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Labiaplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery to Reduce or Reshape the Labia) – Beverly Hills, CA

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About Labiaplasty

Although it's not often discussed, several women have concerns about the shape and size of their labia, which can make them feel less confident. To accommodate these feelings, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen wants to help Beverly Hills, CA women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery to normalize the size and shape of the labia. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) may look oversized or have loose skin created by genetics, pregnancy, childbirth, or physical trauma. A labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size of the labia minora and/or majora for a more normal appearance. This could eliminate discomfort and irritation while boosting confidence and sexual pleasure. Schedule a consultation at our esteemed facility in Beverly Hills, CA to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and find out if you are a candidate for the surgery.

Ideal Candidates

A labiaplasty at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills can help many women who are worried about the shape and size of their vaginal area, which can be abnormal due to genetics, childbirth, or trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you often resist wearing certain articles of clothing (including swimsuits, leggings, or yoga pants) due to the size of your vaginal lips. While a labiaplasty should not affect pregnancy, Dr. Katzen suggests you wait until you are done having children to avoid undoing your results.

Surgical Technique

Most procedures for the labia are performed in one of our on-site treatment rooms with the patient under local anesthesia so you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. If the procedure is more extensive, you may require general anesthesia at an accredited facility, which will mean you need a responsible friend or family member to pick you up after your surgery. Dr. Katzen will discuss these options and time estimates during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is generally performed with a trimming technique to cut away loose tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured together. Another technique is the wedge procedure that cuts away a pie-shaped piece of tissue and extra folds from the clitoral hood before suturing the tissue closed.

What to Expect

You will require about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to abate before returning to work. Dr. Katzen recommends applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to decrease swelling. You cannot use tampons or have sexual activity for 4 – 6 weeks after your treatment. Patients typically have visible improvements in about six weeks with final results closer to six months after surgery. The results of a labiaplasty usually last for a long time, but weight fluctuations, natural aging, and childbirth may alter results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you may find that most obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs are qualified to perform labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to remove excess skin from your labia; however, a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Katzen, will consider the aesthetics as well. This is to ensure that any resulting scarring is minimal and that the final symmetry, contour, and color are natural in both appearance and feel.

Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be short-term numbness in your vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is should dissipate as the vaginal tissue and skin heal. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation corrects the vaginal lips and not the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Katzen, who has many years of experience performing labiaplasties will work around the clitoris so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.

What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will tell you what you should expect after your labiaplasty and give you advice about how to keep yourself comfortable during your recovery. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area along with some discomfort immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. Dr. Katzen will assess your progress during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity and exercise.

Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can improve small amounts of looseness in your vaginal area. However, vaginal rejuvenation surgery is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape your labia. During your consultation with Dr. Katzen, he can review your options and make recommendations on what will meet your goals.

Comfortable and Confident

Not every vagina looks exactly alike, and many elements can play into the appearance of your outer labia. If you are not comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about labiaplasty. Talk to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen about your needs, concerns, and goals so he can create your unique plan for vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Schedule a consultation at our Beverly Hills, CA office to learn more about feminine sexual rejuvenation with labiaplasty.

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