Labiaplasty Pasadena, California

Vaginal rejuvenation has become increasingly popular in recent years. There is now a myriad of both surgical procedures and non-invasive procedures available to women that can help them restore their confidence and improve their sex lives through genital rejuvenation. Andre Panossian, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Pasadena, CA, helps women from all over the Los Angeles area feel happier and more confident through vaginal rejuvenation.

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Schematic diagram of labiaplasty for women.
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Benefits of Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty, a transformative procedure, offers both physical and psychological benefits, enhancing comfort and confidence. It addresses concerns related to the labia, improving aesthetics and functionality. Here are more benefits:


Improved Comfort in Daily Activities

Reduces discomfort during exercise, walking, or sitting, enhancing daily life quality.


Enhanced Aesthetic Appearance and Symmetry

Corrects asymmetry and reshapes the labia for a more balanced, aesthetically pleasing appearance.


Boosted Self-Confidence and Well-being

Increases personal confidence and comfort, positively impacting intimate relationships and self-image.

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What is Vaginal Rejuvenation (AKA Labial Reduction or Labiaplasty)?

Vaginal rejuvenation (labiaplasty) is performed to turn back the clock on external vaginal tissues, known as the labia. This medical procedure is typically performed on the labia minora, which are the smaller, more sensitive inner lips. Women opt for this cosmetic procedure for both medical reasons and aesthetic reasons.

Some women experience excessive tissue in the labia minora with age, after childbirth, or due to genetics. The excess tissues may extend beyond the outer vaginal tissues (labia majora) and can interfere with many normal functions including sexual activity, insertion of tampons, or during exercise. During labia reduction surgery, the excess tissues are carefully removed using the trim technique or wedge technique to permanently fix this problem, enhancing the outcome of surgery.

A hymenoplasty is another vaginal rejuvenation procedure that can re-tighten the hymenal tissues that are ruptured as women experience their first sexual activity. This is an effective technique to restore a women’s vagina to its youthful, virginal state, often considered part of the entire process of vaginal rejuvenation.

How Do I Know if I am a candidate for labiaplasty?

Most frequently, patients who undergo this procedure do so because of excess tissue in the labia minora. Often, when the inner lips protrude significantly, it can cause physical discomfort and interfere with a woman’s quality of life. In addition, some women have elongated or heavily asymmetrical labia minora. This can also make certain aspects of life more difficult, and it can cause mental distress.

If your inner labia are relatively symmetrical, tucked into the outer lips, or slightly protruding and not causing any pain or discomfort, chances are that your genitals are well within the range of what is considered normal.

Those who are interested in labiaplasty should schedule a consultation with Dr. Panossian. He will be able to evaluate you and make a recommendation based on your goals and concerns.

Your Labiaplasty Consultation

Before scheduling your labiaplasty procedure, you will have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Panossian in Pasadena. He will go over your medical history, discuss your goals and give you a realistic idea of what to expect after a labiaplasty. He will also give you his honest opinion about your candidacy.

This is your opportunity to ask questions and to get all the information you need to move forward with the procedure. It’s a good idea to come in with a list of questions prepared so you don’t forget to address anything important.

What Should I Expect During a Labiaplasty Procedure?

The overall goal of a labiaplasty is to reduce the size of the labia minora so that they remain tucked into the labia majora comfortably. The procedure can be done either with local or general anesthesia. All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Most women will not require general anesthesia for a labiaplasty. Often, a local anesthetic is administered while the patient reclines comfortably, remaining awake and alert throughout the procedure.

Schematic diagram of a woman's hymen for hymenoplasty.
Schematic diagram of a
woman’s hymen for hymenoplasty.

Should the doctor determine that you would be more comfortable under general anesthesia, a board-certified anesthesiologist will be present throughout the surgery to ensure your safety and comfort.

