Labiaplasty refers to surgical trimming of the labial tissues in females. This procedure is sometimes called vaginal rejuvenation.
Labiaplasty is not always strictly cosmetic in nature. Women with excessive skin of the labia majora or labia minora can have many symptoms resulting from the collection of moisture to pain with exercise or intercourse. In addition, excessive skin folds in this region can lead to rashes, infections, burning, and even bleeding. Skin can get caught in tight jeans. Labia skin can be visible in swimwear, and in more extreme cases, can fall out of the contour of the swimsuit resulting in a very embarrassing bathing experience.
Labia can also be “rejuvenated” with the addition of fat. Fat from an unwanted area like the hips, thighs, or love handles can be removed then injected to “puff up” the labia.
Labiaplasty (reduction of tissue or fat grafting of labia) can be done alone or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction, breast surgery, or abdominoplasty. Often, it is an addition to mommy makeovers.
Why Some Women Desire Vaginal Rejuvenation to Tighten the Vagina?
The natural process of childbirth and/or the aging process can result compromise the integrity of the vaginal walls and muscles; not only to the back (posterior) wall, but to the sides, front wall and tissues surrounding the vaginal opening and urethra . The result is a relaxed vaginal canal (vaginal relaxation) and/or an enlarged vaginal opening.
Women who experience these problems can report:
- Feeling “too loose” sexually, feeling stretched out, and not being able to feel their partner inside them during sex
- Inadequate friction or sensation during intercourse
- Challenging to achieve orgasm during intercourse (which of course may or may not be related to vaginal relaxation)
Women with any of the above symptoms often seek a solution to rejuvenate and tighten the vagina and achieve improved sexual function . Even women with no children can experience these problems because of aging, and various hormonal issues. Perhaps even a history of smoking, and weight gain or loss, can generate tissue looseness. The good news is vaginal tightening and pelvic relaxation solutions are available at Artisan of Beauty Plastic Surgery.
The goal of vaginal rejuvenation or aesthetic vaginal surgery aims to strengthen the function of the vulvo-vaginal area, firming up and reshaping tissue for a more youthful appearance, respectively. Once can consider the procedure as essentially a “face lift” for the female reproductive area.
Vaginal rejuvenation is often two combined distinct surgeries of labiaplasty and vaginoplasty to restore or enhance the vagina’s cosmetic appearance or function, respectively. Labiaplasty is a labia reduction where excess tissue is trimmed for cosmetic enhancement or it may be functional in the case of pain or rashes as a result of tight clothing, intercourse, exercise, or other physical activities.
Vaginoplasty surgery is done by removing excess vaginal lining and tightening the surrounding soft tissues and muscles. The post-operative outcome of vaginoplasty is variable, but the goal is to tighten the vaginal canal and improve sensation for sex for both the patient and her partner.
An growing field for vaginal rejuvenation is PRP (platelet Rich Plasma). PRP (platelet rich plasma) can be injected into the vaginal wall and clitoris with the goal of improving sensation. Another less invasive option for potentially improving sexual pleasure is a “Honeymoon Shot” which delivers growth factors and cytokines directly to the pleasure spots. This procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. Blood is drawn from the arm then processes to isolate the platelet rich plasma component of blood. It is this that is then injected right into the clitoris on anterior vaginal wall where hides the location of the mysterious G-spot. The idea is to deliver rejuvenating proteins to the vagina to allow the tissues to “work better”.
The Honeymoon shot has a male version, called S.T.I.M. Be sure to ask about couple specials.
Common questions include:
How long will it be before I can have sex after surgery?
For labiaplasty, it is generally a good idea to wait at least 3 weeks before engaging in sex. One must be sure that the wounds have healed. Trauma from intercourse too early can disrupt the “repair” and lead to delayed healing. If one has a vaginoplasty, it may be slightly longer before one can engage in intercourse. It is always best to follow up with your doctor before restarting your sexual life to ensure that the sites are healed.
Do I have to be asleep for surgery?
A labiaplasty can be performed quite easily under local anesthesia. Topical anesthesia is applied for 20 minutes, then the labia is injected with a numbing medication (lidocaine) with a vasoconstrictive agent, epinephrine. Vaginoplasty is often performed under either an intravenous sedation with local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
Of course, many times these procedures are combined with others such as liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover (a combination of all 3). The advantage to having a labiaplasty while awake is you can guide the amount you want trimmed. The disadvantage is that local anesthesia will cause swelling and make the resection “slightly” less precise which means there is about a 25% chance you may need a touch up (at no additional cost) in the office in a month or so.
What is the price of a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty can rage from $1,900 for one side to over $3,600 for bilateral.
What is the price of vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty can range from $3,500 and up.
What is the price of fat grafting (fat transfer) to labia?
Fat grafting to the labia (which may be done in conjunction with vaginoplasty or labiaplasty costs $3,000 and up.
It should be noted that when procedures are combined the total cost for any one procedure is reduced.
Is it painful?
Oddly enough, labiaplasty and fat grafting causes very little discomfort. Most of the sensation of course is in the vaginal canal or clitoris. It should be mentioned that the clitoris is naturally avoided during these procedures.
Will this affect my sexual sensation?
Often, women will report improved sensation after both labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. Fat grafting to the labia often doesn’t change sensation one way or another. However, prettier looking labia (which is the goal of fat transfer) usually translates psychologically into improved sex.