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Overview

Labiaplasty: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Labiaplasty is a treatment done to alter the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia). The appearance of these folds of skin, located around the vulva of a female body, can be changed by the plastic surgery. This is suitable for people who are born with intersex condition or are unhappy with the way their genitals look. Enlarged labia can cause discomfort during workout or sexual intercourse. A woman will be able to gain back her self esteem and confidence by going through this process.

How is the treatment done?

This surgery is generally performed with a straight edge technique under the effect of local anaesthesia. The surgeon will run an incision along the length of labia through which the darker pigmentation, found on the edges of labia, will be removed. This helps in determining and creating the new shape of the labia as desired by the patient. Use of laser in this process provides better precision and cutting with less thermal injury. This makes the wound heal faster and less painful.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you feel that your labia has stretched or torn during child birth, you can go for this surgery. Labiaplasty can also benefit the women who are suffering from labia minora hypertrophy.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you are going through some other hormonal changes, labiaplasty may not be the best option to deal the problems your labia is going through.

Are there any side effects?

Patient may experience pain at the time of intercourse, chronic dryness and scarring near the vaginal opening or a little bleeding after the surgery. There is nothing to be concerned about if you keep taking the medications prescribed by the surgeon.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must clean the incision properly and regularly and should abstain from sexual activity and physical exercise for at least six weeks. Keep making regular appointments with your surgeon to keep a check on the improvement in your condition.

How long does it take to recover?

The patient may start having sexual intercourse and wearing tampons within six weeks of surgery. The swelling near vaginal opening may take six months to heal.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of labiaplasty can be between ₹200000 - ₹ 600000 depending on the severity of your condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are mostly permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs 2,00,000 - Rs 6,00,000

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What is Cosmetogynaecology?

MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, DGO, MBBS, MCPS
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
What is Cosmetogynaecology?

What is Cosmetogynaecology?

Cosmetogynaecology refers to the specialization in female cosmetic medicine and surgery. We live in an age where appearance primarily defines your personality and acts a great deal in boosting self-confidence and morale.

Since time immemorial, we have never been pleased with what have been given to us. Thanks to this trait, scientists are always looking for new ways to satisfy our needs. Don’t like your nose? Think it’s too fat? Want to look like Megan Fox?

Medical science can now do all this, and beyond!

What does Cosmetogynaecology include?

Cosmetogynaecology is a subset of cosmetic surgery that mainly caters to the needs of women and includes cosmetic procedures such as-

  1. G-spot Augmentation: This procedure mainly concentrates on increasing the size and sensitivity of the G-spot to amplify pleasure during intercourse. It is also known as G-spot amplification

  2. Genital area Bleaching and Resurfacing: Genital bleaching is a safe and easy way to whiten your intimate areas. As for genital resurfacing, it is a procedure to even out the appearance around the intimate area or to improve the colour on the clitoral hood.

  3. Labia Augmentation: This procedure includes the surgical enlargement of the Labia Majora (part of women’s genitalia) in order to improve the contour or increase the fullness to make it look more appealing.

  4. Vaginal Tightening: Several factors can lead to the loosening of the vaginal walls, including childbirth. This can reduce the pleasure during intercourse for you and your man. These treatments can be done by lasers, which are non-invasive and work wonders!

  5. Permanent Laser Hair Removal: We all know the extent of pain that women go through in order to make themselves fuzz-free. And the amount of money that goes in doing that annually is probably enormous. Laser hair removal can permanently take care of this issue and you will be ever ready for a party.

  6. Breast Size Augmentation or Reduction: Getting breast implants (silicone or saline) can be used to increase the size of your breasts if you are not too happy with your gifted assets. It can also be done for reconstructive purposes after undergoing mastectomy post breast cancer. On the other hand, large breasts can be the cause of chronic back pain. If that bothers you too much, you can have them reduced to your desired size.

  7. Vaginoplasty: Vaginoplasty is a plastic surgery for both the vaginal canal and the tissues of its mucous membrane that tightens. The procedure strengthens those muscles and tissues while removing excess or damaged lining from the canal. It is specifically designed to strengthen and enhance the working of the vulva-vaginal body structures. When vaginal plastic surgery is performed to specifically construct or reconstruct the vulva-vaginal complex, either partially or totally, it is referred to as a neovaginoplasty. When the surgery is performed to specifically reshape the tissue and firm the muscles and lining of the vaginal canal for a more youthful appearance plus tighten up the canal after the stretching it endures through childbirth, then it is termed a vagina reduction for cosmetic reconstruction and is considered an elective surgical procedure.

