While it’s often not discussed openly, many women worry about the appearance of their vaginal lips, which may cause them to be less confident. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan can help Portland, OR women feel more attractive and comfortable with surgical vaginal rejuvenation (labiaplasty) that corrects the shape and size of the labia. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can look stretched or have hanging skin due to genetics, natural aging, childbirth, pregnancy, or an injury. A labiaplasty surgically decreases the size of the labia majora and/or minora to create an improved look. This may diminish irritation and discomfort while increasing sexual pleasure and confidence. Come in for a consultation at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR to learn more about labiaplasty and see if you may be a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
Surgery for the labia at Après Plastic Surgery can be beneficial for Portland, OR women who are self-conscious about the shape or size of their labia, which can be enlarged because of childbirth, genetics, or a physical trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities, like sex and exercise. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation can also be beneficial if you avoid wearing certain clothing (like leggings, swimsuits, or tight pants) because of the appearance of your labia. While labia surgery shouldn’t impact your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Aghayan recommends you wait until you are done having children to prevent altering your results.
Many labiaplasty procedures can be completed in our office with local anesthetic so you may drive yourself to and from our office. If your treatment plan is more complex, you may need to be put under general anesthesia at a surgical facility so you will need to have a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure. Dr. Aghayan will talk about your treatment plan and more during your consultation so you may make arrangements, if needed, prior to your appointment. A labiaplasty is most often done with the trim technique that removes excess tissue, then the remaining skin is stitched so it is taut. Also available is the wedge technique that removes a triangular area of skin and excess folds from the clitoris before stitching the remaining tissue closed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will need around one week to heal following your labiaplasty to allow discomfort and swelling to fade away before returning to normal activities. Dr. Aghayan suggests applying a cold compress or ice pack, if needed, to reduce inflammation. You are not allowed to have sexual activity or use tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks following your surgery. Patients usually see visible results around six weeks and final results around six months following the procedure. The improvements of vaginal rejuvenation are long-lasting; however, childbirth, weight fluctuations, and natural aging can impact your result.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
The total cost of your labiaplasty will be dependent on several factors. In your initial consultation with Dr. Aghayan, he will listen to your needs and wants before developing your custom surgical plan. Once you have decided on your options for your vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Aghayan or Dr. Lewis can start to estimate your costs. Après Plastic Surgery takes several payments and we can give you information on low-interest medical financing.
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
As you research surgical vaginal rejuvenation, you will discover that a large majority of OB/GYNs (obstetricians and gynecologists) perform labiaplasty. Although most OB/GYNs are capable of performing a labiaplasty, they may not be your best choice. An OB/GYN can surgically remove loose skin from your vaginal lips, but plastic surgeons, like Dr. Aghayan will focus on other aspects as well. They will ensure minimal scarring and that your final symmetry, color, and contour all look and feel natural.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
Like most surgeries, you may have some numbness in the treated area for a while. This is temporary as your skin and vaginal lips recover. For those concerned about sexual sensitivity, it’s important to realize that a labiaplasty addresses the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Aghayan with years of training and experience in vaginal rejuvenation surgery, will avoid the clitoris to prevent desensitizing the area.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Aghayan or someone on their team will go over what to expect following your labiaplasty and tips to make your recovery more comfortable. You should expect some swelling and bruising in the treated areas, plus a certain amount of discomfort right after your procedure. You need to stay home for at least a week before resuming non-strenuous activities. Dr. Aghayan will evaluate your healing at your check-up appointments and tell you when you can resume sexual activity.
COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT
Every vagina is not identical and many factors can affect the appearance of the outer labia. If you don’t feel confident or comfortable because of the shape and size of your labia, find out more information about vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Talk to plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan about your concerns and goals so they can develop your personal treatment plan for a labiaplasty. Schedule an appointment at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR to hear more about a labiaplasty for vaginal rejuvenation.