Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty
Surgeries Related to Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty continued...
Here are some examples of "vaginal rejuvenation" and "designer vagina" procedures:
"Revirgination." The hymen, the thin tissue at the entrance to the vagina, normally "breaks" the first time a woman has intercourse. A surgery called a hymenoplasty repairs the hymen to mimic its original, virginal state, before a woman was sexually active. Because of the strong religious convictions surrounding the importance of virginity in some cultures, this is among the most controversial of cosmetic vaginal surgeries.
Clitoral unhooding. Some surgeons are marketing a procedure called clitoral unhooding, which removes the tissue that normally covers the clitoris.
G-spot amplification. The front wall of the vagina, some experts believe, holds the highly erotic G-spot, an especially sensitive stimulation site for female arousal and orgasm. The G-spot amplification procedure involves injecting collagen into the front wall of the vagina, theoretically to increase pleasure.
Risks of Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty
Women's long-term satisfaction and complication rates from vaginoplasty and labiaplasty have not been tracked. Further, because these surgeries have not been evaluated in peer-reviewed medical journals the way other surgeries have been -- some procedures are proprietary and trademarked -- ACOG considers them "unproven."
The risks of vaginal cosmetic surgery include:
- Permanent changes in sensation
- Ongoing pain
The best advice for women considering vaginal surgery: talk openly with your doctor about your feelings and concerns about your genitals, as well as your expectations for surgery and any possible non-surgical options. Targeted Kegel-like exercises can tone weak, loose vaginal muscles, for instance, and enhance sexual arousal; and counseling can address issues of sexual self-esteem and confidence.
Some questions to ask your surgeon include:
- What are the long-term risks and complications of surgery?
- What are the benefits?
- Will I experience reduced sensation in my vagina or clitoris after surgery?
- Will surgery affect my ability to have an orgasm?
- Are there any restrictions on use of feminine hygiene products, such as tampons, after surgery?
- Will surgery affect future pregnancy and childbirth?
- Are my expectations for surgery realistic?
- What are the non-surgical options?
Are Vaginoplasty or Labiaplasty Covered By Insurance?
Most health insurance plans don't cover vaginoplasty, labiaplasty, or other plastic surgery that's elective rather than medically necessary. Only occasionally, according to ACOG, is labiaplasty medically necessary, such as with labia hypertrophy (overgrowth) caused by excess testosterone, congenital conditions, or chronic irritation.