Intimate plastic surgery is the term for several surgical procedures.
What is intimate plastic surgery?
During vaginal plastic surgery, the surgeon restores the tightness of the vaginal wall by eliminating the sagging of the anterior and posterior vaginal wall. During this procedure it is also possible to eliminate previously scarred or poorly healed tearing of the perineum.
During labiaplasty, the oversized labia minora, which feel painful during sports and prolonged sitting, are reduced in size to achieve the desired condition.
Pubic mound contouring is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reduce the size of the pubic mound (mons pubis).
When is intimate plastic surgery warranted?
Loosening of the vaginal muscles can not only lead to sexual problems but can also cause difficulty in retaining urine. The root cause may be damage during childbirth but, depending on the individual, aging can also weaken the muscles in this area.
Excessive size of the labia minora can cause pain due to chafing against clothing, but as an aesthetic defect, it can cause serious frustration. The labia minora can be reduced surgically.
Pubic mound contouring may be required in many cases due to obesity or weight loss. The aim of the intervention is to reduce the size of the pubic mound. This is often performed in combination with a tummy tuck.
What happens at the first consultation?
Our plastic surgeon will examine you during a personal consultation and show you, based on their references, what the expected best outcome will be if you decide to have surgery. The surgeon will also inform you about the necessary alterations and surgical interventions.
Preparing for surgery
As with any surgical procedure, before intimate plastic surgery - vaginal, labial or pubic mound surgery - you must have a full examination, including lab tests and where necessary other tests (e.g., ECG and x-ray) as well. In our Private Hospital, we perform all the necessary tests at the same time to save you time and to make your preparations for surgery more convenient. You will also receive some lifestyle tips to help you prepare for intimate plastic surgery and to speed up your recovery. These include quitting smoking, at least temporarily, as nicotine slows the healing process, consuming adequate amounts of fluids, vitamins and trace elements (vitamin C, selenium, zinc), and avoiding the use of aspirin, ginkgo biloba and other natural remedies because these affect blood clotting.
What happens during surgery?
The best time to perform intimate plastic surgery may be 3-4 days after menstruation, as this may allow the wounds to heal before the following month’s cycle.
During pubic mound surgery under anesthesia, our plastic surgeon removes excess skin and, if deemed necessary, also performs liposuction.
During labia minora surgery, our plastic surgeon uses local anesthesia - general anesthesia is possible on request - to excise the excess skin from the labia minora, creating the ideal shape. The wounds heal in about 2 weeks and the final form develops within 2-3 months. The whole procedure takes 1 hour.
After intimate plastic surgery, depending on the procedure, following a few hours of observation you can spend up to one night in our Private Hospital, where you can relax in a pleasant and comfortable environment. The surgical area should not be exposed to water for one week, however you should ensure proper intimate hygiene. For the first two weeks, it is important to avoid any strenuous physical activity. You can then gradually resume your previous rhythm of life. After three weeks, light exercise is allowed, but you should abstain from sexual intercourse for six weeks. The solarium, sunbathing and the sauna are not recommended for two months. Our plastic surgeon will call you for a follow-up examination at specified intervals. Although we try to filter out all risk factors during preoperative plastic surgery examinations, unforeseen complications may occur. At the first consultation your plastic surgeon will inform you about these and how to avoid them.