what is Labiaplasty?
Although it isn't discussed a lot, many women have concerns about the size and shape of their labia, which can make them feel self-conscious about their body. Plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi can help women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery at our office in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can look stretched or have loose skin created by genetics, pregnancy, childbirth, or physical trauma. A labiaplasty surgically decreases the size of the labia minora and/or majora to create a more natural appearance. This could diminish irritation and discomfort while increasing sexual pleasure and confidence. Come in for a consultation at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and how it can restore your figure.
"Life Changing Labiaplasty - Fairfax, VA - I decided to have a labiaplasty after many years of debating about it. My experience in the office was wonderful. They give you numbing cream to put on before they inject anything. This stuff really works! I didnt feel anything. The procedure only took about an hour and his lovely PA Louisa is awesome at making you feel very comfortable. After he was finished I went home and rested. Best advice I could give is take about 2 days to rest and keep ice on the area. This will significantly decrease the swelling. Keep up on your pain meds too, don't get behind. Also, get flushable wipes and use those instead of toilet paper. It will help keep the area much cleaner and you have nothing sticking to you. By day 3 I was taking motrin. By day 5 I wasn't taking anything. The worst part I would say was day one when I got behind in pain meds and then after that a week later it got itchy. Benedryl works great at night to help the itching. I am now almost 4 weeks out and all of my stitches are gone and it has healed so well. It looks amazing! I can't thank Dr Mesbahi enough for his beautiful work."- A. / RealSelf / Jun 27, 2016
What are the benefits of labiaplasty?
Loose skin or stretched-out labia tissue can cause physical discomfort and make women feel self-conscious during sexual intercourse with a partner. It can even cause problems with sanitation or irritation if the tissue rubs together while walking, exercising, or wearing tight pants. A labiaplasty can remove that extra tissue — so the area appears more natural. This could also lead to an improvement in self-confidence and comfort.
who is a Candidate for labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery can be beneficial for women who are concerned about the appearance of their labia, which can be enlarged due to childbirth, genetics, or trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you don't wear tight clothing (such as leggings, yoga pants, or bathing suits) because of the appearance of your vaginal lips. While labia surgery shouldn't affect your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Mesbahi recommends that you wait until you are done having children to avoid reversing your results.
Depending on the severity of skin laxity, labiaplasty is either performed under local or general anesthesia. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mesbahi can assess your condition and determine which sedation method will be used for your procedure so you can arrange for someone to take you home afterward, if needed. During your surgery, Dr. Mesbahi will use various techniques to remove excess tissue and reshape the labia to achieve a taut and natural appearance. The procedure generally takes about 30 minutes to complete.
after your surgery
After your labiaplasty, you will experience mild swelling and discomfort, but these sensations are normal and should dissipate in about a week. Dr. Mesbahi generally suggests that patients gently apply an ice pack or cold compress if needed to help minimize inflammation. You should also refrain from engaging in sexual activity and stop using tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks to enable optimal healing. Patients typically notice visible improvements in about six weeks and final results about six months after their procedure. The results of a labiaplasty are usually long-lasting; however, weight fluctuations, natural aging, and childbirth may impact your outcome.
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching surgical vaginal rejuvenation, you will find that many obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) offer labiaplasty. Although most OB/GYNs are qualified to perform labia rejuvenation, they may not be your best choice. An OB/GYN can remove loose skin from your vaginal lips; however, a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Mesbahi, will consider the aesthetics as well. He will ensure minimal scarring and that the final color, symmetry, and contour are natural-looking.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
Like most surgeries, you may have short-term numbness in the treated area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as your skin and tissue recover. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it's important to understand that a labiaplasty corrects the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Mesbahi, who has many years of experience in labiaplasties will avoid the clitoris so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Prior to your surgery, Dr. Mesbahi or someone on our team will discuss what to expect following your labiaplasty, plus suggestions to speed your recovery. You will have some swelling and bruising in your vaginal area along with a certain amount of discomfort right after your surgery. You should plan to stay home for at least 5 – 7 days before resuming non-strenuous activities. Dr. Mesbahi will assess your progress in your check-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume exercise and sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can improve mild to moderate 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. Mesbahi, he will review your options and make recommendations on what will meet your needs and goals.
Comfortable and Confident
If you don't feel comfortable or confident because of the shape and size of your vaginal lips, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to learn more. Dr. Mesbahi will be happy to sit down with you to discuss how a labiaplasty can help restore your natural curves so you can feel confident and beautiful. We look forward to serving you and helping you regain a tight, youthful shape.