  8. Hymenoplasty: Hymenoplasty is the procedure to restore natural hymen to regain virginity. In simple words, hymenoplasty is repair of broken hymen or ruptured hymen and is the sure shot way to restore or regain virginity. The layered ultrafine microsurgical repair of hymen being done at Olmec leads to a normal hymen without any sign of repair and without any sign of lost virginity.

  9. Clitoroplasty: A clitoroplasty is a surgical procedure that refines or improves the appearance of a woman’s clitoris. It can also be performed to create an artificial clitoris in men undergoing sex reassignment surgery. It is also known as clitoral hood reduction, as it can reduce the size of the clitoral hood in some patients.

  10. Labiaplasty: Labia surgery, which usually involves labia reduction—and vaginal rejuvenation, or tightening, are becoming as common today as other cosmetic procedures. New advancements and techniques in Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty typically lessen scarring, pain, recovery time, and show excellent results in the area sometimes referred to as Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery.

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Labiaplasty (Vaginal Plastic Surgery) - Things Women Should Know!

American Board of Plastic Surgery, , American Board Of General Surgery, MS - Dermatology, M.B.B.S
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Labiaplasty (Vaginal Plastic Surgery) - Things Women Should Know!

Labiaplasty or Labia Correction is performed by women who want reduction of the inner lips on the outside of the vagina or labia minora. The reduction is done as many women are uncomfortable with the shape as well as the size of their labia. The swelling of the labia often causes discomfort in exercising, and women are unable to wear bathing suits as well as fitting clothes. It also causes interference in the sexual activity and sometimes it becomes very embarrassing and difficult to maintain basic hygiene. 

There are numerous variations in the thickness, size, color and shape of the vaginal tissues and not many women are aware of the prominent size as well as size of their labia. There are many women who are not at all concerned with the appearance of the labia. However, some women who suffer from these symptoms are very upset and feel their self-image is diminished, and it is important in such case that reduction of the Labia minora be done. It is through Lip Corrections that women can take control of their body and reshape their labia just like women who undergo other cosmetic procedures. 

It is very important to know everything about Labia Correction before opting for this surgery. It is important to do some research online and visit websites that provide information on vaginal surgeries. The surgical techniques that are used for Labia Corrections are many, but it must be conducted by a certified surgeon who is well-experienced and does the vaginal rejuvenation with perfection. 

When Must Labia Corrections Be Considered- 

Lip Corrections is a surgical process, and that is done specially to correct an out sized or irregular labia minora. The tissues adjacent to the vulva of the vagina are reduced, and this surgery is done both for aesthetic reasons as well as for medical purposes. The surgery can be considered by a woman at times to feel physiologically and emotionally good, and at times it is done for purposes like. 

  • Irregular shape of the labia 
  • Oversize of the vaginal folds 
  • Protruding labia 
  • Discomfort caused due to thickness of the Labia 
  • Labial distortion that can occur after childbirth 

Post-Operative Labia Distortion 

The excess skin is cut, and then it is sewn over the edge during the surgery. The disadvantage of this surgery is that after the surgery, the long vertical stitch line gives the area an unattractive appearance. It takes approximately an hour and a half for the surgery to take place, and the patient is generally given local anesthesia during the surgery.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Labiaplasty

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Labiaplasty

What is a Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects excessively long, enlarged or redundant labia minora tissue and can make the external genitalia (the “vulva”) more cosmetically appealing. Women with enlarged or elongated labia may feel very conscious when wearing tight clothing or swimwear, as the outline of the labia may be visible through the clothing. Enlarged labia may also cause women to feel self-conscious during intimate contact.  Some are concerned about asymmetry of their labias, or they may have pain or discomfort during sex or with exercise. Occasionally, redundant labia tissue predisposes to yeast infections or creates friction tears of the tissue.

During a labiaplasty, excess or stretched-out labia minora tissue is excised to create a more neat and tidy appearance to this region and to treat associated physical concerns. Occasionally excess tissue around the clitoral hood is also carefully trimmed as part of the procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a personal procedure that should certainly not be associated with embarrassment or shame. Women of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes and cultures seek labiaplasty. Sometimes after childbearing, labial tissue can become stretched out or redundant, and following menopause the vulvar lips can droop with loss of collagen and elastin. Many women are congenitally born with asymmetric or excess labial tissue.

