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Labiaplasty

The size of labia minora varies greatly among women. Enlarged labia minora are found in a significant proportion of women and don’t cause any harm. However, some woman are dissatisfied with the appearance of their vaginal area, are self conscious regarding how they look in tight clothes and may experience discomfort during intercourse.

Labiaplasty involves surgically trimming the labial tissue and reaproximating it in a cosmetic fashion to allow for smaller, but still natural appearing labia. The scars after the procedure are usually virtually invisible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty

What does the procedure involve?

We do the procedure in the privacy of the office suite. Anesthesiologist administers conscious sedation and the patient sleeps through the procedure that lasts approximately one hour. When the patient wakes up, she goes home with some oral pain medication. We usually recommend not working for a day or two after the procedure. Aside from abstaining from intercourse for 4-6 weeks, you can go back to all other usual activities

Will Labiaplasty Surgery Result In Decrease in Sensation during sex?

If the surgery is done correctly and does not involve scarring around the clitoris and decrease in caliber or scarring around the vagina there should be no changes in sensation. In fact some women report enhancement in their sex lives since they no longer feel self conscious regarding their labia.

Where is the surgery performed?

All surgeries are performed in a specially equipped OR on the premises of our office suite with the assistance of an anesthesiologist.

Should I have a gynecologist or a plastic surgeon perform the procedure?

A gynecologist specializes in the treatment of female genitalia. An average cosmetic surgeon usually doesn’t have the same amount or depth of experience operating on labia and/or vagina. If the procedure is not done properly it can easily lead to scarring and pain during intercourse.

When Can I Return To Work Post Labiaplasty Surgery?

Most patients return to work in two to four days after surgery with restrictions in activities. Restrictions include no heavy lifting, no sports or exercising for about 2 weeks and no intercourse for 4 weeks.

When Can I Resume Sexual Activity Post Labiaplasty Surgery?

Sexual activity usual can resume four to six weeks after the Labiaplasty Surgical procedure.

How many appointments are needed?

Usually one consultation prior to the procedure and one or two postoperative appointments are advised and are included in the total fee of the procedure.

Does the procedure enhance sexual function?

Although some women do report increase in arousal and sensation, Labiaplasty alone does not alter the anatomic location or relationships of the clitotoris and should not affect sexual function.

Will I be able to deliver vaginally post Labiaplasty?

The procedure doesn’t interfere with vaginal childbirth.

What is a hoodectomy?

This is a procedure reserved for women that have a large labial hood or excess of tissue around the clitoris. Every woman with large labia does not need this procedure. However those that do usually report an increase in sensation during sex.

What is the total cost of labiaplasty?

The complete cost of labiaplasty starts at $2800. This includes the surgical services, anesthesia and 1 post-op visit.

HYMEN REPAIR

The loss of virginity involves tearing of the membrane known as the hymen. During the hymen repair this membrane is brought back together. Women desire restoration of their virginity for both cultural and symbolic reasons.

Where is the procedure done?

All surgeries are performed in a specially equipped OR on the premises of our office suite with the assistance of an anesthesiologist.

What type of pain relief is provided?

The procedure can be done with sedation administered by the anesthesiologist or with local injection of anesthesia. Either way almost no discomfort is felt by the patient.

How long is the procedure?

It lasts approximately 45 minutes.

What is the recovery like?

The patient may need to take oral pain medication for a day or two. The discomfort is minimal and she can usually work or do usual activities in a day or two. She heals completely in approximately two weeks.

When can I have intercourse after the procedure?

We advise to refrain from intercourse from 2-4 weeks.

Can anyone tell after the procedure that I’m not a virgin?

If the procedure is done properly even another gynecologist should not be able to tell that the patient had intercourse prior to the repair.

Will it hurt to initiate intercourse?

There may be mild discomfort during the first act of intercourse that usually resolves over the first week or two.

What is the cost of hymen repair?

The cost of hymen repair is $1500 with local anesthesia and $1800 with I/V sedation administered by a licensed anesthesiologist.

VAGINAL REJUVENATION

Sometimes with age, but usually after childbirth women may develop a laxity of their vaginal tissues. Vaginal rejuvenation or perioneraphy involves not just “narrowing” or tightening of the vaginal caliber, but actually rebuilding the vaginal anatomy to what it was prior to childbirth.

Should I have the procedure done by a plastic surgeon or a gynecologist?

Out of all the “cosmetic” vaginal procedures, to be done properly, vaginal rejuvenation takes the most expertise and finesse. Overcorrection could lead to painful intercourse. This is definitely a procedure you want to entrust to an experienced gynecologist.
Where is the procedure performed?

We perform the procedure in a surgical suite adjacent to our office.

What type of pain relief is provided?

The procedure is performed with the aid of a board certified anesthesiologist with IV anesthesia. The patient is kept comfortable in a twilight sleep like state. This type of anesthesia is lighter than conventional anesthesia and usually the patient wakes up a few minutes post surgery and experiences no nausea.

How long does the procedure last?

The procedure last approximately 1.5 to two hours.

What is the recovery like?

We advise patients to take one or two weeks off from work. She usually takes pain medications for a few days. Usually it is best to refrain from exercise for 4 weeks and from intercourse from 4-6 weeks.

What is the follow up like?

Patients are asked to return for two follow up appointments that are included in the fee for the procedure.

Can I deliver vaginally post vaginoplasty?

Although a woman can deliver vaginally, it is difficult to predict whether or not she may need a repeat vaginoplasty. There is an excellent chance that if she is repaired properly post the delivery no further cosmetic procedures are necessary.

What is the cost of vaginoplasty?

The cost of vaginoplasty starts at $3500 and includes surgical services, full anesthesia performed by a board certified anesthesiologist and two post-op visits.

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