Disproportionately large, sagging, or discolored labia minora (the inner skin flaps that protect the opening of the vagina) & the loss of vaginal laxity can affect a woman’s confidence in the bedroom.
Some women are born with large labia, while others find that their labia have become loose and stretched after childbirth or as they age.
Some women find that after childbirth that the vagina laxity is lost, resulting in the stretched tissue and separation of muscles. Deformities of the labia, and loss of vaginal laxity can cause embarrassment, decreased sexual satisfaction, and, in some cases, pain during physical and sexual activities. To tighten the vagina and improve the appearance of the labia, New Orleans aesthetic surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi performs a vaginoplasty/labiaplasty to achieve a more pleasing labia and vaginal appearance.
Women who are considering a labiaplasty & vaginoplasty should consult with Dr. Khoobehi. In the past, before surgeons improved this procedure, the approach was to remove the excess tissue and skin deformity using an amputation method. Today, skilled surgeons, like Dr. Khoobehi, uses an aesthetic reshaping technique so that the labia & vagina are not only reduced in size, but also the nerves are protected in the process so that sexual feeling is not compromised. Dr. Khoobehi will preserve the natural color and contour and create a result that looks visually appealing with minimal to no scarring.
Labiaplasty Surgical Process
The most common approach Dr. Khoobehi takes to perform labiaplasty is to use a device known as Iris Scissors. This fine, advanced surgical tool allows Dr. Khoobehi to reshape the inner folds of the labia. In the process of a labiaplasty, a clean “V” shaped wedge is made to the vaginal lips, and is removed to reduce the size. Dr. Khoobehi will carefully work to reshape and reconstruct the lips so that they meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. Another approach is to use a laser treatment to reduce the labia. This is effective for some patients, but is only recommended in cases where the skin defect is minimal.
Vaginoplasty Surgical Process
Once the amount of tightening to be done is determined, a pie-shape wedge is marked to delineate the extra skin to be removed from inside the vagina. Beneath the skin, the tissues are tightened with strong dissolvable sutures. Once the vaginal canal has been tightened, the mucosal skin is sutured closed. In the process, external skin may protrudes, this can be reduced as well for a aesthetic result. Another approach is to use a laser treatment to tighten the vaginal laxity. This is effective for some patients, but is only recommended in cases where the laxity is minimal.
Labiaplasty/Vaginoplasty typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete, depending on how complex the surgical case is. It is performed under general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center or local anesthesia at Dr. Khoobehi accredited surgical suite and does not require an overnight stay. Women who undergo labia rejuvenation and vaginal reconstruction will need to avoid any activity that may cause swelling and bleeding, such as exercise, sexual activity, douching, and the use of tampons. These activities can be resumed slowly around 4-6 weeks post-op. Women find that the results of this procedure look so natural that their self-confidence and self-image are improved drastically.
The procedure itself can run between $4,500-$7,000. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing Labiaplasty/Vaginoplasty. He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
Obgyn Or Cosmetic Surgeon?
When researching the aesthetic surgery market, patients will find that a large majority of cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Khoobehi, offers labiaplasty/vaginoplasty. While many OB GYNs are capable of performing labiaplasty/vaginoplasty, the procedures are most often considered cosmetic. An OBGYN will be able to surgically remove any excess skin that exists within the labia and tighten the vagina; however, Dr. Khoobehi will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures that scarring is minimal, and that color, contour and symmetry looks and feels natural.
Does It Cause Insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be numbness in the vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regards to sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation affects, for the most part, the vaginal lips only. Sensitivity is served by the clitoris. Dr. Khoobehi specializes in labiaplasty and will work around this area so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
Does It Affect Intercourse?
Labiaplasty/Vaginoplasty, when performed by Dr. Khoobehi, will only improve sexual intercourse. In many cases, this is because the excess skin and the loss of laxity in the vagina may have gotten in the way during sex before will now be removed. The clitoral region will be protected and the sensory nerves preserved so that sexual intercourse is not impacted in a negative way.
Before Or After Pregnancy?
In most cases, it is recommended that women wait to have labiaplasty/vaginoplasty until after all pregnancies are complete. However, if having enlarged labia is bothersome and causes physical symptoms and emotional hardship, then this surgery can be performed before a planned pregnancy. If the results of the surgery are compromised due to a post-surgical pregnancy, a second surgery can be discussed.