Women looking for vaginal rejuvenation to address the appearance of their labia often choose labiaplasty at the Main Line Institute of Plastic Surgery. If you are interested in labiaplasty in Philadelphia, consider experienced double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Hoffman.
There are many factors that have led to the high demand in improving the appearance of the vaginal region. These factors range from genetics to motherhood to weight loss to a sharp increase in media visibility. The upkeep of this area is no longer a taboo subject — it is now the norm.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Vaginal rejuvenation is the name for a group of procedures than can be done to improve on the appearance of the female genitalia. A labiaplasty is the most common of those procedures and reduces the labia minora or the inner lips of the vagina.
The procedures are done for cosmetic reasons, as well as for improvement of irritation and sexual discomfort. There have also been claims of increased sexual satisfaction after the procedure. The procedures are mostly done to improve the appearance and functionality of the female pubic area.
Depending on the patient’s wishes or concerns, any of the following surgeries can be done alone or in combination:
- Rejuvenation or reduction of the labia minora
- Reduction or enhancement of the labia majora
- Removal of clitoral hooding and/or abnormal connections
- Volume injections with fat grafting or fillers
Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
The best candidates for labiaplasty surgery are patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia. This can include issues with symmetry, coloration, thickness, and length.
Ideal candidates are in overall good mental and physical health and do not smoke. Good candidates also have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure.
I am so happy with the results!
I had a labiaplasty done by Dr. Hoffman, and I am so happy with the results! I was self conscious about the size of my labia and had discussed it with my OB. My OB offered to do the procedure for me, but she used general anesthesia and had only done a few in her career. After talking to Dr. Hoffman about it, I felt confident that he was the right person to do the procedure for me. He was very knowledgable about the procedure and explained it in detail to me including his specific technique which is ultimately why I chose him. It was a great experience having this procedure done in his beautiful office. Dr. Hoffman and Bridget had great bedside manner and made me feel so comfortable. I highly recommend him and his staff!
– Labiaplasty Patient
Can Labiaplasty Be Done While I Am Awake?
For most patients, labiaplasty can be done under local anesthesia with a mild sedative. You are awake but not aware of the procedure, and the area is numbed to any pain. The discomfort of the procedure is generally well tolerated.
The Vaginal Rejuvenation Recovery Process
One of Dr. Ryan Hoffman’s goals is to ensure a safe and quick recovery. As with any surgical procedure, there can be risks, but the team at Main Line Institute of Plastic Surgery values patient trust and satisfaction. An in-depth consultation with Dr. Ryan Hoffman is always the first step in the vaginal rejuvenation process to determine what is the first steps to take for vaginal rejuvenation.
There are non-invasive procedures that use radiofrequency or lasers that help with tightening the vaginal mucosa. There is subsequent discomfort via bruising, which may take a few days to resolve. When surgery is required to remove or rearrange tissue, 2-3 days of recovery is typical. Any normal exercise routine can be resumed in three weeks, and sexual activity should wait until after six weeks from the time of surgery.
Possible side effects include scarring, bleeding, or infection. While rare, these side effects only reinforce the importance of choosing your surgeon carefully.
How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost?
*Because there are many variations in vaginal rejuvenation techniques, the exact price for your surgery will vary. Labiaplasty cost depends on technique, anesthesia, amount of tissue removed, length of time required to perform the procedure, and other factors.
Although these are mostly considered elective/cosmetic procedures, when there is significant or redundant chafing or pinching of excess tissue, some insurance companies may cover a portion of the costs and consider it partial reconstructive surgery. Additionally, financing may be available through CareCredit or Alphaeon.
Question: Will a New Sexual Partner Be Able to Tell I’ve Had Labia Majora Reduction?
Answer: There are a few ways to adjust the labia majora. One is direct excision of the excess tissue. This scar usually is on the junction between the labia minora and majora. Most of the time the scar is very faint and heals well but if someone is really looking for it, it can be found. A second option is to fill the labial majora with fat grafting. There would be no scars associated with this option. Finally, a combination of the two procedures could be done to improve the labia majora. A scar would be made in this case as well.
Question: Four Weeks After Revision Labiaplasty, Will It Be OK to Have Sexual Intercourse?
Answer: In general, four weeks is okay for sexual intercourse after a labiaplasty. When there are wound-healing issues or infections, the time clock gets pushed back until the wounds are closed. Once the wounds have been allowed to heal for a month then sexual intercourse is okay. As always, it is best to check with your surgeon.