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There is no such thing as a “normal vagina,” but some women may find that post-pregnancy and childbirth changes and enlarged or elongated labia minora prevents them from feeling confident and comfortable in bathing suits, clothing or in intimate relationships. These concerns are best addressed with vaginal rejuvenation and the common but often undisclosed procedure, labiaplasty.

At Aviva Plastic Surgery, Atlanta Urologic surgeon Dr. Shaya Taghechian strives to help women understand that labiaplasty is a common procedure that improves quality of life and confidence.  To learn more about this increasingly popular women’s wellness procedure, we encourage you to call us at 678-974-8435.  We’re skilled at discussing a variety of the intimate topics with the utmost discretion and sensitivity, and can address any unique labiaplasty question you may have.  

What is Labiaplasty?

While vaginal concerns (such as dryness and laxity common after pregnancy, chemotherapy, and menopause) are best address with vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty, labiaplasty is an aesthetically-driven surgical procedure that corrects elongated, enlarged or uneven labia minora (the inner lips of tissue surrounding the vagina).  For most women, the labia minora are for the most part covered by the labia majora (outer lips).  In others, however, factors like genetics, aging and pregnancy can cause the inner lips to extend beyond the outer lips.  Some women can experience discomfort and irritation with overly long labia minora, leading to discomfort in clothing, with sexual relationships, while other women may just be bothered by the appearance of the labia.  Labiaplasty treatments can address these concerns.  

Why Labiaplasty?

Even though this part of the body may not be visible to most individuals, it can impact several aspects of life.  Discomfort with the appearance of the labia can make some patients feel uncomfortable showing that part of their body to their partner, impacting sexual relationships.  Some women feel self-conscious about showing excessive labial tissue through tight clothing or swimwear.  Elongated or enlarged labia minora can also be feel uncomfortable; for some patients, the large size of the lips can make otherwise simple activities such as exercising or bicycle riding uncomfortable and even painful.

The Benefits of Labiaplasty

Confidence in appearance and healthy function helps our patients look and feel their best every day, and this feeling extends to our patients’ professional, personal, and intimate lives.  In addition to improved self-confidence, labiaplasty treatment brings:

  • Greater comfort wearing tight or more revealing clothes such as bathing suits, athleisure wear, leggings, and more
  • Less pain during intercourse and exercise
  • Permanent results that last the rest of your life

READY TO MAKE INTIMATE WELLNESS A PRIORITY?

Meet with Atlanta’s leading Urologist and Women’s Wellness specialist Dr. Shaya Taghechian and the Aviva team to learn more about how we can help you reach your health and wellness goals.
With impeccable training and a thorough grasp of the latest technology, we take pride in bringing you the latest, innovative treatments and techniques recognized throughout the world. We can’t wait to meet you!

Am I a Candidate for Labiaplasty?

As with any other treatment, labiaplasty is an excellent option for certain patients.  Often, these are women who experience the following:

  • Discomfort or chafing when wearing tight clothing
  • Discomfort or self-consciousness when being intimate
  • Pain or chafing during intercourse
  • Difficultly in placing a tampon
  • Overly voluminous labia minora
  • Uneven labia minora

It’s important to remember that everyone’s body is unique and that there are no “normal” looking labia.

As such, not every woman who thinks she needs labiaplasty should get one.  Body dysmorphia as well as paranoia of what a “normal” vagina looks like can push patients to request labiaplasty when they don’t need it.  Speaking with a trusted and experienced physician like Dr. Taghechian about the reasons why you’re considering the treatment and sharing your concerns is an important step in your treatment journey.  Together, you and Dr. Taghechian can craft the right wellness strategy that ensures you reach your goals while retaining your individuality.

What Should I Expect During My Surgery?

While the concept may seem simple, labiaplasty can become complex depending on the technique being used to remove excess tissue.  Given the sensitivity of the surgical area, the treatment requires a more detailed recovery process to ensure patients achieve their desired results. Ensuring patients are fully prepared to undergo labiaplasty starts by building a close, trusting relationship with each patient.

At Aviva Plastic Surgery, your procedure begins with your first consultation, during which we want to hear all about you, your concerns, and your goals.  From there, Dr. Taghechian performs a thorough examination, develops a customized treatment plan, and explains all available options to help you determine which approach will help you achieve your goals while fulfilling your needs.

In most instances of surgical labiaplasty, excess labial tissue is surgically removed in a length-wise manner.  Another popular option is the wedge technique, during which a wedge of excess tissue is removed and the natural border of your lips remains intact and no longer bothersome.

Unlike other major surgeries, this women’s wellness procedure is often conducted as an outpatient procedure and completed in about an hour.  Dr. Taghechian commonly performs labiaplasty treatments in our luxurious, state-of-the-art office, using the help of relaxing laughing gas (also known as ProNox) and numbing medicine.  In certain cases, Dr. Taghechian combines labiaplasty procedures with other treatments in the operating room and under general anesthesia.  Dissolvable sutures are used to seal the surgical site, and patients return home to rest shortly after completion of treatment.

Labiaplasty FAQs

While approximately 10,000 women undergo labiaplasty treatment yearly in the US, this procedure is rapidly becoming more common.  As women grow more comfortable in discussing their intimate health concerns, the idea of labiaplasty is becoming more acceptable in the medical community.  Nevertheless, what seems like a straightforward procedure, a labiaplasty requires extensive expertise for best outcomes, and Dr. Taghechian recommends meeting with a women’s wellness expert if you are interested in this treatment.

