Vaginal Rejuvenation and Labiaplasty
Every woman’s body is as unique as her fingerprint; however, if you’re uncomfortable with the shape of your labia for any reason, Hankins & Sohn Plastic Surgery Associates may be able to help. Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape the labia minora and labia majora. It’s most commonly performed to address labial hypertrophy (enlargement) and to refine the aesthetic appearance of the vulva. Other benefits can include reducing pain during sex due to excess or oversized labia, enhancing comfort during sports such as biking, and minimizing labial visibility in certain clothing such as swimsuits and exercise apparel. Labiaplasty offers a number of different benefits for women, and it can be customized to suit a broad range of needs and goals. Dr. W. Tracy Hankins and Dr. Samuel M. Sohn, our board certified plastic surgeons, strive to provide discreet, compassionate, and effective treatment based on your expressed concerns.
We understand if you have additional questions about labiaplasty, and our friendly and knowledgeable team is available to help. Contact our plastic surgery practice today for more information or to schedule a private complimentary consultation.
There are a number of vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty techniques available for patients, each tailored to match the needs of the individual woman. Most patients experience rapid recovery, and the scars should be virtually imperceptible once healed.
Labia Minora – To reshape the labia minora (inner layers of skin around the vaginal opening), a wedge excision can be performed to reduce the excess skin. Rim excisions can also be performed to reduce excess skin along the entire length of the labia minora; however, this approach may not leave as natural of a labial edge.
Labia Majora – To re-contour the labia majora (outer fold of the genital area), an excision of the inner portion of the skin is performed. This is done to better hide the incisions in the natural fold between the labia majora and minora.
Clitoral Hood Reduction – Individuals that have excess skin covering the clitoris may prefer to have a clitoral hood reduction. This is considered to be a minor procedure that reduces excess skin around and covering the clitoris. Clitoral hood reduction can be performed alone or in conjunction with another vaginal rejuvenation procedure, based on your needs. Aside from the benefit of an improved appearance, some patients experience enhanced sensation.
Fat Grafts for the Labia Majora – Fat and volume are common signs of youth. The natural aging process, genetics, or weight loss can cause skin laxity and volume loss of the labia majora. These effects can be addressed with the addition of fat grafts, helping to restore a youthful appearance to the vulva.
Women who seek vaginal rejuvenation typically range in age from 18 to their 60s. They are often seeking improvement in both form and function of their genitalia. Some individuals have experienced labial elongation with childbirth or deflation with weight loss, or another change over time. Some patients have always had some degree of excess skin and wish they could do something about it. Many women seek increased comfort in and out of their clothing. Your reasons are your own, and we will provide a customized treatment plan designed to best achieve your desired outcome.
Recovery from labiaplasty typically will be straightforward, often requiring only a few days off work. You should also abstain from sexual activity for approximately four-to-six weeks. We also recommend that you avoid using tampons, refrain from wearing tight clothing (e.g. thongs), and properly cleanse the area daily. You will also have to apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions twice daily for about five days postoperatively. Discomfort should be minimal, and the tissues in this area tend to heal very quickly, although your experience may vary. Most patients report little pain; however, we can provide prescription medication to manage your symptoms if needed.
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