A variety of factors may cause enlargement of the vaginal labia. For many women, this leads to physical discomfort while engaging in various physical activities, embarrassment during sex, and the inability to wear certain outfits. Fortunately, plastic surgeons can perform cosmetic procedures to alleviate these concerns. Labiaplasty, also referred to as vaginal rejuvenation, aims to reduce the size and improve the appearance of the labia. 

Who is a Candidate for Labiaplasty?

Most women consider this treatment for aesthetic purposes. However, labiaplasty can also be performed to alleviate physical symptoms such as pain and discomfort, difficulties with cleaning and hygiene, and recurrent urinary tract infections. You may be a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health.
  • You are embarrassed about the appearance of misshapen, hanging, or disproportionately large labia minora, particularly during intercourse.
  • You experience discomfort during intercourse.
  • You are dissatisfied with the overall appearance of your vagina.
  • You are looking to refine your feminine contours.
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure.

Your Labiaplasty Procedure

Once you have been sedated, Dr. Arroyo will use an advanced surgical technique to reshape the folds of the labia and remove the excess tissue from the vaginal lips. He will carefully work to reshape the labia in an aesthetically pleasing way while maintaining full functionality. Once the desired outcome has been achieved, absorbable sutures will be used to close the incisions. In some cases, Dr. Arroyo may use a laser to reduce the size of the labia minora. This technique is ideal for patients looking for a minimal reduction. Plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Arroyo, are trained to utilize modern techniques to ensure that nerves are protected and sexual sensations are preserved with cosmetic goals in mind. 

During a labiaplasty procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo uses Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. TIVA is generally considered safer, as it is free from the side effects of general anesthesia. This method also allows patients to breathe on their own during surgery and use fewer intravenous medications. TIVA sedation begins with an oral medication before surgery, followed by an IV. This will keep the patient both comfortable and relaxed through the process. The patient is closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff, with patient safety always being the top concern. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed and ready to go home to recover.

The Results You Desire

Dr. Arroyo aims to provide all his labiaplasty patients with premier care while focusing on a natural, pleasing outcome. The surgeon will craft an individualized treatment plan to correct both the aesthetic and structural components of your labia while reducing the size and refining its contours. Many women who undergo this procedure find that they are more comfortable during intimacy, can wear different types of outfits, and have no restrictions on physical activities. Get in touch with Dr. Arroyo’s office today to learn how labiaplasty at Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery can create higher levels of sexual confidence, enhanced pleasure, and improved vaginal aesthetics to suit your needs.

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Labiaplasty FAQs 

How long is recovery?

Is there a non-surgical option available?

Should I choose a plastic surgeon or an OB/GYN?

Will this treatment cause insensitivity?

Should I have labiaplasty before or after having children?

How much is labiaplasty?

How long is recovery?

The recovery duration after labiaplasty will vary from one patient to another. It is not uncommon to experience bruising and swelling in the treatment area. Dr. Arroyo will provide appropriate medication to keep you comfortable during recovery. You will be encouraged to take light walks several times a day to improve blood circulation. Most women can return to work within 5-7 days. You should refrain from strenuous exercises and sexual intercourse for at least a month. Should you have questions or be concerned about anything during the recovery process, Dr. Arroyo’s office will always be available to provide the support you need.

Is there a non-surgical option available?

Some women consider non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation treatments as an alternative to surgery. While these are available, they can only improve mild vaginal laxity. Surgery is the only way to go if you are looking for a permanent reshaping and reducing the labia. If you are interested in nonsurgical alternatives, make sure to discuss this with Dr. Arroyo during a consultation visit.

Should I choose a plastic surgeon or an OB/GYN?

Many women wonder whether to work with a cosmetic surgeon or an OB/GYN for their vaginal rejuvenation surgery. While many obstetricians and gynecologists can perform labiaplasty, you may be better off choosing a cosmetic surgeon. Here is why: cosmetic surgeons are trained to perform the surgery as needed while also keeping a trained eye on the aesthetic outcome AND preserving nerve sensation. You will likely have a higher chance of obtaining a pleasant, natural-looking result when working with a plastic surgeon.

Will this treatment cause insensitivity?

In the past, labiaplasty entailed using an amputation method that had adverse effects on sensitivity. Nowadays, surgeons use advanced surgical techniques that preserve the area’s nerves and thus sexual sensitivity. While it is common for women to experience some numbness in the treatment area, this improves with recovery. Some women even report increased sensitivity adding to heightened pleasure during sexual intercourse. Make sure to discuss this and any other concerns you may have with Dr. Arroyo during one of your pre-op consultation visits.

Should I have labiaplasty before or after having children?

Dr. Arroyo recommends that you have labiaplasty after you have completed pregnancy and childbirth. However, some women experience significant pain due to enlarged labia. In this case, it may be necessary to undergo this treatment beforehand. Keep in mind that future pregnancies may compromise your procedure’s outcome, making it necessary to have a second labiaplasty.

How much is labiaplasty?

The cost of labiaplasty at Houston's Arroyo Plastic Surgery does vary, though most patients can expect to pay between $2,000 and $6,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover labiaplasty because it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure (unless considered a medical necessity). During your consultation, you will be provided a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

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