Dr. Alinsod explains what women should know about post-vaginoplasty surgery.
Now after you heal up six weeks later after a vaginoplasty, the tissues will be firm because sutures have been tied all the way across the tissues, and that area has been slightly inflamed and firm feeling. Also it’s like baby butt, brand new skin in that area and so this tissue is kind of sensitive, just like when you first started playing tennis, you’ll have blisters pretty easily. So you have to toughen that area up.
So we recommend vaginal softening exercises. Usually those are stretching exercises done with the fingers or with vaginal dilators that then make the skin soften, stimulate collagen formation, and also not only soften but toughen it up. That sounds weird that you soften an area but you toughen it up at the same time, but that makes intercourse more comfortable for the patient once it’s softened.
About Dr. Alinsod, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., A.C.G.E.:
Dr. Red Alinsod, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., A.C.G.E., graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, in 1986 and completed his OB/GYN residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1990. His focus in those early years was pelvic surgery. He was the first Rutledge Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer and Tumor Institute and was also selected as a Galloway Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center.