Women who experience awkwardness, pain with intercourse, or discomfort when walking or with exercise due to excess labia tissue are candidates for a labiaplasty. Other women are simply looking to improve the appearance of this part of their body to look as youthful as they feel. Rejuvenation of the labia area can be an empowering experience, potentially improving a woman’s body image, self-esteem and comfort during intimacy.

Can Labiaplasty Be Done Before Pregnancy?

A labiaplasty can certainly be performed at any time in a woman’s life. Labiaplasty is considered a “quality of life” procedure, and is a personal decision. Having surgery will in no way influence future pregnancies or childbirth delivery options.

What Are the Different Types of Labiaplasty?

Labia Minora Reduction

A labiaplasty usually involves trimming the inner lips of the labia, known as the “labia minora”. Only the inner or outer lips of the vulva are treated; the vagina is not normally addressed during a labiaplasty.

 

Labia Majora Reduction

Occasionally, the outer lips of the genitalia (“labia majora”) are trimmed to additionally reduce their prominence. This procedure involves incisions in the skin of the labia majora and is associated with-potentially additional scars and post-surgical swelling during healing.

Clitoral Hood Reduction

For women with redundant clitoral hood tissue, a reduction of the clitoral hood can also be performed as part of a labiaplasty. Clitoral hood reduction involves careful trimming of excess skin that hangs over the clitoris. The overlying skin is then rearranged without risking nerve injury or affecting sexual sensation or stimulation.

Labiaplasty procedure

In order to ensure complete comfort and relaxation, we perform labiaplasty as an Day care procedure in the operating room, under a short and safe general anesthesia or under local anesthesia. Local anesthetic is used to prevent bleeding and bruising during surgery, and to keep the area numb for many hours after surgery. Excess labial tissue is trimmed, the clitoral hood is reduced if appropriate, and a neat and tidy closure is performed in multiple layers using dissolving (absorbable) sutures. Antibiotic ointment is applied, and an absorbable pad is placed over the incisions. Surgery takes around 1-2 hours to complete, and women are allowed to return home a few hours after awakening.

Types of Labiaplasty

Wedge Labiaplasty

Many surgeons these days are performing wedge labiaplasty, for two main reasons:

A wedge of tissue is removed from the middle area of the labia, preserving the natural labial edge for a less obviously surgical look.

The wedge method leaves a shorter scar that’s harder to see because it runs across the labia rather than along the edge.

However, there are some potential drawbacks to this approach. The wedge technique generally only addresses the middle one third of the labia and does not treat the irregular dark hyperpigmented edge of the posterior parts of the labia. It also does not treat excessive clitoral hood tissues which commonly accompany prominent labia minora.

In addition, the wedge technique creates a condition where the amount of tissue resected must be balanced against creating wound tension with closure. Excising too much tissue may result in a potential for wound separation, whereas conservative resection may produce insufficient reduction. It takes an experienced surgeon to advise you on the anticipated results.

 

Trim Labiaplasty

Until recently, trim labiaplasty was the go-to choice for women who wanted to improve the appearance of their labia. This method, as the name implies, involves trimming the excess labia tissue to a more proportionate size and shape relative to the rest of the vaginal area. Many women appreciate that the trim method removes the existing edges of the inner labia, which can darken with age or following pregnancy.

The tissue is typically excised from the clitoral hood and along the edge of the labia minora to the vaginal forchette. In this manner, excess tissue from the upper, middle and lower one/thirds of the inner lips can be removed.

The trim technique leaves a longer scar but it is tension free and commonly is barely visible. Unlike the wedge, wound separation is less likely.

An irregular, thickened and darkened edge is what leads so many of our patients to choose trim labiaplasty as their preferred approach. For those with excess tissue limited to the mid portions of the labia only, the wedge method is an excellent option.

Wedge vs. Trim: Which Is Best?

Both procedures accomplish the primary goal of labia reduction just fine. The question of which labiaplasty technique will give you better results depends on your unique anatomy and your personal goals for surgery.

What is the Recovery After Labiaplasty?

