No longer taboo, vaginal surgery includes reconstruction, tightening or enhancement. Dr Laith Barnouti at Sydney Plastic Surgery explains the procedure, costs and recovery process.

What is vaginal surgery?

Vaginoplasty is a type of reconstructive surgery used to tighten the vagina and strengthen the perineal tissues between the vagina and the anus. The procedure enhances vaginal tone, muscle strength and increases voluntary control. It restores the stretched vaginal wall muscle producing a tighter vaginal tract, improved perineal tone, decreased incidence of uterine prolapse (falling or sliding of uterus from its normal position) and creates better sexual intimacy either after childbirth or if loosening of the vagina has occurred. Vaginal tightening surgery is performed under local anaesthesia and some sedation (twilight sleep) on an outpatient basis in the confidential setting while some patients prefer full general anesthesia.

What is recovery like?

Patients go home the same day and can return to work after 5days. After surgery, You may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears completely after 1-2weeks. Sexual activities cannot be resumed for 6 weeks to ensure that the vaginal area is completely healed.

Is there scaring?

All scaring is inside the vagina. Nothing on the outside.

What is the healing process?

Full healing takes 4 to 6 weeks.

Walking and light duties: one day after surgery.

Other normal activities: Day 5 after surgery.

Sexual activity: no sexual activity for 4-6 weeks after surgery.

What are the costs?

Total cost: $7,900 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow-up visits cost).

This price assumes hospital cover with a private fund. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for an additional cost of $2500.