Vaginal rejuvenation surgery, also known medically as labiaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that restores the shape of the vaginal lips. There are some women born with asymmetrical vaginal lips, or experience hanging skin in this area after pregnancy or a significant weight loss. Labiaplasty is not all about cosmetic appearances. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® can correct an enlarged or asymmetrical labia that causes chronic irritation, infections, or discomfort during sexual intercourse. Our compassionate medical team will provide completely private consultation. Women, who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia, should not feel nervous or afraid to turn to a plastic surgeon, especially with our caring plastic surgeon, Dr. Mata. In fact, they may find comfort in knowing that labia rejuvenation is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic surgeries in the United States today.
Women who are considering labiaplasty should consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. In the past, before surgeons improved this procedure, the approach was to remove the excess tissue and skin deformity using an imputation method. Today, skilled surgeons use aesthetic reshaping techniques so that the labia are not only reduced in size, but also the nerves are protected in the process so that sexual feeling is not compromised. A surgeon with experience will preserve the natural color and contour and create a result that looks visually appealing with minimal to no scarring.
The most common approach surgeons take to perform labiaplasty is to use a device known as Iris Scissors. This fine, advanced surgical tool allows the surgeon to reshape the inner folds of the labia. In the process, a clean “V” shaped wedge is made to the vaginal lips and is removed to reduce the size. The surgeon will carefully work to reshape and reconstruct the lips so that they meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. Another approach is to use laser treatment to reduce the labia. This is effective for some patients but is only recommended in cases where the skin defect is minimal.
When researching the aesthetic surgery market, most patients will find that a large majority of cosmetic surgeons offer labiaplasty. While many OBGYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OBGYN will be able to surgically remove any excess that exists within the labia; however, a cosmetic surgeon will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures that scarring is minimal, and that color, contour, and symmetry look and feel natural.
As with any surgery, there may be numbness in the vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regards to sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation effects, for the most part, the vaginal lips only. Sensitivity is served by the clitoris. A skilled cosmetic surgeon that specializes in labiaplasty will work around this area so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
Labiaplasty, when performed by a skilled surgeon, will only improve sexual intercourse. In many cases, this is because the excess skin and tissue that may have gotten in the way during sex before will now be removed. The clitoral region will be protected and the sensory nerves preserved so that sexual intercourse is not impacted in a negative way.
In most cases, it is recommended that women wait to have labia rejuvenation until after all pregnancies are complete. However, if having enlarged labia is bothersome and causes physical symptoms and emotional hardship, then this surgery can most definitely be performed before a planned pregnancy. If the results of the surgery are compromised due to a post-surgical pregnancy, a second surgery may be discussed.