Is sex painful? Are you dissatisfied with the way your labia looks? Do you feel pain in your labia when you run, swim or bike? At Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX, we specialize in procedures designed to help our clients for more comfortable and confident. Today, we discuss labiaplasty and if this safe, effective treatment is right for you.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a safe, effective, FDA-approved method for achieving vaginal rejuvenation. It restructures the labia minora and labia majora while improving the size, shape and texture of the vulva. This procedure takes only around 45 minutes to complete and leaves no visible scarring. All incisions fold naturally into the creases of your skin.
One of the great things about this procedure is the sutures used are absorbable. This means you won’t have to come in for a follow-up appointment to have them removed. The recovery time is short, too. You can go back to work in two to three days. However, we recommend taking four or five days off of work to make sure everything is comfortable before you fully resume normal activities.
Is It the Same As Vaginoplasty?
Labiaplasty is not the same as vaginoplasty. Vaginoplasty is designed to tighten a vagina that has become loose as part of childbirth or the natural aging process. This procedure may also lead to a heightened sexual response during intercourse because it allows the vagina to lubricate itself more efficiently and tightens the vaginal canal. The downside to this procedure is it’s best for women who do not plan on having any more children.
Is Clitoral Hood Reduction Right for Me?
If your clitoral hood is so large that sex or masturbation are painful, clitoral hood reduction may be right for you. This procedure removes the excess tissue on top of the clitoris and makes sex more pleasurable. It can also make daily activities, such as walking and running, more comfortable. This safe, effective procedure can be performed in conjunction with labiaplasty. Let us know during your initial consultation if you believe this procedure would improve your quality of life.
Is Mons Pubis Reduction Right for Me?
Mons pubis reduction is right for women who have a “lumpy” mons pubis region. This procedure removes excess skin and fat, streamlining your pelvic region and making it look more aesthetically appealing.
Why Should I Get Labiaplasty?
There are several reasons women decide they need labiaplasty. Here are a few of the most common:
Reduce the Size of the Labia Minora
Reducing the size of the labia minora is one of the most common reasons women feel the need to undergo this vaginal rejuvenation procedure. An abnormally large labia minora can cause pain during sex and exercise, among other physical activities. This is because the labia minora can hang so low that it gets tucked into the vagina during sex. This can even occur when swimming or just wearing underwear and walking to work.
Improve Your Health
One of the most compelling reasons to undergo this procedure is to improve your health. Abnormal or diseased tissue, lumps and bumps can occur on your labia minora. Leaving them can lead to health problems.
This procedure is often performed to improve the symmetry of the sexual organs. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with asymmetry, many women feel happier and more self-confident when their sexual organs are symmetrical. There are several reasons for asymmetrical sexual organs. However, the most common is uneven fat distribution between the labia.
Sometimes, the size, shape and location of your labia mean you can’t wear tight clothing or swimsuits comfortably. No woman should have to limit her wardrobe options because she has an overly large labia.
How Can I Prepare for This Procedure?
Once you have determined that this procedure is right for you, start to plan your recovery. Expect to need at least a week off from work while you recover. In the weeks leading up to your procedure, eat nutrient-dense foods, drink plenty of water and get high-quality sleep. These healthy habits will improve your current health and make your recovery faster.
What Can I Expect During This Procedure?
This is an outpatient procedure, meaning you are free to go home once it’s done. The length of your procedure will depend on the specifics of your treatment plan. Before this procedure starts, you will be administered general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with oral sedation. This will ensure you experience no pain or discomfort during your procedure.
What Do I Need to Do After This Procedure?
After your procedure is complete, you are free to go home. We recommend bringing your favorite pillow, however. This allows you to have the comfort of home with you for your car ride. Also, you need to make sure you have someone to drive you home. While this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, you won’t be able to drive within 24 hours of being under general anesthesia.
For at least the first week or two following your procedure, rest. Arrange for someone to stay with you for at least the first 24 to 72 hours so you don’t have to do anything for yourself. Don’t engage in vigorous exercise for at least the first week after your procedure. Most importantly, do not have sex for the first six weeks following your procedure.
How Can I Recover Faster?
To speed along your recovery process and see results faster, use cold compresses. If you experience any discomfort or itching, hold a witch hazel cooling pad to the area.
