Painful sex, discomfort during exercise, irritation from normal physical activities, and cosmetic concerns are just a few of the reasons women choose labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves trimming the inner “lips” of a woman’s vulva for medical or cosmetic reasons. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is one of the leading board-certified plastic surgeons for labiaplasty in Newport Beach and Orange County. She and her team at LEA Plastic Surgery take pride in providing patients with world-class care.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that shortens the length of the labia minora to reduce irritation and pain during sexual intercourse. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with labia minora that protrude past the labia majora, some women in Newport Beach seek labiaplasty because they feel self-conscious about the appearance of their inner labia and wish to trim it so that it is concealed by the outer lips. Labiaplasty corrects the following issues:
- Overly large labia
- Misshapen labia
- Asymmetrical labia
- Other cosmetic concerns of the labia minora
Another procedure that is often performed with a labiaplasty is a clitoral hood reduction. When the labia minora is reduced during labiaplasty, the clitoral hood is often exaggerated. Reducing its size during feminine rejuvenation surgery in Newport Beach can help balance the appearance of the genitalia and help women feel more confident during intimacy.
In addition to trimming the inner labia and clitoral hood, some patients wish to have fat removed from an enlarged labia majora to make it smaller and to improve its contour. This procedure is known as labia majoraplasty.
Similarly, patients who have undergone significant weight loss or experienced aging-related volume loss may want to replace volume in the labia majora. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva most commonly uses fat grafting to correct this.
About Feminine Rejuvenation
Feminine rejuvenation, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, refers to both surgical treatments and non-surgical procedures performed to improve the appearance and function of genital and vaginal tissue.
Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed to address a range of concerns, including a lack of lubrication, urinary incontinence, and vaginal laxity due to age or childbirth.
For many of these concerns, non-surgical energy-based treatments are used to heat the tissue and enhance collagen production to tighten the vaginal canal (also known as vaginoplasty). There are two main non-surgical treatments used for vaginal rejuvenation procedures in Newport Beach and Orange County:
- Radiofrequency: RF devices heat the tissue using electromagnetic waves to tighten the vaginal opening and vaginal walls.
- CO2 laser: This laser treatment heats the outer layers of tissue, causing the inner layers to produce more collagen, thereby firming and tightening the skin.
Women who undergo vaginal rejuvenation often do so to correct vaginal laxity caused by stretching of tissue and muscle separation, which takes place during childbirth. RF and laser procedures have proven to successfully treat these frustrating issues for women seeking feminine rejuvenation in Newport Beach.
Good Candidates for Feminine Rejuvenation & Labiaplasty
Good candidates for the labiaplasty procedure in Newport Beach include women who have long or enlarged labia minora, often protruding past the labia majora and causing discomfort or lack of self-confidence.
Feminine rejuvenation in Orange County is often a good choice for women who have had children and wish to tighten their vaginal canal. Other ideal candidates include postmenopausal women suffering from vaginal dryness and laxity of the skin.
The Consultation for Labiaplasty & Feminine Rejuvenation
As with any cosmetic procedure, labiaplasty and feminine rejuvenation require a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon before the procedure can be scheduled. This is necessary to assess candidacy and to ensure that the procedure is a good fit for the patient’s needs.
Prospective labiaplasty patients in Newport Beach and Orange County can schedule a consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva at LEA Plastic Surgery. During this initial meeting, patients will discuss surgical goals, any current medical conditions and medications, and any previous surgeries.
During your consultation, Dr. Ho Taghva will evaluate your general health and assess any risk factors. Together you will discuss your options for treatment. The surgeon will also go over likely outcomes of vaginal rejuvenation surgery and determine the type of anesthesia that will be used.
It’s important to come prepared for the consultation. Have a list of questions and any concerns you may have regarding the procedure. Some anxiety is natural and you are encouraged to share these feelings with the doctor. Keeping an open line of communication will help to achieve the best possible surgical outcome.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva typically performs labiaplasty in Newport Beach as an outpatient procedure, under general anesthesia or local anesthesia, depending on the patient’s needs.
The vaginal rejuvenation procedure is performed at GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, a Medicare Accredited facility located next door to LEA Plastic Surgery.
