Labia. Every woman has them. For some, the labia are a complete non-issue, just another part of the flower that we call the vagina. What we are finding more and more, however, is that there are numerous women for whom the external genitalia are a frustrating and uncomfortable problem. Dr. Regina Rosenthal is known throughout the Silicon Valley as one of the finest surgeons for face and body work. She understands the emotional impact that a woman may feel if her labia are too long, oversized, or misshapen.
What is the Point of a Labiaplasty?
There is no “cookie-cutter” woman; we do not live in Stepford. Of course, even the Stepford Wives probably differed in their nether-parts. The size and shape of each woman’s labia minora (inner lips) and labia majora (outer lips) will vary. The inner lips may begin to enlarge during puberty, and may also become stretched during pregnancy and childbirth. In some cases, they go back to their original size over time. When they do not, a woman may feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, and she may lose sensitivity to sexual stimulation. Labiaplasty can change all that.
There are two different ways in which labiaplasty may be performed. Outer skin may be snipped and trimmed, or a section of the labia may be removed to reduce bulkiness. During a consultation and evaluation, Dr. Rosenthal can discuss which approach may be best suited to the desired result.
Labiaplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using a light form of sedation, which means you are not “out” during the minor surgery. The effects of anesthesia make it so that you do not feel uncomfortable or fearful, but very relaxed. Surgery is often completed in less than two hours, but you will remain in the facility for another short while so that you may be monitored for recovery. Due to anesthesia, it is necessary to have a friend or loved one escort you home.
Is a Labiaplasty Worth it?
The recovery from labiaplasty surgery includes a week or two of swelling and a bit of discomfort, which can be helped with prescription medication. Most patients need to have someone in the home with them to assist with preparing food and household tasks. This is a minor inconvenience compared to the renewed sense of confidence women report after decreasing the size of their labia. Not only do patients report feeling more satisfied with their appearance, but most also say that sexual pleasure is restored.
If you want to know more about labiaplasty surgery & vaginal rejuvenation, consult with an experienced surgeon with a reputation that precedes her. Call the San Jose area office of Dr. Regina Rosenthal at (408) 559-4700.