Who is a good candidate for vaginoplasty?

Who is a good candidate for vaginoplasty and how is this determined?

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Vaginoplasty candidate?

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Vaginal rejuvenation/tightening (a.k.a. vaginoplasty) is performed to reconstruct (more or less tighten) the vaginal vault most commonly following natural vaginal childbirth, especially if an episiotomy was performed and hastily repaired. Again, like most other surgery, the experience of and “attention to detail” (a.k.a. compulsiveness) by the surgeon is the most important element to achieving a good result. Although there is some merit to Kegal exercises, many patients with laxity after natural vaginal birth fail to obtain sufficient tightening. For these patients, vaginoplasty, tightening of the vaginal vault muscles from the introits (opening) up to the cervix is typically the best solution. The procedure is commonly done on an outpatient basis in about an hour under either deep intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Recovery is gradual but probably the worst for the first 4-5 days until swelling starts to reside then patients feel better each day thereafter. Sexual activity is usually refrained for about 6 weeks. In a study I was involved in back in 2009, 87% of vaginoplasty patients were satisfied with their results and had an improved sexual experience post-operatively. Typical (all inclusive) fee at my office/surgery center is $8500. Glad to help.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Good Vaginoplasty Candidates

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If a patient has unrealistic expectations of how tight their vagina can become, have medical complications, general health issues, severe heart concerns, lung problems, or are on blood thinner medicines, then she is not a good candidate for surgery.

The strongest candidates for this procedure are women in good physical health with realistic expectations of the procedure’s benefits and their body. Vaginoplasty is safe for women of all ages.Vaginoplasty is commonly requested by women who no longer wish to become pregnant.

Usha Rajagopal, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Vaginoplasty Candidates

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Thank you for your question. If you’ve became aware of reduced feeling/excited feeling during sex, or have a (constant/not going away) 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 sticking out tissue or an “open” appearance. Women with change in their bowel or (urine storage sac) habits ((poop-related) keeping/holding onto/remembering or stress urinary (inability to hold in urine and/or feces) or leaking) should discuss this with their urogynecologist first as this may require reconstructive procedures. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Good Vaginal Rejuvenation Candidate

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Good Candidates for a Labiaplasty procedure are women who are concerned about the appearance of their labia or experience discomfort due to exceptionally large or long labia of either the inner our outer lips. Labia unevenness can result in discomfort with intimate contact, chronic rubbing, as well as psychological discomfort, which leads to the inability to wear certain types of tight clothing. Most women live with these symptoms, and actually are not even aware that a certain surgical procedure exists to help to correct this problem and restore their femininity.
Candidates of Vaginal Rejuvenation or Vaginoplasty surgery are women who desire a more youthful appearance and function of the vulvas and vaginal area. For some women, the effects of childbirth, aging, trauma, and/or genetics, causes their vaginal tissue and muscles to become stretched, which results in loss of strength and tone in the vaginal area. This can lead to unsatisfying intimate contact and discomfort.
These surgeries are best performed by carefully selected Plastic Surgeons or Gynecologists. As this is not a very common procedure it is important that you choose a specialist who has significant experience in these procedures

Vaginoplasty Candidate

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Vaginoplasty tightens the vaginal canal. The first criterion for an excellent candidate is a desire to tighten the vagina. If an examination determines that the vagina is already tight, nonsurgical options would be a better idea. If there are pelvic floor defects present, pelvic floor reconstruction at the time of vaginoplasty would be indicated. If minimal or no pelvic floor defects are present and the vagina is lax, then a vaginoplasty alone should provide the desired endpoint.

Candidate for Vaginoplasty

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Hi, a good candidate for vaginoplasty would be someone who is having poor sexual gratification secondary to the lack of "snugness" during intercourse.    Those who undergo a vaginoplasty have had either childbirth or have had tremendous weight loss/change.    If their self esteem and sex life is affected, then the vaginoplasty would be the way to go.  Good luck. 

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