Vaginal Rejuvenation – Labiaplasty, Vaginoplasty & More
During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause a hypertrophy or swelling of the labia majora (vulva) and labia minora. The repeated swelling and stretching of these structures with multiple pregnancies may cause a significant permanent enlargement of the labia minora. The large hanging labia may pose both a visual annoyance to a woman as well as a functional nuisance. Such symptoms might include a dislike of the size and appearance of one’s labia, asymmetry of the labia, awkwardness during sexual intercourse, trouble urinating (having to separate labia during urination), recurrent yeast infections in the skin folds from moisture retention, and pain during intercourse or exercise.
Other changes following childbirth include a loosening of the vaginal canal caused by the stretching of the muscles and lining of the vagina and loosening of the muscles of the pelvis. These structures are most affected during the actual birth process, and never fully recover to their native state. This loosening may lead to a lesser degree of sexual pleasure or satisfaction for both the woman and her partner.
Weight gain and the redistribution of body fat over time can also cause a problem for both men and women in the form of enlargement of the mons pubis. The effect of this enlargement is a “hooding” of the genitals, especially in the standing position. For men, this can cause the penis to appear considerably shorter by 2 or more inches. For women, it can cause the appearance of a masculine budge when wearing tight fitting clothing such as swim suits or exercise pants.
During your consultation Dr. Lee will advise you on which type of Genital Rejuvenation is most appropriate for you. The three most popular types of Genital Rejuvenation are Labiaplasty, Vaginoplasty and Mons Pubis reduction.
Common Vaginal Procedures
Labiaplasty is a procedure which reduces or reshapes the labia minora (inner lips) and or labia majora (outer lips) to make them either smaller or symmetrical. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in the office. After the one hour procedure, you can go home and recuperate. The recovery is quick and usually associated with only mild discomfort. Antibiotics and medications are prescribed to keep you comfortable and problem free. Sexual relation may usually be resumed in 2 to 3 weeks.
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure which tightens the vagina. This procedure can be performed under a general or local anesthetic. Redundant vaginal tissue is removed, the muscles of the vaginal canal are tightened, and the vagina is made smaller (narrower). The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform. The recovery is quick and easy. Mild soreness is experienced. Sexual relations may be resumed in about 4 weeks.
Mons Pubis Reduction is a surgical procedure which removes the redundant fatty and connective tissues from the mons pubis. This can be accomplished through liposuction or direct excision. The procedure may be done under local or general anesthesia depending on the patient’s personal preference and circumstances. The procedure lasts about an hour. Recovery is associated with some swelling of the genitals and some mild to moderate discomfort. Sexual relations may be resumed in 1 to 2 weeks.
Other Vaginal Procedures:
Hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure that repairs the hymen by suturing the remains of the ruptured hymen from a previous sexual experience, or strenuous athletic activity. This procedure is popular among strict Islamic women and women of other religions that insist brides must be virgins before marriage. The procedure can also heighten sexual satisfaction because the vaginal walls are tightened.
Reducing the length and protrusion of the clitoral hood and clitoris is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the clitoris. Some women are very self conscious about the projection of the clitoris because they feel like they have a small penis.
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