs or oral medication. Most women return to work and their daily routine after 2 or 3 days, although sexual activity and tampon use should not resume for at least 6 weeks. Specific exercises such as vaginal dilation and scar massage may be instituted during this period. You should also avoid baths, swimming and hot tubs during your recovery period.

What will sex be like after vaginoplasty?

While improving your sexual function is a primary goal of vaginal rejuvenation, it’s impossible to predict how different women will respond sexually after surgery. Typically, women report stronger, tighter muscle tone and increased sensation for both them and their partner. The effects of renewed self-confidence after surgery can also be a contributor to an improved sex life after surgery.

What are the risks of vaginoplasty?

Dr. Placik will discuss all potential risks, complications or side effects with you at your initial consultation at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights. Like any surgery, vaginoplasty carries a low chance of general risks such as bleeding, infection or a reaction to anesthesia. More serious complications are rare but still possible, and include concerns such as permanent changes in sensation.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about vaginal rejuvenation surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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