Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery
Many women come to discover that intimate areas of their body start to change over the years. Some women find that excess skin has developed along their labia minora (inner lips of the vagina) and hangs beyond the labia majora (outer lips of the vagina). Others experience discomfort due to rubbing that occurs when participating in athletic activities, wearing tight clothing, or having sexual intercourse.
If you are embarrassed by the appearance of your labia or you are symptomatic from pressure or irritation, Dr. Friedlander suggests you undergo labiaplasty. Labiaplasty can enhance the look and feel of a woman’s intimate areas to provide physical and emotional comfort.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty (or vaginal rejuvenation) is a surgical procedure that sculpts and shapes the most intimate areas of a woman’s body. This procedure can restore a thinner, more pleasing appearance to the labia with minimal scarring. The enlarged central portion is removed while ensuring that the sensitivity and color are not affected.
Labiaplasty is a popular procedure for many women who are self-conscious about the appearance of their genitalia. Some patients choose this procedure because the thickening of the inner and outer lips makes them visible in tight clothing (camel toe). Others undergo labiaplasty because they feel uncomfortable engaging in sexual activities. Whatever the reason, labiaplasty can enhance your self-esteem as well as the appearance of your genitalia.
Am I a good candidate for Labiaplasty?
Most women who desire surgery want to correct and enhance the appearance of the labia minora. Technically, labiaplasty refers to surgery to improve the inner labia (labia minora). However, you may benefit from surgery of your genitalia if you are experiencing one or more of the following concerns:
- Enlarged or asymmetric labia minora (inner lips)
- Enlarged labia majora (outer lips)
- Atrophied labia majora (outer lips) and mons pubis
- Thinned labia majora (outer lips) and mons pubis
- Droopy or small mons pubis
Candidates interested in labiaplasty should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Dr. Friedlander will review your medical history and perform a complete examination. All postoperative instructions will be reviewed in detail during your consultation.
What are my Labiaplasty options?
Labiaplasty is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with oral sedation. Dr. Friedlander performs two types of labiaplasty surgery that will reduce the redundancy and the bulk of your labia.
- “Trim” Labiaplasty: Reduces the labia by trimming the edges down. It is ideal for women who have a thick or darkly pigmented edge.
- “Wedge” Labiaplasty: Removes a triangular portion from the center of the labia. This is better suited for women with vertical and horizontal excess skin on their labia, such as might exist after massive weight loss. The wedge technique also results in an anatomic alignment of the labia minora.
What about my Mons Pubis and my Labia Majora?
The mons pubis continues downward and forms the outer lips of the vagina (called the labia majora), which are seen just to the side of the labia minora. Labiaplasty addresses changes in the appearance of the labia minora, but the labia majora can be a source of concern as well.
Is your Mons or your Labia Majora too big and too droopy?
An enlarged appearance may be associated with heredity, pregnancy, and aging, but weight change plays a bigger role here. In some cases, the labia may appear as a visible bulge in the crotch area, which limits the selection of attractive and feminine attire and impacts self-esteem and sexual activity. If the problem is associated with an overgrowth of fat, liposuction alone may be sufficient. Other times, the mons or labia majora may need to be trimmed. When the mons pubis hangs low (obstructing the vaginal area, as may be seen after weight loss), a pubic lift needs to be performed. A pubic lift raises the tissue by surgically removing excess skin and fat. It then resuspends the skin to lift the mons and create a more youthful appearance. This is often done during a tummy tuck as well.
Is your Mons or Labia Majora too small?
Atrophy of the mons and labia majora are less common conditions. They may be caused by a loss of estrogen, and are often associated with extreme weight loss. The result is wrinkling, laxity, or deflation of the area, which may become a source of pain during intercourse or other activities and affect your self-esteem. This condition can be improved by restoring the lost fullness with fat grafting. Fat is harvested from areas of natural excess and transferred to the mons and labia to provide more youthful contours and improve appearance and comfort. Fat provides a long-lasting correction. Fillers offer a non-surgical alternative.
What can I expect after Labiaplasty surgery?
There may be mild discomfort, swelling, or even spotting during the first week, but these symptoms are entirely normal. All postoperative instructions will be reviewed in detail before the surgery. You will be asked to apply an antibiotic ointment. You may return to work in one week and resume sexual and athletic activities in four to six weeks or when instructed otherwise by Dr. Friedlander.
What results can I expect?
Labiaplasty can provide you with long-lasting results as well as emotional and physical relief that will improve your vulva and overall quality of life.
Schedule a Labiaplasty Consultation
If you are interested in labiaplasty, please contact Dr. Friedlander by calling her at her Short Hills, NJ, office at (973) 524-7124, or you can schedule a consultation online today to learn more about the procedure.