At Elite Plastic Surgery in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ area, we provide a discrete surgical labia rejuvenation, also known as labiaplasty, as a procedure by our plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Rozbeh Torabi and Dr. Tim Matatov, that reshapes and reduces the size of the labia so that it appears natural and aesthetically pleasing. Advanced aging, large-scale weight loss, birth defects, and genetics can create labia abnormalities in women such as loose and hanging skin, discolored pigmentation, and other uncomfortable, unwanted symptoms. In many cases, a labia deformity is caused by excessive stretching, most commonly from childbirth, which can cause self-consciousness and anxiety in a sexual situation. It can also create discomfort during intercourse, exercise, or wearing certain clothing. Labiaplasty has become one of the more common plastic surgeries in the United States today, and can be combined with a mommy makeover for moms wanting to rejuvenate their body back to its pre-pregnancy state or other plastic surgery procedures as recommended. Labiaplasty puts an end to all the awkwardness while sculpting an improved vaginal appearance. Although results may from patient to patient, our previous Elite Plastic Surgery labiaplasty patients indicate that they have more self-esteem, confidence in their physical appearance, better sexual experiences, and are satisfied with their decision to have vaginal rejuvenation plastic surgery.
Do I Qualify?
If you are self-conscious about the way your vaginal area appears and you have excess skin and tissue that creates a bulge or hangs, then labiaplasty may be a good option for you. It is recommended that women wait to have this surgery until after their final pregnancy. In addition, it is important to maintain a healthy weight, as a significant weight gain could compromise the results of the surgical outcome. Women with the following conditions may seek consultation for a labiaplasty:
- Not comfortable with the size of inner labia or vaginal lips.
- Have an enlarged labia after pregnancy.
- Have an inner labia that has elongated with age.
- If you feel labia pain, irritation, or soreness when doing exercises, sex, horse riding, or other daily activities and wearing tight clothing.
- If you have a protruding or asymmetrical labia.
There is no certain recommended age for labiaplasty. We do require our patient to be in good health, suffer from vaginal conditions that need to be rectified with the procedure, and to select an adequate time gap between menstrual periods for undergoing labiaplasty.
What to Expect
While labiaplasty can be performed by an OB/GYN or a plastic surgeon, it has become commonplace for this abnormal skin deformity to be addressed by a plastic surgeon so that scarring can be kept to a minimum, and the overall contour and aesthetic appearance optimized. Under a local anesthesia (can be combined with an oral sedative or a nerve block if deemed necessary), the excess skin is removed, and the shape of the labia are reduced and reshaped. A common technique is to use the "V" approach, which removes the excess skin into a natural V-shape. Surgical tools are used to reshape the inner folds of the labia so they no longer protrude. Incisions are sutured closed. It is important to find an experienced labia rejuvenation surgeon, such as Dr. Torabi or Dr. Matatov, who understand that this procedure is both for improved appearance and function. A qualified plastic surgeon will not only address the appearance, but will also preserve the feeling, nerves, and sensitivity of the labia with minimal scarring. This surgery usually takes 1 – 2 hours in the operating room.
The healing period varies from 3 – 7 days depending on individual patients. Most patients are able to join work after a few days, and maximum rest is advised for a week. Sutures dissolve in 10 – 12 days. Patients can start wearing tight clothing and go cycling or horseback riding after 5 weeks. They can resume sexual intercourse after 6 weeks, by which the healing is complete. Here are a few post-operative precautions to follow after labiaplasty:
- Lie flat for much of the time in the first 72 hours
- Use ice therapy to control swelling
- Take rest for a week and avoid intense activities
- Keep your vagina dry and pat it with a dry towel after cleaning the area
- Avoid sexual intercourse for six weeks to reduce the risk of infection
- Avoid horseback riding, cycling and other intense activities with potential direct impact close to vagina for 5 weeks
Patients experience limited pain for 2 – 3 days and swelling up to a week after the surgery. Surgeons prescribe medication to overcome these problems. You can also use ice therapy after 24 hours and up to 72 hours to control the swelling. Modern medical technology has made labiaplasty a safer and low-risk procedure. However, mistakes and complications during surgery may lead to rare side effects, such as:
- Injury to vagina and clitoris
- Bleeding and scarring
- Infection, hematoma formation, and numbness
- Darkening and thickening of the labia
- Uneven or asymmetric labia edge
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure and is performed under anesthesia. After surgery, women should avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for about 4 – 6 weeks. In addition, tampons, sexual intercourse, and tight clothing should be avoided as well so that the area can properly heal. Labiaplasty does not affect any change in sexual feeling or pleasure. It actually improves the self-esteem during intercourse and increases your functional ability without any pain attributed to the inner labia. Scarring following labiaplasty is almost completely unnoticeable. This procedure results in a vaginal appearance that is healthy, natural, and pleasing. In addition, symptoms such as chronic irritations, sexual discomfort, etc. will be significantly reduced.
Plan Your Procedure
If enlarged or misshapen vaginal lips are causing you discomfort, medical concerns, or makes you feel less feminine, schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about the labiaplasty procedure. At Elite Plastic Surgery, we will help to create your treatment plan to get your best results and restore your body.