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Genital cosmetic surgery is no longer a taboo, and it has been recognized to be important for women’s mental and physical health. Genital aesthetic procedures are easy and satisfying.
Patients can resume work and social activities shortly after the procedure, which has changed the overall women’s approach to this subject. Thanks to the trust-based communication between the patient and the doctor, satisfactory results are obtained after the procedures. With advanced and rapid medical techniques, patients can easily achieve their desired results.
What is Genital Cosmetic Surgery?
The genitalia consist of a vagina, large lips (Labium majus), small lips (Labium minus), hymen (Hymen), and the upper part-top region of the lips (Mons pubis). Any deformations in these parts of the genital area not only lead to an aesthetically unpleasant appearance, but also cause problems such as insecurity, lack of sexuality, dissatisfaction or shame in women. Genital cosmetic surgery is performed to remove such deformities and make necessary corrections.
Types of Genitalia Aesthetics
Labioplasty (Cosmetic surgery of internal and external lips)
Lips, which form the outer genital structure and are called labium, include large lips, i.e. thicker and fuller parts, and small lips, which are thinner and located further inside.
Over time, depending on the person’s characteristics or age, sagging that causes an impaired appearance, may occur in this section. For example, when you wear a swimsuit or s bikini, sagging looks like a bulging in front underneath the garment. Furthermore, it may close the entrance, which causes difficulty or pain during sexual intercourse.
With a simple operation, these elongated or sagging lips can be shortened and reshaped. Emptied, loosened lips can be made fuller.
After labioplasty, patients can easily resume daily activities. However, sexual intercourse should be avoided for 4-5 weeks during the recovery period.
Correction of Clitoral Folds (Clitoral Hudoplasty)
Clitoris is an important organ in sexual pleasure and orgasm function in women. In some women, excess tissue especially in the inner lips, called the ‘labium minus’, reaches up to clitoris.
Excessive skin layers on the upper part of the clitoris can be both aesthetically uncomfortable and adversely affect sexual arousal so clitoral hoodoplasty operation can be performed. The operation is usually performed during labioplasty surgery. After inner lips are shortened, the protruding appearance in that region becomes much more noticeable, unless an intervention is made on clitoral hood. This causes dissatisfaction in patients. Therefore, it is advisable to include clitoral cosmetic surgery during labioplasty.
Surgical Vaginal Tightening (Vaginoplasty)
The fact that the vagina is larger than normal is one of the leading sexual problems. Because the mismatch between the vagina and the male organ can cause problems with orgasm in both partners. Vaginoplasty aims to correct this problem.
In some women, normally the vagina size may be structurally larger than normal. In addition, normal delivery, a tear caused by delivery (birth tears), high number of births, failure to suture the episiotomy incision at the time of the first birth, or opening of the sutures, giving birth to a large baby, decreased vaginal elasticity and loosening with increasing age may occur.
During vaginal narrowing, a longitudinal part is removed from the posterior wall of the vagina. In repair, the muscle layer and the mucosal layer are sutured individually.
Although vaginoplasty is performed with local anesthesia to a larger extent, it is also possible to perform it under general anesthesia. The operation takes about 1 hour.
Other genital cosmetic surgeries e.g. vaginal cosmetic surgery, labioplasty, clitoris cosmetic surgery can be performed in combination with vaginoplasty.
Although many alternative solutions have been proposed to address the dark pigmentation problem of the skin in the genital region, none of these therapies provides completely lasting and satisfactory results. Topical chemicals applied to the vulvar and anal area cause many skin problems, and what’s more, the results are temporary. Since the skin in this area is very sensitive, many complications can arise upon the application of chemical agents. Therefore, the most effective and advanced way to remove hyperpigmentation is laser application. In recent years, vulvar/anal bleaching technology with CO2 laser has been preferred to lighten the skin color in the genital-anal region and get lasting results.
Vaginal Rejuvenation and Tightening with Laser
Structural vaginal laxity or vaginal laxity caused by delivery is common. Such deformities can lead to decreased pleasure or loss of pleasure during sexual intercourse on the side of both men and women. Surgical intervention allows removal of excess tissue and narrowing and rejuvenating the surrounding tissues.
Recently, vaginal tightening procedure by laser method, which is a very short and easy method, can be performed without need for anesthesia in a clinical setting. The instruments developed for this purpose are getting more advanced day by day and after laser, radiofrequency waves are used to perform more effective and successful vaginal tightening procedures.
External Genitalia Tightening
The external genital area, also known as vulva, comprises external lips on both sides and the area between the clitoris region at the upper part and the anus at the lower part.
People who have complaints of wrinkles, sagging in the genital area and who want a more taut and shiny skin structure can have a procedure known as ‘labial tightening-vulvar tightening’ to get rid of such problems.
Filling to Large Lips (Labia Majora Injections)
Structural or aging-related depressions and wrinkles may occur on large lips covered with hair. In that case, fat is injected into large lips to give them a fuller appearance. Injection of fillers into large lips involves a procedure where the fat removed from another part of the body by ‘liposuction’ method is in jected into the large lips using special cannules. Thus, large lips which are smaller or wrinkled than normal can have a fuller and more vibrant appearance.
Reduction of Large Lips by Surgery (Labia Majora Cosmetic Surgery)
Enlarged or sagging large lips covered with hair, which are located externally in the genital region, might cause some esthetic problems. In that case, enlarged and sagging large (external) lips are reduced and corrected by a simple surgical operation.
Reduction of large lips is a type of labioplasty too and is also called ‘large lip labioplasty’ or ‘labia majoraplasty’.
Mons Pubis Cosmetic Surgery (Puboplasty-Venus Cosmetic Surgery)
The prominent and bulging-like pubis appearance of women, especially when they wear a bikini or tight clothes after giving birth, can lead to non-aesthetic images. Pubic fat is known as a congenital deformity that cannot be resolved by weight loss. In other words, it is very difficult to get rid of the prominence in that area by going on a diet or doing sports.
Pubic lift surgery is performed at the level of abdominoplasty incision scar or lower abdominal fold scar and hence the problem is corrected without leaving a noticeable scar.
Hymen suturing, which is requested by patients for social or family reasons, is one of general cosmetic surgical interventions. A permanent hymen repair is performed by flap method.
The best candidate for a cosmetic gynecology procedure is a woman with concerns about the size, shape and/or volume of her genitalia. Women of nearly every age, including teens, have found both emotional and physical satisfaction following a vaginal rejuvenation. You may be a good candidate for cosmetic gynecology if you:
- Have had children;
- Experience vaginal dryness;
- Have reduced sensitivity or sensation during sexual intercourse;
- Experience pain during intercourse or other physical activities;
- Are unhappy with the appearance of labia or vulva;
- Suffer from urinary incontinence.
If you meet any of the criteria above, you may be ideal for vaginal rejuvenation treatments. Be sure to ask your online onsultant which treatment is best for you based on your goals.
Everyone heals at different rates and you are the best judge of when you are ready for certain activities, but the following are general guidelines:
- You can most likely return to your physical exercise program within two to four weeks of your procedure;
- You may resume intimate activity within six to eight weeks of your procedure;
- Most of the visible signs of your surgery should fade within about three weeks;
- You can most likely return to work within a day or two of your surgery;
- You can resume driving as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
In most cases, cosmetic genital surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and we bring you to your hotel shortly after the surgery. You may be sleepy if you have had sedation or general anesthesia and the surgical area will be sore. There will be some bruising, swelling and numbness. Most patients do not require prescription pain medication but if you find that you need something, just call your medical coordinator and we will make sure that you are comfortable.