As of 2008, about a third of patients who underwent such procedures did so for health reasons, a third did so for purely aesthetic purposes, and the other third had procedures for simultaneous cosmetic and practical reasons. There are three main types of genital operations available to women – labiaplasty and vaginal tightening, which can be done independently or together, and hymen repair, also known as hymenoplasty. Each is a different procedure that achieves different results.
What is Labiaplasty?
The labia refers to the layers of skin that surround the vulva and gives the vagina its overall appearance. There’s an enormous amount of natural variation in its characteristics, and every woman’s is different. These natural characteristics, combined with the rigours of childbirth, aging or injury, mean that the labia tends to change a lot over time. If this has happened to you, and you either suffer from resulting health effects or simply liked it better the way it used to be, labiaplasty is a reliable solution.
The fact that every labia is very different, and everyone has different surgical goals, means the exact details of the procedure change every time, far more so than in other operations. All of it however, is done with a methodical and results-oriented focus. Your surgeon will draw up a tailored operation plan based on the information given during consultation, and by following this plan will be able to correct all your issues one by one. This includes procedures like reducing the clitoral hood in order to improve sexual response, laser reduction of the labial epidermis for the desired look, manual creation of entirely new features in the event of sexual reassignment surgery or intersex treatments, or anything else.
Vaginal tightening is an extraordinarily beneficial procedure that alleviates a wide range of symptoms and fixes a lot of issues. The exact methods vary, but it’s all focused on strengthening the pelvic muscles and experiencing the amazing advantages of doing so. Natural aging can cause these muscle structures to deteriorate quickly, particularly when they aren’t regularly exercised. Pregnancy in particular, however, is the main cause of loose vaginal muscles and can cause a range of particularly unpleasant symptoms.
On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of women encounter issues with overly-tight vaginal muscles. These can also cause a lot of discomfort and health issues. Most cures for this involve surgically loosening the vaginal muscles. Regardless, these still fall under the heading of vaginal tightening surgery. Consequently, if you’re experiencing any of the following issues, it’s a sign that your muscles are either too tight or too loose, and can be repaired with the appropriate procedure.
The following conditions are caused by excessively loose vaginal muscles, and can be fixed with tightening procedures.
- Incontinence or uncontrollable flatulence: If it feels like you no longer have the control or muscle intensity to ‘hold it in’, then that’s probably exactly what’s happened. This is a fairly common side effect of pregnancy or aging that will strike a lot of women at some point. Excessive ongoing tension such as that which occurs during childbirth can permanently sap muscle elasticity and cause ongoing incontinence. Most patients agree that vaginal tightening is a much better solution than adult diapers.
- Organ prolapse: This is an unsightly and unhealthy condition in which normally invisible internal tissues get ‘pulled out’ and become clearly visible, potentially causing pain, discomfort, sexual dysfunction and intense self-consciousness. Generally this will not happen unless your pelvic muscles have lost strength. If it does, surgery can put everything back to normal, fixing both the symptoms and the cause.
- Overactive bladder: Thought to affect almost half of all women at some point in their life, overactive bladder syndrome simply causes the frequent feeling of needing to pee. It’s accompanied by incontinence in about 40% of cases. If you need to urinate a number of times throughout the day, or several times each night, then you probably have an overactive bladder caused by excessively loose pelvic muscles. One of the biggest problems with this condition is that many people assume it’s just one of those things that comes with pregnancy or aging, that it’s normal and that there’s no cure. This is wrong on all counts. It affects a lot of people, but is far from normal. It can be caused by pregnancy or aging effects, but also has other roots. Most of all however, there is a cure, and it’s very simple and straightforward. Vaginal tightening cures the root of the problem, so if you think you might have an overactive bladder, there’s no need to keep suffering through it.
A lot of conditions can come about as a result of overly taut vaginal muscles. These can also be fixed by adjusting muscular tension.
- Urination issues including pain, incomplete emptying of the bladder, inconsistent stopping and starting of the stream or muscle spasms. This likely means your perineum is too tight and needs to be relaxed.
- Ongoing constipation, pain and straining during bowel movements. Uncomfortable, unpleasant and a serious health issue, this should be fixed as soon as possible.
- Lasting and unexplained pain anywhere the lower back, hip, pelvic or genital region. In the absence of another distinct cause for pain in these areas, the reason is almost certainly over-tight vaginal muscles.
- Pain during or after sexual activity, particularly where there are also penetrative issues or sharp bursts of pain during climax. This is not normal, and easily cured.
- Vaginismus or muscle spasms. Any sudden and spasmodic motions of the vaginal muscles or involuntary contractions can probably be prevented. These must be identified during the surgical consultation session to determine whether or not they can be resolved.
What is Hymenoplasty?
The hymen is an internal vaginal membrane. It often remains intact and unbroken until a woman becomes sexually active, but can also be ruptured by rigorous physical activity, sports, injury or numerous other causes. Hymen reconstructive surgery, also known as hymenoplasty or hymenorrhaphy, encompasses all techniques in which a doctor surgically restores or repairs the organ. There are three main types of hymenoplasty, and Australia Cosmetic Clinics offers them all.
Hymen Suturing: In the event of injury, damage or traumatic factors like sexual assault, this method is used to repair hymen damage and facilitate rapid physical healing.
Hymen Implant: This involves surgically implanting a synthetic membrane, either with or without its own small artificial blood supply. This is functionally indistinguishable from the real thing, and is the simplest and most cost effective option for most situations.
Vaginal Lining Reproduction: The most detailed and extensive form of hymen reconstruction available, this method involves creating an entirely new and perfectly functional hymen with its own fully natural and integrated blood supply. This is done by manipulating a single flap of skin from the vaginal lining and turning it into a new hymen.
The best method depends on your health, body type and reasons for undergoing hymen reconstruction surgery. As such, we strongly recommend speaking with a doctor before committing to the procedure.
Vaginal surgery is one of the most useful, health-beneficial and cosmetically advantageous procedures available, but is often overlooked out of embarrassment or stigma. Following the operation, most of our patients say they wish they’d done it years ago. Discrete, professional and highly experienced medical help is available, so there’s no reason to suffer in silence any more. Speak with a doctor by calling 1300 559 848 or contacting us online.