Mild discomfort is treated with oral pain medication for a few days. Swelling and bruising of the genital region can develop over the first few days. You may shower the next day, and will apply antibiotic ointment daily. If you start your menstrual cycle, it is recommended you avoid using tampons for your next 1-2 cycles to avoid irritation of the incisions while they are healing.

At least couple of days should be taken off work or arrange to work from home during this time. Aggressive physical activity should be avoided for at least a week or two after surgery. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for approximately 6 weeks after a labiaplasty. By week 6 to 8, the healing is complete, and no restrictions are needed.

Like any surgery, it takes at least 6 weeks for the initial swelling to recede, and 6 months up to a year for the results to be absolutely complete. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the labia region. There is usually very little scarring, as incisions are made in the labial “mucosa” (similar to the inside of the mouth or the gums) rather than the skin.

Possible Complications of Surgery

Some complications associated with labiaplasty are specific to this procedure, while others are complications that could be encountered as a result of any cosmetic surgery, or any surgical procedure in general. Complications common to nearly all surgical procedures include bleeding, bruising, swelling, infection, and scarring. Since labiaplasty is often performed under local anesthetic and sedation rather than general anesthetic, the risks are somewhat less than with more invasive surgical procedures.

Procedure specific complications include Loss of sensation, Spotting, Difficulty urinating ,Change in pigmentation, Asymmetrical results after full healing has occurred ,Separation of the incision site; this occurs in roughly five percent of wedge labiaplasty patients, but is easily to correct. The majority of these symptoms will also be temporary, and resolve within a few days to a few weeks depending on the individual symptom and how quickly your healing progresses.

Will the procedure affect my fertility?

No, the procedure will have no affect on your ability to have children. However, you should use contraception to avoid pregnancy before and after the procedure. Your surgeon will cancel your procedure if you are pregnant on the appointed day. After surgery, you should avoid giving birth for one year following the procedure. As a normal delivery would stretch the tissue and damage the results achieved.

Will there be scarring?

There is usually evidence of scarring following surgical incisions. Your surgeon will try to make the incisions in the least conspicuous areas so that the scarring may be virtually invisible. Even visible scarring will tend to fade over time.

Will labiaplasty affect my sensitivity?

Sensitivity typically stays the same after labiaplasty when done right. After recovery, sexual intercourse is often more enjoyable, because patients feel more confident without the excess skin.

Labiaplasty: Things You Need To Know!

M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Indore
Labiaplasty: Things You Need To Know!

Lip Correction is performed by women who want reduction of the inner lips on the outside of the vagina or labia minora. The reduction is done as many women are uncomfortable with the shape as well as the size of their labia. The swelling of the labia often causes discomfort in exercising, and women are unable to wear bathing suits as well as fitting clothes. It also causes interference in the sexual activity and sometimes it becomes very embarrassing and difficult to maintain basic hygiene.

There are numerous variations in the thickness, size, color and shape of the vaginal tissues and not many women are aware of the prominent size as well as size of their labia. There are many women who are not at all concerned with the appearance of the labia. However, some women who suffer from these symptoms are very upset and feel their self-image is diminished, and it is important in such case that reduction of the Labia minora be done. It is through Lip Corrections that women can take control of their body and reshape their labia just like women who do augmentation of their breasts.

It is very important to know everything about Lip Correction before opting for this surgery. It is important to do some research online and visit websites that provide information on vaginal surgeries. The surgical techniques that are used for Lip Corrections are many, but it must be conducted by a certified surgeon who is well-experienced and does the vaginal rejuvenation with perfection.

When Must Lip Corrections Be Considered-
Lip Corrections is a surgical process, and that is done specially to correct an outsized or irregular labia minora. The tissues adjacent to the vulva of the vagina are reduced, and this surgery is done both for aesthetic reasons as well as for medical purposes. The surgery can be considered by a woman at times to feel physiologically and emotionally good, and at times it is done for purposes like.

  • Irregular shape of the labia
  • Oversize of the vaginal folds
  • Protruding labia
  • Discomfort caused due to thickness of the Labia
  • Labial disease that can occur after childbirth
  • Duration of Surgery

The excess skin is cut, and then it is sewn over the edge during the surgery. The disadvantage of this surgery is that after the surgery, the long vertical stitch line gives the area an unattractive appearance. It takes approximately an hour and half for the surgery to take place, and the patient is generally given local anaesthesia during the surgery.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Cosmetic Gynaecology - 7 Techniques For You

MBBS, Diploma in Gynaecology & Obstetrics, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Cosmetic Gynaecology - 7 Techniques For You

A woman is an extraordinary and beautiful creation of nature, and it is natural that she would want to see herself as perfect and complete. And, staying sexually attractive is one of the major factors that motivate a woman to seek the benefits of Cosmetic Gynaecology. Cosmetic Gynaecology or Intimate Aesthetic Surgery covers procedures which alter the appearance of female external genitalia and make it seem more natural and youthful. These methods, aid in correcting congenital defects, enhances the self*confidence of a woman, and positively affects the intimacy she shares with her partner.

