Intimate Cosmetic Surgery for Women: Labial Rejuvenation

Intimate Cosmetic Surgery for Women: Labial Rejuvenation

Both men and women looking to enhance their physical appearance, boost their self-esteem, and/or improve their sexual confidence and relationships favor today's latest options in genital enhancement. For men, that means innovative procedures such as penis enlargement surgery; for women, intimate cosmetic surgery success is most often achieved through labial rejuvenation or labiaplasty. Read on to learn more about what this surgical procedure is all about, including facts about labial rejuvenation costs and its possible risks.

What is Labial Rejuvenation?

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving the reduction or reshaping of the exterior vaginal lips, or Labia Minora. The labia surround and cover the vaginal opening, and the size and shape of the labia can vary from woman to woman. The decision to undergo labial rejuvenation is a very personal one, and it's often made to enhance the vaginal appearance, to improve comfort during sex and other physical activities, and to boost sexual and physical confidence.

Labial rejuvenation is a relatively simple surgical procedure that produces permanent enhancement results. The surgery usually lasts 1-2 hours, during which time the patient is placed under local or general anesthesia. A qualified plastic surgeon then removes excess skin tissue from the labia to create the desired size and shape before stitching up the incisions.

Typical recovery times for labiaplasty may differ, but on average, women return to their regular daily routine in 2-3 days. Additionally, patients are advised to refrain from strenuous activity and sexual intercourse, and to not use tampons or douches for up to 3-6 weeks post surgery.

Labial Rejuvenation Options and Techniques

While the most commonly performed technique is the labiaplasty procedure, these are some other available options in female genital enhancement surgery:

  • Vaginoplasty: surgery designed to tighten vaginal muscles that have been stretched from childbirth.
  • Hymenoplasty: surgery to reconstruct the hymen, also known as revirginization surgery.
  • Vulvar Lipoplasty: surgery for removal of excess fatty tissue on and above the pubic bone. May involve some minor liposuction.
  • Clitoral Hood Reduction: surgery to reduce or alter the size and shape of the clitoral hood.

Possible non-surgical alternatives for vaginal enhancement include:

  • Augmentation Labiaplasty: injections of harvested fatty tissue from other areas of the body are used to augment and enhance the labia.
  • Laser Reduction Labiaplasty: enhancement method whereby laser energy is used to shape and reduce edges of labia.

Your ideal treatment option for vaginal enhancement can best be determined by you and your plastic surgeon. By discussing your individual goals and expectations with a trusted labial rejuvenation surgeon, you will receive informed suggestions and opinions about your treatment options, and can begin to map out a treatment plan that you feel most comfortable with.

Other Labial Rejuvenation Info

The best way to ensure your own safety and success with labiaplasty surgery is to research all of your treatment options, choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform the treatment, and follow all pre and post-op treatment instructions given to you.

However, keep in mind that there is always a chance that side effects will occur with surgery—even if patients take all the necessary treatment precautions. Possible risks and side effects of labial rejuvenation include scarring, infection, loss of sensation, asymmetry, and changes in the texture and pigment of the augmented labia edges.

The cost of labial rejuvenation is often a large deciding factor in undergoing treatment—after success rates and possible health risks of course. The prices for labial rejuvenation will change based on local average costs, but generally the surgery can cost anywhere between $2,000-$8,000. The cost of labiaplasty will be further affected by the type of vaginal enhancement technique that's used, and the amount of time the surgery requires.

To learn more about labial rejuvenation surgery and if it's right for you, meet with a licensed plastic surgeon in your area for an initial treatment consultation.

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