If you’re dissatisfied with the form or function of your vagina, board-certified gynecologist Duncan Turner, MD, offers options for vaginal reconstruction at Turner Medical Arts in Santa Barbara, California. With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Turner specializes in minimally invasive reconstruction and rejuvenation procedures to restore the structure of your vagina and revive your sexual function. You can regain confidence and enjoy the long-term benefits of renewed vaginal health. To learn more about your options for vaginal reconstruction, book an appointment online or by phone today.
Vaginal reconstruction, also known as vaginoplasty, is a comprehensive surgical procedure that allows Dr. Turner to tighten the vaginal muscles, perineum, and structures of your pelvic floor.
During surgery, Dr. Turner removes excess tissue from the walls of your vaginal canal. He tightens underlying muscles with carefully placed stitches to add strength and support for your bladder and rectum.
Vaginal reconstruction can also reduce excess tissue of the perineum, between the vulva and the anus, tightening your vaginal opening to improve both appearance and sexual sensation.
If the labia, or outer lips of the vagina, cause discomfort or affect your self-esteem, Dr. Turner can also perform a labiaplasty during your reconstruction surgery to reduce the size and improve the overall appearance.
Vaginal reconstruction and rejuvenation procedures are minimally invasive, and Dr. Turner usually performs them as an outpatient procedure. He uses twilight or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
Prior to your surgery date, Dr. Turner creates a custom treatment plan, addressing the specific areas based on your health or cosmetic goals and your desired results.
Depending on those goals, you can expect the procedure to last from one to three hours. After a brief period of recovery from anesthesia, you can go home to recover.
To keep you comfortable as you heal, Dr. Turner can recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications. He also provides aftercare instructions to reduce your risk of infection.
Recovery time varies based on the type of surgery you have. Generally, you should expect at least one week of recovery before you return to your usual routine. Common side effects of vaginal reconstruction surgery include:
Dr. Turner evaluates the progress of your healing and may recommend avoiding sex and strenuous exercise for up to eight weeks.
Dr. Turner can determine if vaginal reconstruction is right for you after a physical exam and a review of your overall health. He also discusses your expectations for surgery and the issues that bother you most.
If you’re not a candidate for surgery, Dr. Turner can recommend less invasive procedures that can improve your vaginal health, such as MonaLisa Touch® LASER, Viveve or ThermiVa® radiofrequency treatment.
To get started on the road to better vaginal health, call Turner Medical Arts or book a consultation online today.