Labiaplasty & Vaginal Rejuvenation
What is a Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Women who are bothered with large or asymmetric labia of their vagina can now have labia surgery to reduce the outward appearance of the labia and correct the misshapenness or irregularity. Some women are simply uncomfortable with their enlarged labia, which can lead to discomfort with wearing clothing, performing certain exercises or even during sex. The enlarged labia can have a protuberant and abnormal appearance leading to self-consciousness. Dr. Monasebian performs this labia reduction surgery (labiaplasty) in the convenience of his office procedure room with very little downtime or post-operative discomfort. Dr. Monasebian utilizes his skill as a Plastic Surgeon to reduce and reshape the labia minora to a thinner and more comfortable shape and appearance. The natural contours, pigmentations and sensations are preserved. As with all his aesthetic surgeries, Dr. Monasebian customizes the surgical procedure to the individual needs and expectations of the patient. These are discussed thoroughly in length during the pre-operative consultation. Due to the personal nature of this area, Dr. Monasebian wishes to review these photographs in the presence of the patient.
What is a Labiaplasty?
The term labiaplasty refers to a procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora. It is the most commonly performed female genital plastic surgery procedure and it can relieve symptoms women experience from twisting and tugging of the labia. The procedure is also known as vaginal rejuvenation.
Reasons patients want a labiaplasty
Women opt for vaginal rejuvenation surgery for a variety of reasons, including pain from twisting and tugging of the labia when riding a bike or during intercourse, itching, irritation, and self-consciousness.
What does a labiaplasty do?
The goal of the vaginal rejuvenation is to reduce the labia minora so that they don’t hang below the hair-bearing labia majora. A labiaplasty may be performed to reduce asymmetry when one is longer than the other, or, more commonly, to reduce the length of both labia so that the labia no longer twist, tug or fall out of a bathing suit.
Anesthesia for a labiapasty
Labiaplasty is a procedure that can be done under either local anesthesia with oral sedation or under general anesthesia.
The most common type of labiaplasty is the trim procedure, in which the extra tissue is removed and sewn up directly. This is the procedure Dr. Monasebian usually employs. Next in popularity is the wedge procedure, which maintains a natural border after a pie-shaped piece of tissue has been removed. Extra folds of the clitoral hood can also be reduced at the same time. The closure is usually done with absorbable sutures.
What are the risks of a labiaplasty?
The risks associated with labiaplasty include those of most surgical procedures, including bleeding, hematoma, and infection. The most common complication is over-resection. While some women desire an aggressive reduction, this can result in chronic dryness, scarring at or near the vaginal opening and pain with intercourse. Healing problems are more likely to occur with a wedge procedure, particularly if the patient is exposed to substances that cause blood vessels to shrink.
Recovering from a labiaplasty
Most patients take a week off from work after a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, during which they can reduce swelling and pain by icing with a cold pack sandwiched between the patient’s underpants and an elastic garment, like Spanx. This can be done “twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off.” The patient can also lie with her bottom elevated to reduce swelling.
Patients can resume wearing tampons or having intercourse after four to six weeks. Trim labiaplasty generally allows for a quicker recovery.
While the most distorting swelling is gone by 6 weeks, residual swelling may take six months to disappear.
What are the results of a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty typically results in shorter labia that no longer hang down below the level of the hair-bearing labia majora. Most patients who experienced symptoms from twisting and tugging of their labia generally find relief after surgery. According to multiple studies, vaginal rejuventation surgery is associated with a high satisfaction rate of over 90 percent.