Although it isn't talked about a lot, some women have concerns about the size and shape of their labia, which can make them feel less confident. Plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas want to help Novato, CA women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery to normalize the size and shape of the labia. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) may look larger or have loose skin caused by natural aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or a physical trauma. A labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size of the labia minora and/or majora for a more normal appearance. This could minimize discomfort and irritation while raising confidence and sexual pleasure. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Novato, CA to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and find out if you are a candidate.
"Labiaplasty changed my life - Dr. Furnas' labiaplasty changed my life. I never thought I'd feel confident sexually, and now I do. The entire staff is sweet, welcoming, and accommodating. I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon."- H. / RealSelf / Feb 06, 2017
"Labiaplasty Changed my Life - Santa Rosa, CA - Dr. Furnas was wonderful. I highly recommend her."- H.G. / RealSelf / Jul 15, 2015
A labiaplasty at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato may be helpful for Novato, CA women who are concerned about the shape and size of their vagina lips, which can be abnormal due to genetics, childbirth, or trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you wear tight clothes (such as swimsuits, leggings, or yoga pants) because of the size of your vaginal area. While a labiaplasty should not affect pregnancy, Dr. Canales advises you wait until you are done having children to avoid changing your results.
Most vaginal rejuvenation treatments are performed in our procedure room under local anesthesia so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. If the procedure is more extensive, you may require general anesthesia at an accredited facility, which will mean you need a responsible person to pick you up after your surgery. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will discuss these options and time estimates during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is typically performed with a trimming technique to remove extra tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured together. Another technique is the wedge procedure to remove a pie-shaped piece of tissue and extra folds from the clitoral hood before suturing the skin closed.
What to Expect
You should take about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to abate before returning to work. We recommend applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to minimize swelling. You should not use tampons or engage in sexual activity for 4 – 6 weeks after your procedure. Patients generally notice visible improvements in about six weeks with final results about six months after surgery. The results of a labiaplasty are usually long-lasting, but weight fluctuations, natural aging, and childbirth may alter results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
Your labiaplasty cost will depend on many factors. During your consultation, we will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your unique treatment plan. When you've finalized your labiaplasty options, we can estimate your costs. Plastic Surgery Associates Novato accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest financing.
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you may find that many obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs can perform labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to remove excess skin from your labia; however, a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures scarring is minimal and that the final symmetry, contour, and color are natural looking.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be decreased sensitivity in your vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is usually temporary as the skin and tissue heal. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation shapes the vaginal lips and not the clitoris. Skilled plastic surgeons, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, who have many years of experience performing cosmetic vaginal surgery will work around the clitoris so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will discuss what you can expect after your labiaplasty, as well as suggestions to speed your recovery. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area along with some discomfort immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. We will assess your recovery during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume exercise and sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can improve mild looseness in your vaginal area. However, a labiaplasty is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape your labia. During your consultation, we can explain your options and make recommendations as to what will best fit your goals.
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Comfortable and Confident
Not every vagina looks exactly alike and a lot of variables may play into the appearance of your outer labia. If you do not feel comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about a labiaplasty. Talk to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas about your needs, concerns, and goals so they can create your custom plan for vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Novato, CA to hear more about vaginal rejuvenation with a labiaplasty.