It’s important to not shower for 48 hours after your procedure. Once those 48 hours has passed, however, you are free to get back to your usual bathing routine.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
A good candidate for this procedure is a woman looking for a more permanent vaginal solution than injectable or laser treatments can provide.
You Don’t Smoke
The best candidate for this procedure does not consume nicotine in any form. This includes chewing tobacco, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and e-liquid. Nicotine increases your blood pressure and decreases blood flow to your skin. Because blood transports oxygen and essential nutrients to your organs, nicotine use can affect the results of your procedure.
You Are Generally Healthy
It’s important that you are in good general health before you undergo any cosmetic or medical procedure. During your initial consultation, we will review your medical history and assess your current health to determine if you are healthy enough for this procedure.
Among the things we look for when assessing your health are blood diseases, blood pressure issues and active infections. You should also bring a list of all medications and supplements you are taking. Prescription medications that may exclude you from this procedure include anticoagulants and anti-platelet medications.
Over-the-counter medications you should avoid three days before your procedure include NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin. Dietary and herbal supplements that can affect the outcome of your procedure include vitamin E and St. John’s wort.
You Have Realistic Expectations About Results
The only way to ensure your satisfaction with the results of this procedure is to understand what it can and cannot do. Results vary on a case-by-case basis. However, you can reasonably expect a reduction in pain during physical activity, improved symmetry of the labia, more aesthetically appealing proportion of the labia minora relative to the labia majora and increased sexual pleasure.
You’re Done Having Children
There’s nothing inherently wrong with having children after undergoing this procedure. However, pregnancy often leads to weight gain. Weight gain may lead to fat accumulating unevenly amongst your labia, meaning you will once more look asymmetrical.
Other Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures
Perineorrhaphy is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure used to address the vaginal canal stretching after childbirth. It involves bringing the separated connective tissue and muscles at the opening between the recto-vaginal septum. Many women opt for this procedure when their partner notices a drastic reduction in friction during sex after giving birth. This procedure should be performed by a gynecologist rather than a plastic surgeon because plastic surgeons don’t have the deeply intimate knowledge of female-specific anatomy that gynecologists do.
Vaginal tightening is another vaginal rejuvenation procedure that is similar to perineorrhaphy in that it tightens the vagina. In this case, your doctor will use strategically made incisions inside your vagina to sew the connective tissues towards the rear or front of the vagina. The goal of this particular procedure is to make the vaginal canal more uniform. Rather than strengthening the muscles of the vagina, this procedure tightens the skin to make sex more pleasurable for you and your partner. However, it does not enhance your vagina’s ability to self-lubricate.
Alternatives to Labiaplasty
There are several vaginal rejuvenation treatments that claim to be effective alternatives for labiaplasty, but most are more complementary treatments than anything else. However, ThermiVa is actually a good alternative. This groundbreaking non-surgical solution enhances muscle and tissue tightness of the vagina both internally and externally. This is achieved by a chemical process that occurs within your body all the time – collagen.
What Are the Benefits of ThermiVa?
One of the most incredible benefits ThermiVa has to offer is there is absolutely no downtime. You can return to work as soon as your treatment is over. This also means that you can have sex on the same day as your treatment. This treatment truly does it all. It restores vaginal moisture without the side effects that come with hormone therapy. It improves the appearance of your vagina, and it significantly improves vaginal tightness.
What’s the Deal With Collagen?
Collagen is a type of protein that is the building block for healthy skin. It plays several crucial roles, including keeping your skin tight and youthful. However, around the age of 25, our bodies start to produce 1% less collagen each year. This seemingly minuscule drop in production makes a massive difference.
Even worse, even if you have “enough” collagen, it can be old, tired and weak. Therefore, it will not do its job keeping your vaginal skin tight and beautiful. ThermiVa promotes the growth of new, healthy, strong collagen to enhance your vagina’s function, feel and aesthetic.
Improve Your Sexual Health Today
Are you ready to improve the appearance of your labia and finally work out without pain? If you are, labiaplasty may be right for you. To learn more, contact the dedicated health and wellness professionals at Aurora OB-GYN in San Antonio, TX today to schedule your initial consultation. We will help you determine the best vaginal rejuvenation solution for your unique aesthetic and functional needs.