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Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation

Labiaplasty Houston TX

Enlargement of the vaginal labia may be caused by natural aging, childbirth and pregnancy, lifestyle choices, heredity conditions, and other congenital abnormalities. 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, though, plastic surgeons can perform a cosmetic procedure to alleviate these concerns. Labiaplasty – also referred to as vaginal rejuvenation – aims to reduce the size and improve the appearance of the labia. Plastic surgeons achieve this by reshaping or reconstructing the vaginal lips to meet the patient’s aesthetic and functional goals.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo is highly experienced and offers labiaplasty surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. Dr. Arroyo uses his meticulous attention to detail to perform this procedure with the goal of reducing the size of the labia and improving the appearance of the female vagina. The surgeon understands that the needs of different women are unique and goes out of the way to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. More so, Dr. Arroyo utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired labiaplasty goals while minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Who is a Candidate for Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the size of the vaginal labia. Most women considered 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, as well as 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

During your first labiaplasty consultation at Arroyo Plastic Surgery in West Houston, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your vagina, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. Dr. Arroyo undertakes this process using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you (in real-time) what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. The surgeon requires his labiaplasty patients to quit smoking and adhere to other pre-op instructions in the weeks before the surgery. It is also important that you are undergoing this cosmetic treatment strictly for yourself, not because someone else asked you to.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During a labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without nausea or vomiting – and ready to go home to continue with recovery.

Labiaplasty Procedure Approach

Once you have been sedated, Dr. Arroyo will use one of 4 different advanced surgical techniques to reshape the folds of the labia (labia minora and/or labia majora). Depending on the patients anatomy and personalized goals, one of these techniques will be used to remove the excess tissue from the vaginal lips. The surgeon will carefully work to reshape the labia for a youthful, aesthetically pleasing outcome 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 surgical technique is better suited for patients who are looking for a minimal reduction in the size of labia. Plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Arroyo, are trained to utilize modern techniques to make sure that nerves are protected and sexual sensations preserved with cosmetic goals in mind. The surgeon will also preserve the color and contour of the pubic area, resulting in a natural outcome. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure.

Recovery After Labiaplasty

The recovery duration after labiaplasty will vary from one patient to the other depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, as well as each patient’s unique healing ability. It is not uncommon to experience bruising and swelling in the treatment area. The surgeon will provide appropriate medication to increase your comfort level throughout the recovery duration. You will be encouraged to take light walks several times a day in order to improve blood circulation. Most women are able to return to work within 5-7 days. However, you should refrain from strenuous exercises and sexual intercourse for at least a month. It is very important to strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted recovery. 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.

Plan Your Labiaplasty Procedure in Houston, TX

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs labiaplasty in his AAAASF in-office operating room, supported by highly qualified staff. The cost of labiaplasty in Houston, Texas can vary dramatically depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. On average though, Dr. Arroyo’s labiaplasty 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 to be an elective cosmetic procedure (unless considered a medical necessity). During your initial labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

Get the result 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, are able to wear different types of outfits and have no restrictions when it comes to physical activities. Get in touch with Dr. Arroyo’s office today to learn how this procedure can create higher levels of sexual confidence, enhanced pleasure, and improved vaginal aesthetics to suit your needs!

Labiaplasty FAQ

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 sexual insensitivity?

In the past, labiaplasty entailed using an amputation method that had negative effects on sensitivity. Nowadays, though, Dr. Arroyo and many other skilled surgeons use advanced surgical techniques that preserve the nerves in the area – 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.

Non Surgical labiaplasty?

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 reduction of the labia. If you are interested in nonsurgical alternatives, make sure to discuss this with Dr. Arroyo during a consultation visit.

Should I have labiaplasty before or after pregnancy?

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 the outcome of your procedure, making it necessary to have a second labiaplasty.