Our Santa Rosa patients have many questions about labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation. Read on to get the answers to the most common of these questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation?
There is often confusion about the difference between labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation at our Santa Rosa practice. To tell them apart, it’s important to have a good understanding of the female anatomy.
- Vaginal rejuvenation, or vaginoplasty, limits its focus to the vaginal canal. Although it can improve the look of this area, the primary objective of vaginal rejuvenation is restoring tone and muscle tightness, especially after childbirth. Vaginal rejuvenation can make sex more enjoyable for a woman as well as her partner, enhancing quality of life.
- Labiaplasty improves the appearance of the labia minora and may also enhance the function and appearance of other external structures, such as the clitoral hood. These areas may be naturally fleshy or asymmetrical, or they may lose their shape after childbirth, trauma, or aging. Regardless of the cause, most of these concerns can be improved by surgery.
How much does cosmetic genital surgery cost?
The cost of labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties is dependent on a few different factors, so it’s difficult to provide an accurate number over the Internet. In general, patients undergoing these procedures can expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000 depending on the specifics of each procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, you’ll receive a written quote that reflects your surgical plan.
How do I know if I need cosmetic genital surgery?
Although most women who undergo these procedures don’t physically require surgery, labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation can vastly improve a woman’s enjoyment of her body and her life. Generally speaking, good candidates for cosmetic genital surgery are women who experience physical discomfort due to elongated or misshapen labia. Excessive skin around the clitoris that diminishes sexual well-being or any appearance that causes embarrassment or psychological discomfort can usually be alleviated by surgery. At our practice, we emphasize that patients should undergo cosmetic surgery for their own personal fulfillment, not because they feel pressured to do so by someone else.
Should I see a gynecologist or a plastic surgeon for this kind of procedure?
Many OB/GYNs now perform cosmetic genital surgery in addition to their other services. Although we believe that a board-certified plastic surgeon is usually the best option for plastic surgery, either specialist may be a good option.
When choosing a surgeon, it’s important to do plenty of research. Ask the doctor if you can see before-and-after photos of his or her previous patients, and check out online reviews on sites such asRealSelf.. Examine his or her credentials closely, and ask plenty of questions during your consultation. Don’t be afraid to shop around until you find the best match for you.
What are the potential risks of this type of surgery?
Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation are generally safe procedures that are no more or less risky than other types of plastic surgery. Complications related to anesthesia, as well as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage are possible but unlikely at Plastic Surgery Associates. Our surgeons take careful steps before, during, and after surgery to reduce the risk of complications as much as possible and ensure effective, long-lasting results.
How else can I improve the look of this part of my body?
Some other options for improving the appearance of the genitals include liposuction of the mons pubis or labia majora to reduce the amount of fat under the skin and reduce the appearance of a prominent “bulge” in swimwear or undergarments. Conversely, the same area can be enhanced with autologous fat grafts for a plump, youthful appearance. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas help you decide which of these options, if any, are appropriate for you.