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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
If you’ve noticed diminished sensation during sex, or have a persistent feeling of internal looseness, you may be a candidate for 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.
The price of vaginal rejuvenation 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.
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.
Plan to rest for the first few days after surgery. 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.
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.
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.
To meet with Dr. Placik, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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