Vaginoplasty – Fit and Fabulous
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is vaginoplasty?
A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the vagina. This is done by removing excess vaginal lining and tightening the surrounding soft tissues and muscles.
During delivery of a baby the vagina and surrounding tissues and muscles become stretched. After delivery the vagina may return to a more “normal” size, but it often fails to return to its’ pre pregnancy diameter. Generally, the more vaginal deliveries, the worse the condition gets. Many women will complain of decreased sensation and sexual satisfaction during intercourse. Commonly this is due to a lack of friction. Often their partner may notice a change although he may say nothing. Kegel exercises are often recommended but rarely succeed in restoring vaginal tightness.
Vaginoplasty surgery will tighten the vagina and surrounding tissues yielding a vaginal tightness similar to before the patient had children.
We have also had numerous patients who feel loose although they have never had children. On physical exam they indeed had a vaginal diameter that was greater than expected. Vaginoplasty surgery can help these women as well.
Why would I want vaginoplasty surgery?
Most women who desire a vaginoplasty complain of feeling “loose”. They note decrease friction during intercourse resulting in lower levels of sexual satisfaction and more difficulty in climaxing. Vaginoplasty will increase friction during intercourse. After surgery, the vaginal tightness is similar to the pre-baby days. You will easily feel the difference and so will your partner.
What are the risks associated with vaginoplasty surgery?
The most common risks of surgery may include bleeding, infection, and scarring, however these are very unusual. Bleeding is controlled at the time of surgery and antibiotics are given postoperatively to prevent infection. With our surgical techniques scarring is very rare.
Where is the vaginoplasty surgery performed?
The surgery is performed in our outpatient surgical suite located in New York City’s famed East Side. We are proud that our office is an AAAASF surgical facility.
What is the average length of time of vaginoplasty procedure?
The average length of vaginoplasty procedure is between 1 and 2 hours. An additional hour is spent in our recovery room under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
What type of anesthesia is used for vaginoplasty surgery?
We perform vaginoplasty surgery under conscious sedation usually using a a very short acting medication named Diprovan (propophol). You will be asleep during the procedure and will awaken within minutes after the surgery is completed. Please note that this is different at other facilities where the patient is often awake during the surgical procedure. We feel that our patients are more comfortable using this form of anesthesia. Anesthesia services are provided by board certified anesthesiologists and are included in the cost of the procedure.
What is the postoperative period like?
You will have discomfort at the surgical site for the first few days, which will then decrease. Patients are sent home with prescriptions for pain medications and antibiotics. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. All sutures used are absorbable and therefore do not need to be removed.
When can I return to work after vaginoplasty surgery?
Most patients return to work within two to five days.
When can I resume sexual activity after vaginoplasty?
Approximately six weeks after surgery.
Can labiaplasty and vaginoplasty procedures be done at the same time?
Yes. Both procedures can be done at the same time. The discounted fee for this is $9900.
Does insurance cover the costs of a vaginoplasty?
Insurance usually does not cover the cost of this surgery because it is considered elective.
Are financing plans available?
Yes. We have arrangements with two financial institutions for no interest and low interest financing of your surgery.
Are credit cards accepted for vaginoplasty surgery?
Yes. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.
What is my next step, if I’m interested in vaginoplasty?
Dr. Blatt and his staff will be happy to discuss this procedure with you. Please feel free to call to speak with Dr. Blatt directly if you have any further questions, or use our convenient contact form.
How far in advance should I schedule my vaginoplasty surgery?
Consultations can be scheduled any time. We prefer a 48 hour notice to schedule surgery although at times we have been able to accommodate patients with as little as 24 hour notice. You may also elect to schedule your surgery weeks or even months in advance.
How much is an initial consultation?
The initial consultation is free. We believe once you meet our dedicated staff and see our state of the art facility you will become our patient.
Can I schedule my consultation the same day as surgery?
Yes. Many of our out of town patients have their consultations immediately prior to surgery. At this time we perform a physical exam and discuss the surgery that interest you in full detail.