Dr. Taghechian most commonly performs labiaplasty surgery in our office, with the help of relaxing medications, laughing gas, and injectable numbing medicine.  Patients are released home after treatment, with most reporting taking a long nap after treatment.  During their recovery, most patients take 2-4 days off work and school, and are encouraged to wear compressive leggings or shorts.      About 2 weeks following your surgery, patients return to Aviva Plastic Surgery for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Taghechian.  During this visit, she assesses one’s healing progress and provides an updated timeline for recovery.

Most commonly, labiaplasty treatment is a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance.  Dr. Taghechian is not in network with insurance plans at Aviva Plastic Surgery; and all labiaplasty treatments are self-pay at our practice. 

We offer financing options for women’s wellness treatments.  Please inquire with our staff about this at the time of your consultation.

Every patient has individually different anatomy and aesthetic goals; because of this, we encourage individuals interested in labiaplasty treatment to schedule a consultation with our women’s wellness expert in order to receive custom-tailored treatment recommendations and pricing information.  On average, a surgical labiaplasty performed in the office starts around $5,100, while a non-surgical labiaplsty (also called FemTite or the Aviva procedure) starts around $5,600.   

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Labiaplasty Treatment Care Instructions

Dr. Shaya Taghechian and our staff are strongly invested in both a smooth treatment and uncomplicated recovery for our patients. We work with you before and after your labiaplasty treatment to ensure that you are comfortable with the treatment plan and are thoroughly educated about the best before and after treatment care.

We recommend reviewing the Pre- and Post-Treatment Labiaplasty instructions several times prior to and after your treatment.  We want to provide you with the information and tools you need to have an excellent treatment experience.  Please contact our office should you have any questions or concerns about these instructions, your preparation for surgery, or post-treatment recovery. We are here to help!

TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS: SURGICAL LABIAPLASTY

Please read and familiarize yourself with these instructions before and after your labiaplasty. By following them carefully you will assist in obtaining the best result from your surgery. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office.


Pre-operative Instructions

Shave the treatment area completely 2-3 days prior to the procedure.

Do not take any anti-inflammatories or multivitamins starting 7-10 days prior to your procedure (see list of anti-inflammatory medications below).

Start your pre-procedure antibiotics 1 day prior to your procedure.

 

Immediate Labiaplasty Post-Operative Instructions

Immediately following labiaplasty you should remain as flat as possible for the first week.

Apply ice packs to the treated area every 1-2 hours for the first 72 hours while awake, placed over a thin minipad. Ice packs should never be applied directly to the skin.

Using ice packs for the first week as much as possible will greatly help your healing process.

Use of ice packs will markedly reduce the amount of post-operative swelling and discomfort.

It is normal to have swelling and bruising of the labia. This will resolve over the next 2 weeks.

Let soapy water wash over the incision sites at 24 hours after treatment. Do not scrub. Then apply antibiotic ointment to the incision points twice daily for one week. Tiny scabs may appear during the healing process. Please do not pick at the scabs.

Limit physical activity and exposure to excessive heat (including fires) and UV light for 2 weeks.

Avoid swimming and submerging in water the treated areas for 6 weeks after treatment.

Do not shave the treated area for 2 weeks after treatment.


Dressings
The surgical dressings can be removed anytime they are saturated and then replaced with a sanitary napkin or maxipad. There will be bloody or blood-tinged drainage for a minimum of 1- 2 weeks following your labiaplasty.

Apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions twice a day for 14 days. Please apply a thin coating only. Excessive amounts of ointment are not necessary.

You may switch to an Aloe Vera ointment after 2 weeks.


Pain Medication
Take Ibuprofen 800mg every 8 hours with food for the first 3-5 days after treatment. This can be alternated or combined with 2 regular Tylenol (325mg) every 8 hours. Both medications will help to reduce swelling and decrease your overall need for stronger pain medications.

Activities
Most patients will experience relatively minor discomfort after a labiaplasty. However, some patients do experience moderate to severe swelling that can cause much discomfort. Diligent post-operative application of ice packs may reduce swelling thereby reducing pain.

Patients who experience minimal swelling and bleeding should be able to resume sedentary work activities within a few days, resume light exercise at one week, and have no restrictions after 2 weeks (following your postoperative visit).

Patients with more excessive swelling and discomfort may want to limit their activities until they feel comfortable and gradually progress to their normal activities.

No intercourse for 6 weeks post-procedure.

Sexual Activities
As a general rule, you may resume sexual activity 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. This is totally patient-dependent. We will let you know when you are sufficiently healed.

Healing of sensory nerves
The skin of the labia may be partially numb for several months while the wounds are healing. Permanent numbness is very rare.


Call us at 678-974-8435 (even outside normal office hours) if you have:
• Significant bleeding from the surgical site
• A fever over 100.4° F within the first three days following the procedure
• Significant pain in the area that is not relieved with pain relievers
• Drainage from the site or redness around the surgical site

Trust a Female Surgeon for the Best Labiaplasty in Atlanta and Sandy Springs, GA

Our mission at Aviva Plastic Surgery is simple – help patients achieve greater confidence.  By offering labiaplasty in a welcoming, professional environment, Dr. Taghechian and our experienced staff have helped many women understand that labiaplasty is a common procedure that makes life better in many ways.  To learn more about this women’s wellness procedure, call 678-974-8435.  You can also use our online form to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Taghechian today!