The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Labiaplasty

Vaginal Surgery for Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and All of the San Francisco Area

It may be uncomfortable to talk about overly large labia, but it may be even more uncomfortable to live with them. A labiaplasty for San Francisco-area women can change the shape and reduce the size of the outer part of the vulva. Some women find large labia to be an impediment, or even to cause pain when they are being intimate with a partner, or simply living day to day. Some San Francisco-area women also want to change the appearance of their labia.

No matter the reason Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Napa, and other area women may want a change, it is important to know that change is possible.

The staff at The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery aims to be a trusted source of information, ready to answer any questions you may have about a labiaplasty in the San Francisco Bay Area with candor, honesty, and discretion. Call the San Francisco office (415.433.0303) or Healdsburg office (707.473.0220), or schedule a consultation online.

Labiaplasty Details

Labiaplasty, which is also known as labia rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure that changes the overall appearance of the vaginal lips. Women who have enlarged labia due to substantial weight loss or pregnancy, or who have naturally asymmetrical vaginal lips, are typical candidates who seek out this procedure. Women with larger-than-usual labia are more likely to experience discomfort during intercourse, as well as irritation during other activities, yeast infections, and urinary tract infections.

Dr. Eric Culbertson is ready to support women who are unhappy with their labia. The Jacobs Center staff understands the sensitivity of this procedure and that women should not feel anxious about consulting a surgeon for a labiaplasty. The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery values patient privacy and works to provide a safe and professional environment for all San Francisco-area women seeking Dr. Culbertson's services.

How Should My Labia Minora Look?

There is no "normal" or universal standard as to how the labia should look. Just as everyone's noses and ears have a unique shape, every woman's labia will be unique to her. Some women find that their labia minora protrude beyond the labia majora after going through puberty. Other women notice that their labia minora have grown larger after they have given birth.

For most women, the ideal relationship between the two involves the labia majora entirely covering the labia minora. If the labia minora bulge beyond the labia majora, the excess delicate mucosal tissue can become prone to friction, potentially causing discomfort, pain, and hygiene issues in the area.

The changes available via a labiaplasty are generally cosmetic, but can also provide relief from discomfort. In addition to excess labial tissue being easily irritated due to friction, women with larger labia may struggle with confidence when wearing tight clothing or swimsuits due to the labia being more visible. A labiaplasty can create a smoother look, giving many women confidence in their skin to comfortably wear whatever they like.

What is the Labiaplasty Surgery Process?

Depending on the complexity of the overall surgery, Dr. Culbertson usually takes approximately one to two hours to complete a labiaplasty. Most labiaplasty procedures are performed in an operating room and are always performed with the patient under general anesthesia.

Dr. Culbertson will trim the unnecessary labial tissue and, if needed, reduce the size of the clitoral hood. He then begins a stitching closure with dissolving sutures. An antibiotic ointment is applied over the area, while a non-stick dressing is placed on top of the incisions.

Women should avoid physical activity after undergoing a labial rejuvenation to prevent excessive swelling and bleeding. Activities to avoid include sexual intercourse, exercise, and using tampons. After four to six weeks of recovery time, these activities can gradually be resumed.

Understanding the Labiaplasty Recovery Period

Labiaplasty surgery is a very personal choice for most women, and many potential patients may have some questions regarding the recovery period after the surgery. There are several things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth recuperation.

During labiaplasty surgery, anesthesia is used to minimize sensation during the procedure. However, women are expected to feel some discomfort after the surgery since the surgery is on a particularly sensitive area. Medication can help reduce this discomfort.

It is normal to expect some swelling and bruising for several weeks after labiaplasty surgery. Cooling the area using ice covered with a cloth can assist in reducing any swelling.

Articles of clothing or underwear should be loose fitting, which will help minimize discomfort during recovery. Wearing tight clothing can result in rubbing and friction, which can cause pain and prolong the recovery period. Also, it is recommended to use pads or liners as a replacement for tampons during recovery.

Sexual intercourse should also be avoided for six weeks after labiaplasty surgery. You may resume any sexual activity once the time has passed, but consult with your doctor to be sure. Finally, many patients feel comfortable returning to work or other typical daily schedules after two to five days, but complete recovery after a labiaplasty should not be expected until four to six months have passed. It is essential to follow your surgeon's instructions for a smooth recovery.

What Are the Benefits of a Labiaplasty?

The look of the labia varies from woman to woman, and life events—such as age, normal wear, and childbirth—can have a substantial influence on their appearance. Unfortunately, there are women with large labia who suffer from physical discomfort, low self-confidence, embarrassment, and other issues. Labiaplasty comes with benefits to help resolve these problems for San Francisco-area women.

A labiaplasty can target the darker, larger tissues of the inner vaginal lips for removal. The result is a smoother and lighter-toned mucosa that does not produce friction. In the case where the labia majora is excessively large, more amounts of tissue can be removed.

Women who have oversized vaginal lips (inner or outer) may experience some discomfort when wearing particular types of fitted clothing. Swimsuits, tight-fitting underwear, and skinny jeans can put pressure on the vulva and lead to discomforting symptoms, such as abrasions or rashes. By reducing the labia size, issues related to pressure and friction can be alleviated and provide overall greater comfort.

Feeling comfortable in their body and having a high level of sexual confidence is very important to many women. A labiaplasty procedure can help restore confidence to San Francisco-area women who have larger vaginal lips due to several childbirths. By gently removing the excess vaginal tissues, this surgery can help boost a woman's capability to experience sexual pleasure. Labiaplasty procedures that also involve reduction of the clitoral hood can help further boost sensation in the area.

Is a Labiaplasty Right for Me?

Of all the procedures offered at The Jacobs Center, a labiaplasty is the most intimate. The decision to have this surgery done is obviously very personal, so it is essential to be honest and open with the doctor when explaining your goals, desires, and hopes for the results. Women who choose to have a labiaplasty do so for a variety of reasons, and Dr. Eric Culbertson is willing to listen and encourage open communication to ensure you go into this procedure with the information you need to be confident and positive.

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American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified surgeon for breast & body-focused procedures, Dr. Culbertson personally strives to achieve natural yet undeniable results that bolster one's self esteem and reinforce, rather than change, one's identity.

Moving Forward

At The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that a labiaplasty is a big step for many San Francisco-area women, and our team's goal is to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. If you want to learn more about labiaplasty, don't hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Call the San Francisco office at 415.433.0303 or the Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220.

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