The excess labial tissues are marked out in a specific surgical technique pattern that will facilitate their removal. Typically, the doctor employs what is known as the “wedge” technique to give the most natural-looking results with a minimal amount of post-surgery discomfort. The surgery takes approximately 1 hour. All stitches are absorbable.

During a hymenoplasty, a V-shaped incision is made in the rear portion of the vaginal opening (introitus). The tissues are then closed in several layers with absorbable tissues to separate internal and external vaginal tissues.

Some patients choose to have both procedures performed. You will discuss your goals and wishes during the consultation.

What Should I Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery?

Someone should accompany you to drive you home post-surgery, and you should avoid driving for at least 24 hours. If you are taking prescription pain medication, however, you may need to avoid driving longer.

Patients can return to activity relatively quickly after surgery. You will be instructed to apply ice packs or a bag of frozen peas to the operative area for the first 24-48 hours. The incisions should be iced for up to 20 minutes each hour, which helps with bruising, swelling, and general discomfort.

Activities should be approached cautiously for about 2 days. Most people will return to work in 3-4 days, taking care to avoid activities that might rub on the incisions. In many cases, it is recommended to take at least a week away from work, school, or strenuous activities, but this can vary from one patient to the next. The recovery time is generally short, allowing patients to resume normal activities within weeks after surgery.

There is to be absolutely no sexual activity, tampons, bicycle or horseback riding, swimming, hot tubs, or other physical activities that will put pressure and friction over the incisions for 6 weeks.

Loose, breathable clothing and unrestrictive cotton underwear must be worn throughout recovery to keep friction to the labia at a minimum. This is particularly important for those who commonly wear tight-fitting clothing.

As your recovery progresses, light physical activity is encouraged, but strenuous activities and rigorous exercise should be avoided until you have made a full recovery.


What are the Risks of a Labiaplasty?

As with any plastic surgery in Pasadena, there are potential risks or complications. Dr. Panossian will go over all of these risks with you in as much detail as needed, but in general, the risks may include:

  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Changes in sensation
  • Scarring around the surgical site
  • Persistent pain

Labiaplasty is a very safe procedure overall. You can minimize the risks by choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon in Pasadena with a long track record of safety and excellent results.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Labiaplasty

When is the best time for labiaplasty?

Healthy, adult women can choose to have labiaplasty performed whenever it works best for them. However, it is important to note that pregnancy and childbirth can change the genitals somewhat. Waiting until you are done having children can help ensure long-lasting results.

How much does labiaplasty cost in California?

We welcome patients from Pasadena, Los Angeles, and from all over the state of California and beyond. Prices vary depending on the patient’s needs, but location does affect the overall costs. Keep in mind that there will be several fees included in the total cost. Our office can provide you with all the necessary information and provide financing options. Some women may inquire with their insurance provider to understand if any part of the procedure can be covered, especially in cases where labiaplasty is considered a medical procedure for health-related issues like pelvic floor disorders.

Will there be pain or scarring after labiaplasty?

The initial pain will be limited immediately following your procedure due to the local anesthetic. Most women report feeling limited pain for the first 24 hours, followed by moderate discomfort and soreness in the weeks following. Generally, this pain can be effectively managed with cold compresses and over-the-counter painkillers. Because the incisions used will be small, the resulting scarring will be minimal and difficult to see. Dr. Panossian performs each labiaplasty intending to leave the smallest scars possible to give you a natural appearance, adhering to the highest standard of care.

Will labiaplasty make me less sensitive?

Understandably, many women are concerned about potentially losing sensation in the labia following labiaplasty. While you might experience some sensation changes during the recovery period, you are unlikely to develop long-term sensation loss. As one of the leading labiaplasty surgeons in California, Dr. Panossian can discuss this with you and give you more information to ease your mind.

What labiaplasty office is near me?

If you live near Pasadena, CA, Dr. Panossian offers labiaplasty among its services, and is conveniently located at 39 Congress St., Suite 402 Pasadena, CA 91105

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