Intimate surgery: male and female plastic genital procedures



Hymen reconstruction is a genital cosmetic surgery. It is also called hymenorrhaphy or hymenoplasty. The hymen is a membrane that partially closes the entrance of the vagina. It can be broken or ruptured when having intercourse, doing vigorous exercise, or inserting a tampon. Medically speaking, experts affirm that the hymen functions mainly as the protector of the vagina against bacterial penetration. However, many women want their hymen to be reconstructed for various personal and sometimes cultural or religious reasons. This can be accomplished through hymen surgery.

There are three types of hymen restoration surgeries; short-term, three-layer, and long-term procedures. The choice of the procedure type includes the patient’s desired outcome as well as the type of hymen she has, as hymen vary in location, thickness, and width from one woman to the other.

  • Short-term: it offers a short-term solution, as the existing remains of the original hymen are sewn, using thin and strong threads. The new hymen is usually tight, which is indicated by the reduction of the vagina entrance. The patient can have it several days before an upcoming defloration.
  • Three-layer: the remains of the original hymen are stitched together. This is performed using local anesthesia and special rehabilitation is required after this surgery.
  • Long-term: The surgeon restores fully the original plaque with the mucous membrane of the vagina’s entrance. The restored hymen can last up to three years.

The membrane will look intact, as there will not be a scar or any evidence of the procedure.

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Labiaplasty, or nymphoplasty, is a genital surgery that is designed for labia reduction. It aims to render the labia minora more symmetrical and better looking. It is the most commonly performed vaginal rejuvenation procedure, as it can relieve labia irritation and itching. This vagina surgery makes it easier and more comfortable for women to ride bikes and enjoy intercourse, considering that they are prone to feeling self-conscious when it comes to that area. The goal of the surgery is to reduce the labia minora so as to ensure that they do not hang below the hair-bearing labia majora or protrude clothing. Some women have elongated labia and that excess tissue causes them discomfort and hinders normal functions. For example, athletes with long labia sticking to their legs during physical activities have reported feeling super irritated and frustrated. In addition, there are women seeking vaginal rejuvenation because they have noticed significant changes and/or tears after giving birth. In some cases, young females (under the age of eighteen) suffer from genetic irregularities.

A labiaplasty can also be performed to lessen asymmetry is the case one is longer than the other, or to decrease the length of labia altogether. It is performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia and lasts for one to two hours. Recovery after this procedure is typically swift and uncomplicated as it is minimally invasive. Labiaplasty typically results in shorter labia minora that no longer protrude the labia majora or underpants.

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Penis enlargement, or penile elongation, aims to increase the penis size. It is a relatively quick male enhancement surgery. In fact, penoplasty refers to the mixture of procedures that could be used in accordance with what the patient seeks, such as girth enhancement, penile lengthening, or both. The surgery involves a collaboration of urology and plastic surgery and it is quite different from phalloplasty, which is the penis construction or reconstruction.

Thanks to the development of medical technology and anaesthesia techniques, penis enlargement has become safer as the chances of risks and complications are being minimized. This procedure has several benefits such as increased penis length or width, which in turn boost confidence and self-esteem. Indeed, the patient will have a renewed sense of masculinity and, especially, sexual potency. Penis enlargement is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and lasts for one hour. There are two main types of penis enlargement surgery.

The first type is called penile augmentation and it has two methods. The first one includes injecting the penis with fat cells in order to increase length, girth, or width. The second method involves grafting fat cells from elsewhere in the body (donor areas) onto the penis.

The second type is the suspensory ligament release. The penis is anchored to the pubic area by the ligament. This provides the penis with support when erected.

In most cases, the surgery guarantees on average an increase in penis size varying between two and four centimeters, visible both at rest and during erection.

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Vaginoplasty is a vulvar surgery that aims at tightening the vagina and/or repairing the interior vaginal walls. It is also referred to as the vaginal tightening surgery because it brings together the separated muscles and removes the excess mucosa skin from the backside of the vagina. Vaginoplasty can actually remove the external skin for a more aesthetic look.

In case the vagina tissue and muscle have been seriously stretched, some people opt for it to rebuild the pelvic floor. This vulvar surgery is a virtually painless treatment that is designed to thoroughly improve mild cases of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In addition, it relieves women suffering from frequent vaginal infections and vaginal dryness, as well as women with lax and loose vagina skin caused by childbirth, frequent weight changes, and even menopause. It is important to mention that this lack of tone and slacking tissue can contribute to sexual dysfunction, which can turn into an anxiety trigger for partners and in turn an insecurity for women.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and lasts from one to two hours. It typically guarantees a tighter vaginal canal. This, in turn, helps with improving sexual satisfaction and it enhances the muscles’ tone at the vaginal entrance.

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