Labiaplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery to Reduce or Reshape the Labia) – Santa Rosa, CA

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About Labiaplasty

While it is not discussed openly, several women worry about the appearance of their vaginal lips, which may cause them to be less confident. Plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas can help Santa Rosa, CA women feel more attractive and comfortable with surgical vaginal rejuvenation that improves the shape and size of the labia. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can look oversized or have hanging skin created by genetics, childbirth, pregnancy, or an injury. A labiaplasty surgically decreases the size of the labia majora and/or minora to create an improved look. This may eliminate irritation and discomfort while boosting sexual pleasure and confidence. Come in for a consult at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to hear more about labiaplasty and see if you may be a candidate for the surgery.

Ideal Candidates

Surgery for the labia at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa can be beneficial for Santa Rosa, CA women who are worried about the appearance of their vaginal area, which can be enlarged because of childbirth, genetics, or a physical trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities, like sex and exercise. Labiaplasty can also be beneficial if you can't wear revealing outfits (including leggings, bathing suits, or yoga pants) because of the appearance of your vaginal lips. While labia surgery shouldn't impact your ability to get pregnant, our plastic surgeons suggest you wait until you are done childbearing to prevent undoing your results.

Surgical Technique

Many procedures for the labia can be completed in our on-site procedure room with a local anesthetic so you may drive yourself to and from our office. If your treatment plan is more complex, you may need to be put under general anesthesia at a nearby surgical facility so you will need to have a responsible friend or family member drive you home following your procedure. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can talk about your treatment plan and more at your consultation so you may make arrangements, if needed, prior to your appointment. A labiaplasty is generally done with the trim technique to cut away loose tissue, then the remaining skin is stitched so it is taut. Also available is the wedge technique that cuts away a triangular area of skin and excess folds from the clitoris before stitching the tissue closed.

What to Expect

You will require around one week to heal following your labiaplasty to allow discomfort and swelling to fade away before returning to normal activities. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas suggests applying a cold compress or ice pack if needed to decrease inflammation. You cannot have sexual activity or use tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks following your treatment. Patients typically have visible results in around six weeks and final results closer to six months following the procedure. The improvements of vaginal rejuvenation usually last for a long time; however, natural aging, significant weight fluctuations, and childbirth can impact your result.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a labiaplasty cost?
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery costs will be based on several factors. In your initial consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, they will understand your needs and wants before developing your personalized surgical plan. As soon as you have made your choices for your vaginal rejuvenation surgery, we can start to estimate your costs. Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa takes several payments, and we can give you information on low-interest financing.

Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
As you research surgical vaginal rejuvenation, you will discover that most OB/GYNs (obstetricians and gynecologists) perform labiaplasty. Although most OB/GYNs are qualified to perform a labiaplasty, they may not be your best choice. An OB/GYN can remove loose skin from your vaginal lips, but a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, will focus on other aspects as well. They will ensure minimal scarring, and your final color, contour, and symmetry are natural in both appearance and feeling.

Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
Like most surgeries, you may have short-term numbness in the treated area for a while. This should dissipate as your vaginal tissue and skin recover. For those concerned about sexual sensitivity, it's important to realize that a labiaplasty corrects the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, with years of training and experience in labiaplasties will avoid the clitoris to prevent desensitizing the area.

What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Prior to your procedure, we will explain what you should expect following your labiaplasty, plus advice on how to keep yourself comfortable during your recovery. You should expect some swelling and bruising in the treated areas, plus a certain amount of discomfort right after your procedure. You need to stay home for at least a week before resuming nonstrenuous activities. We will evaluate your progress in your check-up appointments and tell you when you can resume sexual activity and exercise.

Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments are available, which may improve small amounts of vaginal laxity. However, vaginal rejuvenation surgery is better for dramatic improvements to reshape and tighten your labia. In your initial consultation, we will review your surgical and nonsurgical treatment options and give you suggestions on what will meet your goals.

Comfortable and Confident

Every vagina is not identical and many elements can affect the appearance of the outer labia. If you are not confident or comfortable because of the shape and size of your labia, find out more information about vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Talk to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas about your needs and concerns so they can develop your unique labiaplasty surgical plan. Schedule an appointment at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to hear more about rejuvenation with a labiaplasty.

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