Although it is not talked about a lot, several women have concerns about the shape and size of their labia, which can make them feel less confident. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marcos Ikeda wants to help Houston, TX women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery that improves the size and shape of the labia. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) may look oversized or have loose skin created by genetics, pregnancy, childbirth, or physical trauma. A labiaplasty is a surgery that is performed to reduce the size of the labia minora and/or majora to achieve a more normal appearance. This could eliminate discomfort and irritation while boosting confidence and sexual pleasure. Schedule a consultation at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa in Houston, TX to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and find out if you are a candidate for the surgery.
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Labiaplasty Ideal Candidates
A labiaplasty at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa may be helpful for Houston, TX women who are worried about the appearance of their vaginal area, which can be abnormal due to genetics, childbirth, or trauma. Abnormal or stretched vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you can't wear revealing outfits (including leggings, bathing suits, or yoga pants) because of the size of your vaginal lips. While a labiaplasty should not affect pregnancy, Dr. Marcos suggests you wait until you are done having children to avoid undoing your results.
Labiaplasty Surgical Technique
Most procedures for the labia are performed under local anesthesia so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. If the procedure is more extensive, you may require general anesthesia at an accredited facility, which will mean you need a responsible friend or family member to pick you up after your surgery. Dr. Marcos will discuss these options and time estimates during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is generally performed with a trimming technique to cut away loose tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured together. Another technique is the wedge procedure that cuts away a pie-shaped piece of tissue and extra folds from the clitoral hood before suturing the tissue closed.
What to Expect with Labiaplasty
You will require about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to abate before returning to work. Dr. Marcos recommends applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to decrease swelling. You cannot use tampons or have sexual activity for 4 – 6 weeks after your treatment. Patients typically have visible improvements in about six weeks with final results closer to six months after surgery. The results of a labiaplasty usually last for a long time, but natural aging, significant weight fluctuations, and childbirth may alter results.
Labiaplasty Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery costs will be based on many factors. During your consultation with Dr. Marcos, he will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your personalized treatment plan. As soon as you've made your choices for your vaginal rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Marcos can estimate your costs. Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest financing.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be short-term numbness in your vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This should dissipate as the vaginal tissue and skin heal. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation corrects the vaginal lips and not the clitoris. A skilled cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Marcos, who has many years of experience performing labiaplasties will work around the clitoris so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Marcos or a member of his team will explain what you should expect after your labiaplasty, plus advice on how to keep yourself comfortable during your recovery. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area along with some discomfort immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. Dr. Marcos will assess your progress during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity and exercise.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can improve small amounts of looseness in your vaginal area. However, vaginal rejuvenation surgery is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape your labia. During your consultation with Dr. Marcos, he can review your options and make recommendations on what will meet your goals.
Labiaplasty Comfortable and Confident
Not every vagina looks exactly alike and a lot of elements may play into the appearance of your outer labia. If you are not comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about a labiaplasty. Talk to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marcos Ikeda about your needs and concerns so he can create your unique labiaplasty surgical plan. Schedule a consultation at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa in Houston, TX to hear more about rejuvenation with a labiaplasty.