Each day we move closer to a better world of female empowerment and one of the areas that we should be able to discuss openly is our sexual appearance and pleasure. But as we age our sexual organs, and in this context, our vaginas lose elasticity, become stretched and can appear discoloured. 

For many women, this can lead to both loss of body confidence and a reduction in the amount of pleasure we feel during intercourse with our partner. And it’s not only age that can cause such changes in our body, but the events of childbirth can leave our vaginal walls damaged and loose.

Of course this is only natural and is by no means something to be embarrassed about. The female body, along with our life journey, is something that should be celebrated. After all, childbirth is a beautiful life experience and for many of us our proudest achievement.

But we also believe that women should feel good about themselves and understand that many of us struggle to come to terms with changes to our body as we grow older. Our compassionate team of private gynaecologists are always on hand to provide reassurance, talk you through your options and answer any questions you may have.

One of the most common cosmetic gynaecology procedures for women looking to rejuvenate their bodies and address some of these concerns is known as a vaginoplasty.

What is Vaginoplasty surgery?

A vaginoplasty, also sometimes referred to as vaginal tightening or vaginal rejuvenation surgery, is a surgical procedure with the aim of tightening the inner and outer muscles of the vagina. In most cases a Vaginoplasty is an elective surgery, meaning the vast majority of procedures are carefully planned in advance, rather than carried out in an emergency situation. The procedure is sometimes carried out in conjunction with labiaplasty surgery

Can I be too old for a Vaginoplasty?

One of the more common questions we are asked in relation to this procedure is “am I too old for a vaginoplasty?”. The simple answer is no, in most cases, age is not a factor that determines suitability for vaginal rejuvenation; this decision is based primarily on your health and medical history. Vaginoplasty candidates need to be in good overall health with no cardiovascular conditions, as due to the use of general anaesthetic, these factors can add risk to the surgery. 

However, as a vaginoplasty is an elective surgery, you will have plenty of time to discuss any doubts or concerns with our caring team who will help you to make an informed decision on whether a Vaginoplasty is right for you.

What are the benefits of Vaginoplasty?

A vaginoplasty works to tighten the opening and walls of the vagina, in turn providing a number of health benefits, both physically and mentally.

Physical Benefits

The loosening of the vaginal opening and walls especially through childbirth, can lead to a number of health concerns such as urinary incontinence, where a simple laugh or sneeze can cause urine to leak. The original development of the procedure was to help treat those who suffered from vaginal deformities such as vaginal agenesis, in which the vaginal canal doesn’t form at all. Although some of these issues are uncommon, a vaginoplasty operation aims to address them, allowing patients to regain more physical control over their bodies and often helping them to improve the sex lives of both themself and their partner

Sexual Benefits

One of the increasingly common reasons that more and more women are choosing to have a vaginoplasty is to help empower us in our sex lives. The widening of the vaginal canal through ageing and childbirth can make it difficult for women to feel the same pleasure we once did through intercourse, often making it difficult for women to orgasm through sex. But by tightening the vaginal muscles, through vaginal rejuvenation, we can boost our sexual confidence and pleasure.

Mental Benefits

Many women speak of increased self-esteem levels following their vaginoplasty procedure. After childbirth, it is perfectly normal for women to feel powerless over the changes happening to their body, and post-natal depression is a common occurrence. For many, choosing to have vaginoplasty surgery is about regaining some sense of control back over their life. This, combined with the aforementioned physical and sexual benefits of vaginal rejuvenation, can boost confidence levels and help to improve our overall mental health.

So, if you’re wanting to empower yourself, boosting both your physical and mental health, then no matter how old you are, a vaginoplasty is the perfect solution. But as with any elective surgery, it is only ever as good as your medical practitioner.

At MAS Gynaecology, our Consultant Gynaecologist, Mr Masood, has over two decades of Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice and a specialist in vaginal rejuvenation, so you can rest assured knowing that you’ll receive only the highest quality care from both Mr Masood and the rest of the MAS Gynaecology team before, during and following your operation. This is reflected by Mr Masood’s maximum 5* rating on the iwantgreatcare website, which is based solely on patient reviews. For more information or to speak with a member of our understanding team, please contact us.

