The reasons women pursue plastic surgery are just as varied and diverse as the patients themselves. We understand that the decision to undergo cosmetic genital surgery, such as vaginoplasty or labiaplasty, at our Santa Rosa practice is intensely personal. Whether it’s to improve your comfort during exercise, enhance your confidence, or reinvigorate your sex life, the surgeons and staff at Plastic Surgery Associates have the experience, knowledge, and sensitivity to help you reach your goals.
Request a free consultation online at Plastic Surgery Associates or call (707) 537-2111 to learn more about your options for female genital cosmetic surgery.
Your Procedure Options
Vaginal rejuvenation focuses on the vaginal canal, a delicate area that can be stretched or damaged as the result of childbirth, aging, or other factors. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation at our Santa Rosa practice can make sexual activity more enjoyable for both you and your partner, boosting your personal confidence and enhancing your overall well-being.
Labiaplasty addresses the external genital area, collectively called the vulva. Many women are bothered by labia minora (inner lips) that are stretched or asymmetrical, while others may feel self-conscious of large or sagging labia majora (outer lips). Still other women may wish to augment their labia majora with fat grafting for a more pronounced appearance. These procedures, which may be performed together, are highly customizable. Our surgeons adjust their surgical techniques to suit your specific wishes.
Clitoral Hood Reduction, or Clitoropexy, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce excess clitoral hood skin that covers the clitoris. clitoral hood. In most instances, a clitoral hood reduction is performed at the time of a labiaplasty. In instances when a labiaplasty is performed without reduction of a clitoral hood with excess skin, the result can look top heavy, and can be a source of embarrassment. Thus, to achieve a balanced appearance in the patient with abundant skin, a clitoral hood reduction is an important companion to a labiaplasty in many patients. At Plastic Surgery Associates, the procedure is an out-patient surgical procedure, usually performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. After the excess tissue is removed, and the incisions closed with absorbable suture, healing from both labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction takes about a week. The symptoms associated with labiaplasty can be relief, and the improved appearance afterward when appropriately combined with a clitoral hood reduction can contribute to improved self-confidence.
Labia Majoraplasty : The labia majora and labia minora are the folds of tissue surrounding the opening of the vagina. The labia majora (or the outer, hair-bearing lips) can be large or empty and hanging. Some women experience self-consciousness when wearing a bathing suit or yoga pants, and they can cause pain and discomfort when wearing tight pants. Cyclists may experience enlargement from the constant pressure of being in a saddle. A labia majoraplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess tissue to create proportionate, natural-looking labia. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales perform this procedure at Plastic Surgery Associates in an outpatient facility. Downtime is typically one week. After the swelling is gone, patients often express their renewed self-confidence and their improved comfort.
Viveve™, from Viveve, is a unique treatment created for improving vaginal laxity, stress urinary incontinence, dryness, and labia majora appearance without surgery or downtime. After a single radio frequency (RF) treatment, vaginal tightness and lubrication can improve significantly, improving sexual function. In a multi-center, international, blinded study, this treatment was found to result in significant improvement in vaginal tightening and improved sexual satisfaction. Most women can see improved vaginal health and sexual wellness last for up to twelve months before a repeat treatment is needed. Vivevetechnique requires no anesthesia or downtime. Women are back to their normal routine the same afternoon.
FemTouch is a non-surgical CO₂ laser treatment for vaginal laxity, dryness, and stress urinary incontinence. The laser treatment takes only a few minutes to perform. Up to four treatments are performed.
ThermiVa uses heat from radiofrequency waves for non-surgical treatment of vaginal laxity, dryness, stress urinary incontinence, and labia majora appearance. A series of three treatments done four to six weeks apart, can increase sexual sensations, as well as improve symptoms of dryness and stress urinary incontinence. Maintenance retreatment is done every 3 to 6 months.
Glossary of the Female Anatomy
|Clitoris:||The visible portion of this complex structure is typically pea-sized and located at the crest of the labia minora, near the front of the vulva.|
|Clitoral hood:||The skin that partially covers the clitoris. The clitoral hood is also called the prepuce.|
|Labia majora:||These fleshy folds are also referred to as the “outer lips” of the vulva. Their main purpose is to protect the other structures of the vulva.|
|Labia minora:||These folds, or “inner lips,” are hairless and smaller than the labia majora. They are positioned closer to the vaginal opening.|
|Mons pubis:||This area, also called the “pubic mound,” is the portion of soft, fleshy tissue that sits over the pubic bone.|
|Vagina:||The canal that connects the uterus to the outside of the body.|
|Vulva:||This term refers to the external female sexual organs collectively. Many people mistakenly call this area the vagina.|
Request a free consultation online at Plastic Surgery Associates or call 707-537-2111 to learn more about female genital cosmetic surgery.
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.
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 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 appea 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.