Childbirth, menopause, and genetics can all take a toll on the structure, appearance, and function of your genital area.
At Marina OB/GYN, cosmetic gynecologist Dr. Jamie Lipeles uses labiaplasty and other cosmetic procedures to help women in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California, reclaim comfort and confidence in the appearance of their genitals.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that sculpts the “lips” or labia minora and labia majora, around the vaginal opening. It is primarily done as a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the labia and removes excess or sagging skin.
A labiaplasty changes the size and shape of the labia, especially the labia minora, to improve the appearance and comfort of the outermost part of the genital area. Labiaplasty surgery corrects a variety of aesthetics concerns that hinder a woman's sensuality and quality of life. For example, the surgery may restructure the outer portion of the female genitalia to make enlarged or protruding vaginal lips smaller that have become larger due to aging, pregnancy, development during puberty, injury, and other causes. This enables female patients to have a vaginal appearance that is compatible with their unique aesthetic preferences.
Improving the look of the labia helps patients gain confidence and reduce discomfort or embarrassment regarding labia size and appearance. The procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with vaginal rejuvenation procedures such as vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening) dependent on the patient’s particular needs. Depending on your goals, Dr. Lipeles may use different surgical techniques to produce the desired aesthetic results.
Women that are genuinely concerned with the appearance of their labia may be candidates for this cosmetic surgery. There are numerous reasons you might consider a labiaplasty. Examples include:
The surgery is tailored to each patient’s individual needs. At Marina OB/GYN, we understand that every woman is unique. Taking a personalized approach to such a delicate surgery is one way we provide a great cosmetic result for our patients. Our surgeon can perform other cosmetic gynecologic procedures in addition to a labiaplasty to achieve the desired results. No matter your personal preferences, we can help.
Labiaplasty is best for women that are sincerely bothered by the labia’s appearance in adulthood. It is possible to have labiaplasty before or after bearing children. Many women seek labiaplasty after giving birth due to changes to the outermost vaginal structure that results from pregnancy. If you plan to have more children, it may be best to wait until after you have finished bearing children to ensure a long-lasting result. However, many women are not comfortable with the labia’s appearance whether or not they have had children. We treat women from all paths in life that would like to improve the look of the genitalia for personal and cosmetic reasons.
A labiaplasty takes about 1-2 hours in the operating room. During the procedure, our qualified surgeon will carefully restructure or trim away the excess labia according to your unique preferences, as discussed during the consultation. It is our goal to ensure the surgery matches the patient’s expected outcome.
Patients undergo general anesthesia so there is no pain during the procedure. After waking in our comfortable recovery room with a nurse by your side, most patients feel ready to return home about one hour after the procedure. A friend or family member should be present to drive you home as anesthesia renders the patient groggy for up to 24 hours. The results of the surgery are immediate, but it takes time to see the final results due to the initial swelling that is present. Bandages may also be used to keep the site clean and protected initially. Dr. Lipeles will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. It is important to follow pre-and post-operative instructions as they are intended to optimize the safety and efficacy of the procedure. Follow-up appointment(s) aims to monitor your healing as well.
After the procedure, you may experience bruising, tenderness, or swelling and should take a week off from work and other everyday activities, including sexual intercourse.
In the first two to three days, it is normal for the pain to peak and then gradually subside. Your provider helps you manage pain and sensitivity using medications or ice treatment. Prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be provided to ease the initial discomfort. The average labiaplasty downtime is up to six weeks. While patients may begin walking the same day as the procedure, it is best to exercise caution during the first few weeks. Physically demanding activities such as active careers or intensive fitness programs should be limited or avoided during this time. Drinking plenty of water, eating healthy, avoiding nicotine products, and resting is crucial to a good recovery.
Results are usually permanent, and Dr. Lipeles can enhance the benefits of a labiaplasty with other cosmetic treatments. Many women experience dramatic and long-lasting results when they combine a labiaplasty with the MonaLisa Touch®, which is a laser therapy that rejuvenates vaginal tissue, also known as laser vaginal rejuvenation.
While the labiaplasty before and after results are considered permanent, some changes may occur as a part of aging or hormonal changes that may develop over the years. For example, future pregnancy may change the appearance of the labia. For the most part, however, the surgery is permanent and the labia are unlikely to grow significantly larger later in adulthood.
Should I Consider Other Cosmetic Gynecology Procedures?
Your provider is skilled in numerous cosmetic gynecology procedures. A clitoral hood reduction to remove extra skin compliments a labiaplasty. Fat grafting can help make the labia appear younger. Posterior repair tightens the vagina, and perineum repair fixes scarring from childbirth.
During an office visit, Dr. Lipeles goes over your medical history and completes a comprehensive exam. He helps you determine which type of cosmetic gynecology procedures best match your needs. Modern science enables surgeons to achieve a variety of cosmetic and functional outcomes based on your preferences. As it is a highly individualized procedure, he listens carefully to each woman’s aesthetic concerns without judgment in order to design a surgical plan that accomplishes your goals. There is no pressure to pursue additional cosmetic procedures that do not align with your goals. Working together enables you and Dr. Lipeles to create a tailored surgical plan that is right for you. Our mission is to help women improve their quality of life with aesthetic surgery. To discuss labiaplasty with a provider at Marina OB/GYN, call the office or book an appointment using the easy online scheduling system. We look forward to meeting you.