Hysterectomy and myomectomy surgeries are the most recommended open surgery procedures for the treatment of fibroids; an extremely common condition that affects many women on a daily basis. However, there are a number of differences between hysterectomies and myomectomies. Before we go into these, it’s important to understand what fibroids are and why they require treatment.

What are Fibroids?

Uterine Fibroids, also sometimes known as leiomyomas or uterine myomas, are benign growths that develop in and around the area of the uterus. There are various types of fibroids, although the most common form is intramural fibroids, which appear in the uterus’ muscle wall and can cause several painful and problematic symptoms, such as painful or heavy periods. Larger intramural fibroids can occasionally also stretch to the womb. Other types of fibroids include ovarian fibroids, subserosal fibroids (outside of the uterus) pedunculated fibroids (when the subserosal fibroid develops a stem to support the tumour) and submucosal fibroids (these are less common and develop in the middle muscle layer of the uterus). 

In addition to heavy periods, other symptoms can include:

  • Stomach and back pain
  • Constipation
  • Regular urination

There are various other symptoms that women may experience, although these are the most common. In more serious cases there can be further complications caused by uterine fibroids, which may intervene with pregnancy or cause infertility, although these are rare.

Uterine fibroids can be detected via a pelvic examination by our expert gynaecologists, who may instruct an ultrasound, lab tests, or further imaging tests in order to make an official diagnosis.

Once a fibroids diagnosis is made, your private gynaecologist will then evaluate the best method for removing the unwanted growths from the uterus. As a specialist laparoscopic surgeon and head gynaecologist, Mr Mohammed Masood will usually perform less invasive treatments at MAS Gynaecology in the first instance. However, if these procedures fail to solve the issue, he will then recommend either a hysterectomy or a myomectomy to solve your fibroid issue.

What is a Myomectomy?

A myomectomy involves uterine fibroid removal through a surgical procedure in order to eliminate uncomfortable symptoms caused by the benign growths. This can also be conducted if the fibroids are suspected to be affecting your fertility and need to be removed as soon as possible.

If a woman still wishes to have children then a myomectomy procedure is recommended as the more suitable operation to remove fibroids, as the alternative, a full hysterectomy, completely removes all chances of pregnancy.

A myomectomy has a very low-risk rate, although any surgical procedure has complications. For example, a myomectomy operation may cause excessive loss of blood and scar tissue. There is a slight chance of difficulties occurring if you are pregnant during the procedure. In rare instances, a hysterectomy may have to be performed if other abnormalities are found.

What is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is usually the last resort for treating uterine fibroids or any other non-cancerous gynaecological issues, as once the uterus and cervix are completely removed, the chances of conception are non-existent.

Essentially, a hysterectomy involves removing the womb via invasive surgery. However, there are various hysterectomy types ranging in levels of extremity, depending on the severity of the patient’s diagnosis and symptoms. In some cases, a partial hysterectomy may be performed, where only part of the uterus is removed, rather than the entire uterus and cervix. In more serious situations, such as the treatment of cancer, a radical hysterectomy may be required. This involves the removal of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and even the upper part of the vagina, in addition associated pelvic ligaments and lymph nodes. However, as fibroids are non-cancerous, a simpler procedure is normally required.

Generally speaking, a hysterectomy  is usually recommended to women over the age of 35, as this is the average age of women who have had their children and wish to bear no more. Our gynaecologists do not advise a hysterectomy for younger women unless it is completely necessary. By having surgery early in life, women may face health issues such as heart problems or metabolic conditions.

If you have tried all other alternatives to remove your painful fibroids, then a hysterectomy is the perfect solution for you. It is currently the only permanent solution for removing uterine fibroids.

Book a Consultation

If you are struggling with painful periods, abdominal issues or any other symptoms associated with uterine fibroids you should consult with one of our professional gynaecologists to discuss your options.

Mr Mohammed Masood offers a private and professional service for all clients who are looking to remove their uterine fibroids or any other issues. They provide advice on smaller procedures and will evaluate whether a hysterectomy or myomectomy is the right step to take.

MAS Gynaecology offers fibroids treatment across London and Essex. Our professional team will ensure that all your needs are met from the consultation up until recovery. For further information on our gynaecological services, please contact us on 0782 597 0530 and discuss your medical options with one of our expert team members. You can also get in touch via email at fscott@masgynaecology.com.