With age and life events like childbirth, the vagina and labia often change in appearance and structure, which not only hampers the feeling of self-worth in a woman, but also prevents her from enjoying sexual activities completely and Cosmetic Gynaecology emerges as the savior in such situations.
Here are some procedures, which are here to help the fairer sex rediscover the beauty of their body:

* Vaginal Rejuvenation: With the help of laser technique, this process helps in tightening the internal diameter of the vagina, when it gets stretched during birth or owing to genetic factors.

* Labiaplasty: Through this method, the contours of the labia majora or labia minora are changed. It may cover reconstruction, augmentation or reduction.

* Hymenoplasty: It is done to create a pseudo hymenal membrane from hymenal tissue, which already exists or non*hymenal soft tissue. The intention is to cause bleeding when the membrane tears during intercourse.

* Clitoroplasty: This procedure deals with the surgical transformation of the clitoris, which caters to conditions involving increased tissue volume. It can also aid in creating clitoris in transgender women.

* Clitoral Hood Reduction: The method is focused on the loose skin around the clitoris, and can be conducted during labiaplasty or as a separate procedure.

* Monsplasty: The contours of the Mons pubis can be changed through this process. It involves liposuction for the reduction of excess fat, subcutaneous fat, as well as skin. Often, techniques like laser and ultrasound are used during monsplasty.

* Perineoplasty: Repairing and restoration of the loose, ageing or injured perineum is taken care of through this method. Perineum is the area between the vagina opening and the rectum. And this procedure is usually helpful for women who don't heal efficiently after a vaginal delivery or experience scars.

So if you are worried about the structure or appearance of your intimate area, don't fret. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gynaecologist.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi doctor I am 24 yrs. Doing a labiaplasty won't be a health issue for future? Is there any side effects afterwards and after how much time I can go back to intimacy?

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. The labiaplasty is a very safe and effective surgery for most of the lax and hypertrophied labia. Any major health issue after this is unlikely. A time period of 6-8 weeks is required for complete healing. You can consult online for any more queries.

I am a 23 year old girl. And I have a hanging labia minora .I know labiaplasty is for to reduce the size of labia majora and minora but will this surgery make labia majora close because my labia majora are quite apart from each other and labia minora are hanging out from between them. Or any other surgery for this.

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. Definitely, as you suggested, the labiaplasty will help you in reducing the size of the labia minora. When this is decreased, the labia majora will come together. This is result we see in most of our cases. Few of the times, if the labia majora is atrophic, we do suggest to go for fat transfer to the labia majora to give it a more proper look. It again depends upon the status of the abnormality of the labii you are having. It would be better if you get yourself examined for the same. You can consult online with me for more details.
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I have done a sex only 2 times I want back my virginity please doctor help me get virgin again.

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. Definitely, you can get it done. The procedure consists of a combination procedures like hymenoplasty, labiaplasty and vaginal tightening. U can contact a plastic surgeon near you or do consult me online.

How should I tighten my vagina or regain my virginity because I don't want my future husband to get to know any think about my past so there are chances on first night that I will get to know that I am not virgin because my vagina is already very lose.Please help me for that.

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. Definitely there are certain procedures which are collectively termed as Revirgination procedures. It includes few different procedures, according to the requirement, to get back vulva to a better condition. Eg. Hymenoplasty, Labiaplasty and internal vaginal tightening. U can consider to text me through Lybrate for more details.
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My wife vagina is very loose please advice tightening cream and medicine. Because of this we are having problem in sex.

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. Usually after the marriage and the child birth especially normal delivery, such kind of looseness is common. The creams act only on the superficial region and give only mild firmness. The vaginoplasty, either surgical or laser will give the best results. Such kind of procedures can be combined with the labiaplasty or o-shot procedures if required. U can consult me online for more details.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice