Dr. Semira Bayati offers a variety of treatment options to effectively address both cosmetic and functional issues in the vaginal area. Women who experience conditions such as an enlarged or asymmetrical labia often suffer through discomfort, self-consciousness, or concern that treatments to improve these conditions may result in reduced sexual sensation. Our board-certified plastic surgeon utilizes advanced techniques to help you meet your needs without harming surrounding tissues.
With tight yoga pants and certain types of exercise gear that are trendy these days, the prominent labia is often more noticeable than ever before – and more women are seeking treatment to have the condition addressed. Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation procedures can beautifully recontour and renew labial areas, addressing concerns that may be having a significant effect on your daily life. Although many women find it difficult to talk about, the fact is that an enlarged or elongated labia is an extremely common condition. An enlarged labia can cause women to feel very self-conscious about wearing certain types of clothing that make the condition noticeable. It can also cause discomfort during sexual intercourse, exercising, and other activities, as well as general irritation, tenderness, and chafing. Labiaplasty can be performed to reshape the labia and reduce its effects on your comfort and your self-esteem. Our advanced vaginal rejuvenation options can enhance both function and appearance with long-lasting results.
Vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty can address a number of aesthetic and functional conditions affecting the genitals. During your initial consultation, Dr. Bayati will talk with you about your needs and goals and discuss all of your options.
Some of the more common techniques include:
Labia Majora Reduction
This treatment focuses on minimizing excess tissue that can form on the outer lips of the genitalia.
Labia Minora Reduction
This form of labiaplasty surgically removes excess tissue affecting the inner lips of the vulva, followed by reshaping of the remaining tissue.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
Excess skin that hangs over the clitoris can be effectively trimmed during a clitoral hood reduction. This option can be combined with other labiaplasty techniques when necessary.
Volumization with Fat Grafting or Injectable Dermal Fillers
In some cases, fat grafting (also known as fat injections) can be effective for enhancing volume in the labia majora and minimizing an elongated appearance in the labia minora. Fat grafting involves the harvesting of excess fat cells from one area of the body for injection into the area targeted for rejuvenation. This technique offers the ability to rejuvenate the labial region. Injectable dermal fillers can also be utilized for volumization; however, the effects only last a period of months and will need to be repeated periodically to maintain results.
In some cases, women experience an overstretched vaginal opening due to delivering large babies or because of multiple deliveries. If necessary, vaginoplasty can often be performed at the time of the initial labiaplasty procedure to tighten the vaginal opening utilizing either a wedge resection or surgical repair technique.
Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis. However, in some cases the operation can be completed in office under local anesthesia in as little as an hour. Whether this is an option is determined by the degree of correction desired and the individual’s needs. Dr. Bayati will make every effort to ensure any residual scarring is as unnoticeable and easily hidden as possible. Surgical treatments will often require a couple of days to rest following the procedure. Patients should refrain from vigorous exercise for at least three weeks after surgery, and sexual activity will need to be avoided for at least six weeks, depending on your comfort.
Who should be performing your labiaplasty?
We highly encourage you to research methods and professionals in this expanding field. It’s very important to look for skilled and well-credentialed plastic surgeons who have experience with this procedure and who are attentive to your questions and concerns.
While your obstetrician or gynecologist might be the first person you think of to perform this surgery, they are not qualified in the same way that a plastic surgeon is. For such a sensitive area on the body, you want to select a professional who has training and experience in advanced labiaplasty and plastic surgery techniques. Read more about Dr. Bayati’s education and professional philosophy or contact the office with any questions about her credentials.
What can I expect on the consultation day?
During your consultation, Dr. Bayati will perform a comprehensive examination and discuss your goals. She encourages you to ask as many questions as you need. Feeling confident in Dr. Bayati’s skills and training is also important. She will be happy to talk with you about her credentials and experience, and she will go over all of your options in detail to help you determine the best possible treatment for your needs.
What is the recovery process after this procedure?
Surgical treatments on average require a few days of rest after the procedure. As to be expected, the treatment area can be tender and slightly swollen and will take some time to heal. Dr. Bayati can prescribe medication to help you manage any pain and discomfort during your recovery. You should not participate in any strenuous physical activity for a minimum of three weeks and also avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing during this period if possible.
How soon after surgery can I have sex or use tampons?
Labiaplasty procedures typically require a few days of rest once completed. The treatment area will likely be sensitive and swollen after the procedure. It is recommended to abstain from sexual activity and from using tampons for at least six weeks, depending on your comfort level.
What kind of payment options do you offer?
While Dr. Bayati is competitively priced in this area, she understands the need for many patients to have options when it comes to bringing treatment into their budgets. Our practice accepts a number of different payment methods, and we work with CareCredit®, a reputable health care financing company that offers low-interest and no-interest monthly payment plans to qualified applicants. Please contact our office with any questions.
Can I achieve the same effects of this procedure without surgery?
There are many beauty products that claim to tighten or shrink the lips of the female genitalia. However, Dr. Bayati believes that many of these products give individuals false hope for significant results. A labiaplasty procedure performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon is typically the most effective way to attain optimal results.
Will I need vaginoplasty in addition to labiaplasty?
Vaginoplasty is a common “add on” surgery, especially for women who have delivered multiple babies or a very large baby. A vaginoplasty is designed to tighten the vaginal walls and muscles, while also addressing concerns with the vaginal canal. Once Dr. Bayati has completed the examination, she will talk with you about whether this procedure is an ideal option for your needs. If so, vaginoplasty can often be performed in combination with labiaplasty, allowing Dr. Bayati to address both concerns at once.
For more information on labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bayati to talk about your options, please contact us today.