Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery
Labiaplasty and female cosmetic genital rejuvenation can address conditions that result from an enlarged labia that may be causing discomfort and self-consciousness with your appearance. An enlarged or asymmetrical labia is a very common condition among women, and procedures offered by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. James A. Matas, can effectively recontour and renew the area without harming surrounding tissues or affecting sexual sensation. Labiaplasty can help you feel more comfortable while wearing certain types of clothing, exercising, and engaging in sexual intimacy. Dr. Matas can help you attain your goals and enhance your self-confidence with this commonly performed procedure.
- Best Candidates for Labiaplasty
- How Labiaplasty and Cosmetic Genital Rejuvenation is Performed
- Recovery from Labiaplasty
Best Candidates for Labiaplasty
Good candidates for labiaplasty include women who experience elongated labial tissue due to recent pregnancy, weight loss, menopause, hereditary conditions, the natural aging process, or other factors. Candidates include women who experience discomfort, pain, or self-consciousness in social situations and while engaging in regular daily activities due to elongated labial tissue. Dr. Matas will meet with you during an initial, private consultation to answer your questions and determine if labiaplasty is the right option for your needs.
How Labiaplasty and Cosmetic Genital Rejuvenation is Performed
There are several different types of labiaplasty and cosmetic genital rejuvenation techniques – the best option for you will depend on your specific needs.
- Labia Minora Reduction – this labiaplasty procedure involves the surgical removal of excess tissue and reshaping of the inner lips of the vulva. Incisions are very carefully placed and scarring should be well-hidden after the procedure.
- Labia Majora Reduction – this form of labiaplasty concentrates on reducing excess tissue in the outer lips of the genitalia. Although this procedure can be effective, it may not be necessary if you undergo labial minora reduction.
- Clitoral Hood Reduction – this can often be performed in combination with labiaplasty. A clitoral hood reduction is designed to trim excess skin that may be hanging over the clitoris.
- Injectable Dermal Fillers – dermal fillers can be used to add volume to the labial majora and reduce the appearance of labial minora elongation; however, this treatment is not permanent and will need to be periodically repeated to maintain the effects.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
Surgical labiaplasty and cosmetic genital rejuvenation procedures are typically performed using dissolvable sutures to close the incisions. A long-lasting anesthetic will be injected into the area to minimize post-operative discomfort. You will need about four to five days of bed-rest after the procedure. Dr. Matas advises patients to avoid excessive sitting for two weeks. Cycling, sexual intercourse, and other activities that may cause direct pressure to be applied to the genital area should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Your New Look
Once the initial swelling from labiaplasty surgery has subsided, you should notice the optimal results of this procedure. Most patients who undergo labiaplasty are now able to feel confident and comfortable while exercising, walking, engaging in sexual intimacy, wearing certain types of clothing, and participating in other activities that caused them discomfort before the surgery was performed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I need to be for labiaplasty?
Improving the appearance of the labia minora is possible for women of many ages. If a prospective patient is under the age of 18, they must have consent from their legal guardian, have realistic expectations for this procedure’s outcome, and should want this procedure for themselves, not because of peer pressure. Most of Dr. Matas’ patients are adult women but, depending on the unique needs of each individual, there are many characteristics that could make you an appropriate candidate for labiaplasty.
How much does labiaplasty cost?
The overall cost of this procedure is often determined by a variety of factors. These may include the expenses for the day of the surgery, such as anesthesia and supplies, the experience level of the doctor, and where the surgery is being performed. It is important to keep in mind that our board-certified plastic surgeon strives to deliver quality results while meeting all safety requirements. Our office staff is also available to review convenient financing options that can help meet your needs.
Will my insurance cover the costs of this procedure?
Although labiaplasty can often aid in remedying physical discomfort like friction, skin tearing, and chafing, health insurance may not cover the cost of this procedure as labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic treatment by most insurance companies. Any medical practice that advertises that labiaplasty is covered by insurance may not have the same set of standards as Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery. To help alleviate some of the costs, we can work with you to find a payment plan or financing option that can best suit your needs.
Can excess skin over my clitoris be removed?
For women experiencing discomfort from excess skin over the top of their clitoris, labiaplasty from Dr. Matas may be helpful. In this procedure, the extra skin can be removed or reduced, creating a trimmer appearance that may increase sensitivity and lead to more pleasurable intercourse. Dr. Matas can discuss the treatment techniques he commonly uses at your consultation.
If my labia tore in childbirth, can it be repaired?
Yes, Dr. Matas is often able to repair the labia if it was torn in the birthing process. He recommends waiting at least three to six months after your delivery before opting for this surgical repair.
Will my period affect the healing process?
Your menstrual cycle should have little to no effect on the healing process after the procedure. Designed to self-cleanse, the vagina requires little maintenance beyond soap and water. However, it is best to avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, or baths during recovery, as infections could occur from these different water sources.
How soon after labiaplasty can I get back to my normal routine?
Our patients typically need at least four to five days of bed-rest following this procedure. Resuming normal routines will vary from patient to patient and some activities should be avoided for at least six weeks. Dr. Matas can review the recovery specifics with you in your consultation. It may take about two to three months for the labia region to heal completely. Over these months, the collagen should have enough time to mature for when you do return to activities such as exercise, intercourse, and wearing tampons or thongs.
How soon after my procedure can I have sex?
Each individual will recover at different rates, but typically our patients can have intercourse six weeks after the procedure. It is important to note that inserting anything into the vaginal opening may physically distress the area; it is best to wait until it has completely healed to ensure a tear does not occur. After labiaplasty, it is recommended to use lubrication the first few times while having sex or using a vibrator, as this can be more comfortable and smooth.
Will my partner see my scar?
As with all scars, they are permanent. Placement of the incisions, along with the type of tissue that is being contoured, typically results in minimal visible scars.
Can I have labiaplasty revision surgery?
Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon for your initial labiaplasty is of the utmost importance to receiving top results. If an experienced and highly-trained doctor is not utilized for this surgery, there is a higher risk for something to go wrong; excess skin may not be completely trimmed; and the totality of your needs may not be addressed. In these cases, Dr. Matas can perform a revision surgery if necessary, but for many patients it is best to wait at least a few months before opting for this revision procedure.