Medicare accreditation is the highest level available for this type of surgery center and patient safety is Dr. Ho Taghva’s top priority.
Labia reduction surgery has advanced in recent years and the procedure is now performed with minimal incisions. When there is minimal labial tissue to be reduced, a laser may be used. Surgical methods include the trim method and the wedge method.
The trim method is the most common and involves creating an incision to remove the edge of the labia minora. Many women choose this technique as they wish to remove the dark edge of the inner labia. This method requires careful attention to where the clitoris meets the two trimmed sides, otherwise, the transition may look uneven.
The wedge technique is a newer method that removes a wedge of excess skin in the shape of a “V” from both sides of the labia. The edges are then sutured together. This type of incision allows for less stress on the sutures and therefore less scarring. This technique does not remove the dark edges of the labia minora.
Another variation of the wedge method is known as the “Z-incision”, due to a zigzag-shaped incision. During your consultation, Dr. Ho Taghva can recommend the right method for you.
Labiaplasty & Feminine Rejuvenation Recovery
Full recovery from labiaplasty surgery typically takes about a month. Most feminine rejuvenation patients in Newport Beach return to work within three to five days. Patients can resume exercising after about two to three weeks following surgery. Sexual intercourse is allowed after about a month.
Frequently Asked Questions about Labiaplasty & Feminine Rejuvenation
Vaginal rejuvenation refers to various vaginal corrective procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Vaginal rejuvenation is also called feminine rejuvenation and treats problems women experience after childbirth or following menopause. Conditions that can be improved with feminine rejuvenation include vaginal laxity, urinary incontinence, and vaginal dryness.
Yes, additional treatment options to enhance the vaginal area include laser treatment, which tightens the vaginal opening, as well as kegel/pelvic floor exercises which strengthen the vaginal muscles.
Many women experience discomfort due to having enlarged or long labia minora which extends past the labia majora. Aside from discomfort during sex and exercise, some women are embarrassed by the way their labia protrude and choose to correct the issue with surgery.
When is a laser used for vaginal rejuvenation?
Laser rejuvenation is a non-hormonal, non-surgical treatment to improve vaginal health by stimulating healthy cell growth to provide lubrication to the vaginal lining. Laser vaginal rejuvenation can also grow new collagen which strengthens and plumps the vaginal walls. Other types of lasers can tighten and tone the entire vaginal canal.
What should you ask your surgeon during the consultation for vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty?
Some good questions to ask the surgeon during your labiaplasty consultation in Newport Beach include:
- What do I need to do before and after the procedure to get the best results?
- What surgical technique will be used?
- How are complications handled if any arise?
- What are the possible risks of surgery?
- What are my options if I am not satisfied with the outcome of the procedure?
It’s important to take an active role in your surgery and come to the consultation prepared with a list of questions. While the surgeon should answer many of them before you even ask, having this list ahead of time will ensure there are no lingering questions in your mind and help you make the right decision for your body and health.
What are the possible risks and complications of labiaplasty?
As with all surgeries, labiaplasty is not without risks. Possible complications include hematoma, scarring, and infection. Dr. Ho Taghva makes every effort to minimize these risks.
Where is labiaplasty performed in Newport Beach?
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva performs labiaplasty and feminine rejuvenation in Orange County at GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, a Medicare Accredited Surgery Center (the highest level of accreditation for outpatient ambulatory surgery centers).
How do I choose a plastic surgeon for labiaplasty or feminine rejuvenation in Orange County?
Selecting the right labiaplasty expert in Newport Beach is the most important part of the cosmetic surgery process. It is critical that you do extensive research and make sure the surgeon you choose has a high level of training and experience in performing vaginal rejuvenation surgeries. They should be board-certified and have a good reputation among patients.
Make sure to look at the before and after photos and read up on the surgeon’s qualifications. You should also check patient reviews. This information will clue you in on any red flags or give you the green light to schedule a consultation. From there, you can decide for yourself.
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is a board-certified and Ivy League-trained plastic surgeon with a strong reputation throughout Orange County and beyond for achieving the best results for her patients. To request a consultation with Dr. Ho Taghva for feminine rejuvenation, call her Newport Beach office at 949.945.2168.