What is a Labiaplasty? Vaginal Rejuvenation Explained
At Michigan Cosmetic Surgery, we hear from many women who are interested in vaginal rejuvenation. Often, this is because they experience pain, irritation, or bleeding. In other cases, they feel self-conscious or awkward about the appearance of their vagina, and as a result, experience difficulties achieving sexual intimacy. These women come to us so that they can receive compassionate care from an all-female team, and learn about different vaginal rejuvenation options from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mariam Awada.
One of the primary methods of vaginal rejuvenation is labiaplasty. This procedure alters the vaginal tissue to produce a tighter, more youthful appearance and may increase sexual sensation and pleasure. We invite you to join us at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about the different types of labiaplasty.
What are the Key Benefits of a Labiaplasty?
There are a number of benefits that our patients can expect from their labiaplasty procedure. Some of the most significant benefits include:
- Greater confidence in your physical appearance, particularly in intimate moments or when wearing a bikini or other tight clothing
- Increased comfort when wearing snug-fitting pants or leggings
- An increase in sexual pleasure and arousal, and a decrease in any pain experienced during sexual intimacy
- A decrease in physical pain and irritation, not just during sex but also during activities like jogging or cycling
- Improved health and hygiene, including a lower risk of urinary tract infections
- Correction of an oversized or sagging labia, particularly following pregnancy and childbirth (Ask about getting a labiaplasty as part of your Mommy Makeover.)
In short, vaginal rejuvenation can be a tremendous boost to your self-esteem and the quality of your intimate life.
Is a Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure Right for Me?
If you are struggling with vaginal discomfort, or if you are self-conscious about the appearance of your vagina, then you may be a good candidate for a labiaplasty. The best way to find out about your eligibility is to join us at Michigan Cosmetic Surgery for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mariam Awada.
Types of Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures
There are multiple types of vaginal rejuvenation available. After carefully listening to your needs and concerns, Dr. Mariam Awada can recommend the right treatment.
Labia Minora Reduction
The first option to consider is what is known as labia minora reduction. This is the most common form of labiaplasty, and refers to a reduction in the size of the vagina’s inner lips. If you feel like the inner lips of your vagina extend too far past the outer lips, this is likely the type of vaginal rejuvenation that is right for you.
Labia Majora Reduction
For other patients, it is more appropriate to pursue a labia majora reduction, which decreases the size of the outer lips. Women who have lax or enlarged outer lips may feel “bulky” in their bikini or underwear. A labia majora reduction is often the best way to correct this problem.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
The clitoral hood reduction is a type of vaginal rejuvenation best for women who experience an excess of skin or hooding, along the top of the clitoris. This unnecessary skin, or hood, can be surgically trimmed away, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and preventing that “bulky” feeling.
Labial Fat Grafting
As women age, their skin becomes more lax, resulting in wrinkles and saggy skin. This happens not just to the face, but potentially to the pubic mound, as well. Sometimes, the effects can extend down to the labia majora, making sexual intercourse more difficult. Labial fat grafting offers a long-lasting solution.
Is There a Non-Surgical Option for Labiaplasty?
For nonsurgical vaginal tightening, Dr. Mariam Awada recommends ThermiVa. The procedure uses radiofrequency energy, the same technology that is used in ThermiTight® and ThermiSmooth®. This energy can be sent to the desired treatment area, whether internally or externally, heating the tissue and stimulating the production of collagen. This procedure allows women to reclaim what childbirth or aging may have taken from them, without the need for invasive surgical techniques. Best of all, there are no restrictions following your procedure. In fact, women who have Thermiva are free to have sex the very same day if they so choose.
Vaginal Rejuvenation (Labiaplasty) Procedure Process Explained
The first step in the vaginal rejuvenation process is to join Dr. Mariam Awada for a consultation. During this appointment, the doctor will listen carefully as you explain your needs and goals, and recommend some treatment options that are right for you. She will also assess your overall physical health, ensuring you are a good candidate for surgery.
What Should I Do in Preparation?
During your consultation, Dr. Mariam Awada will provide you with any instructions that will help you prepare for the procedure. For example, you may be advised to discontinue medications that can contribute to bleeding. You will also be advised to cease using any kind of tobacco products in the lead-up to surgery.
How Long Does a Labiaplasty Procedure Take?
The duration of your labiaplasty will depend on the type of labiaplasty you get. As a rule of thumb, you can anticipate a procedure that lasts roughly an hour.
What is it Like During Surgery? Is it Painful?
At Michigan Cosmetic Surgery, your comfort and safety are our top concerns. We do not want you to experience any pain during the labiaplasty procedure. As such, we furnish a range of anesthesia options. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask during your consultation with us.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Recovery?
During the early recovery period, you can expect some swelling as well as some itching. Both of these are very normal side effects of the surgery and will fade over a few days. Most women will feel back to normal within a week or so, but plan on allowing yourself several days to let your body rest and heal.
How Long Before I Can Start Having Sex After My Labiaplasty?
We generally recommend that patients wait about six to eight weeks before engaging in any kind of sexual activity. (It will be worth the wait!)
Before and After
Vaginal rejuvenation can make a world of difference in the way you look, and also in the way you feel. To see some examples of past results, take a look at our gallery.
Other Things to Consider Before Getting a Labiaplasty
Are There Any Risks Involved?
With any surgical procedure, you can anticipate some level of risk. Some of the risks associated with labiaplasty include infection, unwanted reactions to the anesthesia, scarring of the surrounding tissues, and persistent bleeding. A qualified plastic surgeon can significantly minimize these risks. Following the aftercare instructions is also crucial to minimizing risk.
Is it Really Worth It?
Ultimately, this is a decision you have to make for yourself. Still, for the overwhelming majority of our patients, the benefits they receive after vaginal rejuvenation proves to be worth it.
Schedule Your Consultation with the Michigan Cosmetic Surgery Team Today!
Ready to explore your options for vaginal rejuvenation? Schedule a consultation appointment today. Contact Michigan Cosmetic Surgery whenever you are ready to take the next steps. Call us at 248-948-5500.