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Surgery Process Guide to Vaginoplasty

“There are many reasons why a woman would want to undergo vaginal tightening, be it physical, emotional or both. The surgery can help to address problems that are caused by age, multiple births, the menopause, genetic anomalies or other issues.” – HealthCentre.org 

Vaginoplasty surgery aims to tighten and shorten the vaginal and pelvic muscles, and removes any excess skin so that the vaginal area appears tighter.  Depending on the type of anaesthetic you are given, you may be asked to stay in hospital overnight.


You will be advised by your surgeon as to whether you’ll need a local or general anaesthetic. If you are given local anaesthetic, your surgeon will also sedate you. 


Once the anaesthetic has set in, the surgeon will begin to operate. The stretched pelvic floor muscles and ligaments at the back of your vagina are joined together and shortened using dissolvable stitches.


The surgeon will then remove any excess skin and vaginal lining, which helps to tighten the vaginal muscles and surrounding soft tissues.


If you were given general anaesthetic you may be asked to stay in hospital overnight. You may find walking and sitting uncomfortable for a few days. 

Complications / Negligence Signs

Haematoma – excessive bleeding.


Extreme scarring.

Surgical Risks

If this procedure is carried out using general anaesthetic, you need to be aware of the risks. There are various associated risks, which are extremely rare. H(typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

These complications can include:

-Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)

Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic

In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

These problems are more likely to arise if:

you are undergoing emergency surgery

you have other illnesses 

you are a smoker

you are overweight 

If you are offered local anaesthetic, risks you need to be aware of include;


Nerve injury

Ischemic necrosis (a restriction to the blood cells, causing a group of cells to die)


Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 


Important personal considerations must be made prior to any cosmetic surgery procedure. To familiarise yourself with these key ideas, read the S.A.F.E Choice Guide here. 

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