Perineoplasty is a type of plastic surgery to correct damage to the perineal area between the vagina and the anus. Let’s look at how that area can become damaged or deformed and how patients can benefit from a perineoplasty.
What Is The Purpose Of The Perineum?
The perineum is the area of a woman’s body located between the vagina and the anus. It provides structural support for surrounding organs and it envelops the muscles that play a part in keeping the vagina tight.
How Does The Perineum Become Damaged?
The perineum can develop bulges, scar tissue and unwanted skin due to childbirth or a gynecological disease.
Even a normal vaginal delivery can cause trauma like natural tearing, or an incision may be needed (known as episiotomy) to deliver the baby or babies. The area must then be stitched closed after childbirth. Unless the stitching is performed by an experienced physician, the perineum may not heal properly, and the woman will be left with pain and scarring.
Obesity can also cause damage to the perineum. Being overweight puts extra strain on the entire body including the perineum. It stretches the muscles causing a lack of elasticity.
Extreme weight loss is just as damaging. When someone loses a lot of weight it leaves skin sagging, and unfortunately this occurs inside your body as well making your perineal muscles droop.
Benefits Of A Perineoplasty
This surgery is sometimes known as vaginal rejuvenation. It can provide an aesthetic vaginal tightening which aids a woman’s sexual pleasure and ability to achieve orgasm.
It corrects any deformities and improves the look and function of the vagina.
Perineoplasty returns the vaginal opening to a pre-baby diameter which allows women to feel more friction increasing their sexual satisfaction.
It can correct the stitched area or episiotomy after childbirth to allow for better healing and comfort.
In addition, a perineoplasty can also treat the following:
- Pain during tampon entry or intercourse
- Removal of genital warts
- Vaginal itching
- Narrowing of the vagina caused by cancer treatments
- Involuntary contractions of the vagina during attempted intercourse.
Pelvic floor exercises are usually recommended after surgery to further improve sexual pleasure.
Contact Summit MedAesthetics at (330) 953-3414 if you are unhappy with your perineum due to aesthetics, age, childbirth or scarring. Dr. Costas Apostolis is a double board-certified urogynecologist with extensive experience performing perineoplasties. He will take the time to discuss the procedure thoroughly and answer all of your questions. Schedule an appointment at our office in Akron or Boardman today!