Although it's not talked about a lot, many women have concerns about the appearance of their labia, which can make them feel less confident. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon wants to help Portland, Oregon women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery that corrects the size and shape of the labia. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) may look stretched or have loose skin due to genetics, natural aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or a 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 diminish discomfort and irritation while increasing confidence and sexual pleasure. Schedule a consultation at Bensimon Center in Portland, Oregon to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and find out if you are a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
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A labiaplasty at Bensimon Center may be helpful for Portland, Oregon women who are self-conscious about the shape or size of their labia, which can be abnormal due to genetics, childbirth, or trauma. Enlarged vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you avoid wearing certain clothing (like leggings, swimsuits, or tight pants) because of the size of your labia. A labiaplasty should not affect pregnancy.
Most labiaplasty procedures are performed in our office under local anesthesia. If the procedure is more extensive, you may require IV Sedation at our accredited facility, which will mean you need a responsible adult to pick you up after your surgery. Dr. Bensimon will discuss these options and time estimates during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is most often performed with a trimming technique that removes excess tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured together.
What to Expect
You will need about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to abate before returning to work. Dr. Bensimon recommends applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to reduce swelling. You are not allowed to use tampons or have sexual activity for 6 weeks after your surgery. Patients usually see visible improvements in about six weeks with final results around six months after surgery. The results of a labiaplasty are long-lasting, but childbirth, weight fluctuations, and natural aging may alter results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
The total cost of your labiaplasty will be dependent on many factors. During your consultation with Dr. Bensimon, he will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan. Once you've decided on your options for your vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Bensimon can estimate your costs. The Bensimon Center accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you may find that a large majority of obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to surgically remove excess skin from your labia; however, a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Bensimon, will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures that scarring is minimal and that the final symmetry, color, and contour all look and feel natural.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be some numbness in your vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation addresses the vaginal lips and not the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Bensimon, who has many years of experience performing vaginal rejuvenation surgery, 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. Bensimon or a member of his team will go over what to expect after your labiaplasty and tips to make your recovery more comfortable. 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. Bensimon will assess your healing during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can help to improve mild to moderate looseness in your vaginal area. However, vaginal rejuvenation is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape your labia. During your consultation with Dr. Bensimon, he can discuss your options and make recommendations based on your needs and goals.
Comfortable and Confident
Not every vagina looks exactly alike and a lot of factors may play into the appearance of your outer labia. If you don't feel comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about labiaplasty. Talk to Dr. Bensimon about your concerns and goals so he can create your personal treatment plan at Bensimon Center in Portland, Oregon.