During vaginal childbirth, the vaginal walls are stretched beyond normal to allow the baby to pass through the pelvis. The walls have natural elastin and collagen to help them rebound back to normal, but sometimes that does not happen. Many factors, including mother’s age, genetics and differences in collagen and elastin can influence how well the vagina resumes its normal girth. When the walls do not recover, and remain loose after childbirth, it can influence sexual function as well as bladder and bowel function.
Vaginal rejuvenation, also called vaginoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tailors the vaginal walls to restore the vaginal girth to its normal configuration. This procedure increases the ability to feel the vaginal walls during intercourse, and restores sexual function for both partners. The key is to strike the perfect balance between being tightened, but not too tight.
The procedure requires skillful excision of the redundant tissue, and careful relocation of the connective tissues and muscles back together in the midline. Dr. Christi has extensive experience in vaginal rejuvenation surgery, and will get you back to a more youthful look and feel.
Women who are in good general health with healthy vaginal walls that are loose, with reduced sexual sensations, are perfect candidates for vaginal rejuvenation. Many women complain of feeling stretched out, and not having the enjoyment and response during intercourse that they had earlier in their lives.
Patients who have pain with intercourse or loss of lubrication may not be good candidates for surgery. Other less invasive procedures may be indicated before, or instead of, surgical vaginal rejuvenation, such as the MonaLisa Touch or the ThermiVa. As both a urologist and female reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Christi is uniquely qualified to assess your needs and tailor the procedure to restore your vaginal anatomy.
For safe and effective vaginal rejuvenation, it is essential to choose a surgeon with extensive knowledge not only of the pelvic and vaginal space, but also of the surrounding organs. The bladder and rectum are just on the other side of the vaginal wall, and it is critical that a vaginal surgeon thoroughly understand the surrounding anatomy to avoid injuring other organs.
If an injury to the nearby organs should inadvertently occur, the surgeon should be able to recognize and properly repair it to prevent future complications. Dr. Christi has mastered the art of vaginal surgery, and uses her years of experience and skills with urological surgery to meticulously tailor the vagina. She focuses on careful and gentle tissue handling to ensure the best outcome.
Vaginoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure that lasts about an hour, under general anesthesia. You will go home the same day, and will need to rest. There is a 6-week healing period, and you will need to avoid heavy lifting, straining and intercourse. Once you have healed, you will have an enhanced sexual experience, with more feeling and enjoyment for both you and your husband.
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation is not covered by insurance. The total cost is around $6,000.
Call our office at 281.717.4003 to schedule a consultation to see if vaginoplasty/vaginal rejuvenation surgery is right for you.