Vaginal rejuvenation has become increasingly popular in recent years. There is now a myriad of both surgical 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.
- What is Vaginal Rejuvenation (AKA Labial Reduction or Labiaplasty)?
- How Do I Know if I Need a Labiaplasty Procedure?
- Your Labiaplasty Consultation
- What Should I Expect During a Labiaplasty Procedure?
- What Should I Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery?
- What are the Risks of a Labiaplasty?
- Frequently Asked Questions about Labiaplasty
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 procedure is typically performed on the labia minora, which are the smaller, more sensitive inner lips.
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 intercourse, insertion of tampons, or during exercise. During labial reduction surgery, the excess tissues are carefully removed to permanently fix this problem.
A hymenoplasty is another vaginal rejuvenation procedure that can re-tighten the hymenal tissues that are ruptured as women experience their first sexual intercourse. This is an effective technique to restore a women’s vagina to its youthful, virginal state.
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.
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 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-surgical 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 are the Risks of a Labiaplasty?
As with any surgery, 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 with a long track record of safety and excellent results.
Why choose Dr Panossian
- He received his medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine.
- Graduated at the top of his class at UCLA, receiving Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude honors.
- Was accepted into an elite combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
- Completed subspecialty training in craniofacial surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Harvard Medical School.
- Was mentored by Dr. Ron Zuker in the practice of facial paralysis reconstruction. This prestigious fellowship position was available to only one surgeon in the United States.
- Is affiliated with various charitable and educational organizations, including Operation Smile and Mending Kids.
- Is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the highly selective American Association of Plastic Surgeons, reserved for only a select group of individuals nationally who have demonstrated excellence in academic plastic surgery.
- Holds memberships in several other professional societies including the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
- He serves on the Board of Directors for Mending Kids and the Gondobay Manga Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of lives in Sierra Leone.
- Has been nominated by his peers annually since 2012 as a “Super Doctor.”
- Served as an expert medical consultant and appeared on The Doctors, Grey’s Anatomy, and Nip/Tuck.
- Has been featured as “Top Doctor” in US News and World Report, Pasadena Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Frequently Asked Questions about 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Schedule a Labiaplasty Consultation with Dr. Panossian
If you feel that a labiaplasty may be right for you, feel free to call 626-765-6885 or email our practice to schedule your labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Panossian. If you do not live in the Los Angeles area, our staff can work with you to set up video conferencing and photographic consultations, just fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping you boost your confidence!
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