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Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty

HOW CAN LABIAPLASTY CORRECT PROBLEMS AND ENHANCE MY LIFE?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that will reduce the size, and/or reshape the labia minora. The labia minora are the inner labia, or lips of the vagina, and are situated between the outer labia and the vaginal opening. In woman of reproductive age, there is considerable variations in the size of the labia minora. In some instances, women with large labia minora can experience pain during intercourse, or feel discomfort during everyday activities, especially when wearing tight-fitting clothing. Other women may feel unattractive and are embarrassed by their outward appearance.

The purpose of labiaplasty is to improve the external appearance of the vagina. After the procedure most women have less discomfort during intercourse, feel more positive about their appearance and show overall improvement in their self esteem.

HOW CAN REJUVENATION OF THE VAGINA CORRECT PROBLEMS AND ENHANCE MY LIFE?
After the stress of single or multiple childbirth, vaginal tissues tend to lose their tone, often resulting in an increase in the width of the vaginal canal. During sexual intercourse, this added width can result in less friction, and decreased pleasure for both partners. Even with regular exercise, including Kegal exercise, vaginal tone may not improve.

Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure where the excess vaginal tissue is removed, the size of the vaginal opening reduced and other supportive tissues in the vagina repaired. The goal of the surgery is to increase the fiction experienced by sexual partners during intercourse, hence improving pleasure. Women often feel greater self esteem after the procedure and improved confidence.

WE CONSTANTLY HEAR THAT LASER IS THE BEST WAY TO GO FOR VAGINOPLASTY AND LABIAPLASTY. WHAT’S THE REAL STORY ABOUT LASERS FOR THESE TYPES OF SURGERIES?
Depending on the application, the use of a laser scalpel in surgery can have varying degrees of results. Today, many surgeons try to enhance their marketing to the public by implying that the laser is the best way to proceed. They say this in their brochures and web sites. The truth of the matter is that the use of a laser scalpel during surgery is a common method of cauterizing and making smooth incisions, resulting in less tissue trauma (shock) and controlling bleeding. Today, MOST surgeons use lasers in surgical applications but few feel the need to advertise the fact.

Some surgeons believe that labiaplasty is best performed using Iris Scissors which will leave a nicely rugated, or ruffled edge—mimicking the way natural labia appear.

Vaginoplasty on the other hand can be enhanced, somewhat, with a laser although widely accepted methods of incision are as good.

The real issue is the surgeon's skills. . . how many procedures he's done.

WHO WILL BE MY SURGEON?
In every case your suegeon will be the surgeon you first meet during your initial consultation. He will also be the same surgeon who will look after you and provide all of your post-operative care, including emergency care if required. If your doctor is unavailable, another surgeon is always on call 24 hours a day should you require emergency treatment or information.

HOW LONG DOES LABIAPLASTY OR VAGINOPLASTY TAKE?
It generally depends on the extent of the procedure, but each procedure usually takes about one to two hours.

IF I’VE NOT HAD CHILDREN, CAN I STILL HAVE A VAGINOPLASTY PROCEDURE?
Generally, YES! Depending on your individual circumstances you may be a candidate for vaginoplasty. One does not have to have had children to be a candidate for the vaginoplasty procedure, and it is performed quite frequently on women without children. If you are planning to have children, it is recommended you wait until you have completed childbearing to have the procedure.

IS THERE A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE VAGINOPLASTY OR LABIAPLASTY PROCEDURE WHEN I MUST REFRAIN FROM SEXUAL ACTIVITY?
As with any type of surgical procedure, there is usually a period of time needed for the body to heal. Generally, you should refrain from any type of sexual intercourse (vaginal penetration) for a period of 4-6 weeks. Your doctor would advise you if there was a change in this waiting period.

IF I’M VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN, HOW LONG SHOULD I REMAIN AFTER SURGERY BEFORE DEPARTING?
With either Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty, you should be allowed to return home the day after surgery. Your doctor would advise you if there was a change in this waiting period. Read more on our What to Expect page.

WHERE WILL THE OPERATION BE PERFORMED?
All operations are performed at your surgeon's outpatient Surgery Center. Each center is both state licensed and federally (Medicare) certified and as such meets the highest standards of care.

WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE MY SURGERY?
All patients undergoing surgery will require basic blood and urine tests as well as a pregnancy test for women. Your doctor will advise you accordingly during your consultation.

WILL IT HURT?
During the procedure, our anesthesia staff assures that you're comfortable and will feel no pain. In every instance, you'll be asleep through the entire procedure. This will be discussed with you in detail during the initial consultation. After surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience will be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.

HOW SOON CAN I GET BACK TO WORK?
It depends greatly on the procedure, but on average most patients are back to work within 3 to 7 days. If complications arise, additional time away from work may be required.

HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN EXPECT A FINAL RESULT?
This varies with the type of operation being performed. It also depends on the individual. Some people bruise easily, while others don’t. Generally there will be swelling and some bruising after surgery. Both will usually disappear over a week or two. The final optimal result can usually be appreciated a few months after surgery.

WILL THERE BE SCARS?
Yes, but they probably won't be noticeable. Your doctor will make every effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines and creases of your skin. The scars will fade over time and become barely noticeable.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
As with any operation there are certain risks. The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring. Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. Specific potential complications vary with both Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty. These will be discussed with you during your consultation for your procedure. To put the risk in perspective, pregnancy is associated with far more risk than any of these procedures.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Less than you think. After years of being perceived as something only for the rich and famous, cosmetic surgery is now priced for everyone. Patients from all income brackets are now undergoing surgery.

Please keep in mind not all patients are alike and some will require a slightly different operation than others. We offer a range of costs in the sections on Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty. However, you will receive a specific price quotation during your consultation visit. Our staff is always happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail. Read more on our Costs and Financing page.

CAN I FINANCE IT?
For your convenience, we accept VISA, Master Card, Discover and American Express. Some surgeons even have financing through approved, reliable companies. Your surgeon's office can give you all the details, either before or at your consultation. At the time you decide to book your procedure a 50% down payment is required. Final payment is due during the final pre-op visit.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY OPERATION?
Your operation will include the surgical fees and anesthesiology professional fees, the outpatient surgery center facility charges, and all of your post-operative care. Lab tests, x-rays, and other pre and post-operative tests and medications are not included.

WILL INSURANCE COVER IT?
Usually not. Both Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty are considered elective procedures and insurance plans don't cover it. But there are exceptions. Some functional surgical procedures may be covered by health insurance, in part or in full, depending upon your health insurance policy and the procedure you are having performed. It is imperative that you check with your insurance company BEFORE arranging any procedure.

IF I'M UNHAPPY WITH MY RESULTS, WILL I BE CHARGED FOR A REVISION?
We will do their best to give you the results you desire. Unfortunately, no guarantee or warranty can be given. Occasionally, some patients are not pleased and may require a revision operation to correct an undesirable result. If this should occur there is usually no charge for our surgeon's professional services, but anesthesiology fees, surgery center facility charges, and any other ancillary expenses are the responsibility of the patient.

 

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