Some women may be self-conscious about their intimate anatomy or labia, and may experience discomfort with wearing tight clothing, exercising, or sexual intercourse. It is common for labial tissue to increase in size and change in shape after childbirth, hormonal changes, weight loss, or aging. These changes may adversely affect one’s self-confidence, exercise routines, and sexual function.
While surgical labiaplasty (a procedure which typically relies on removing excessive labial tissue) has been a traditional treatment for labial concerns, more and more women now want a minimally-invasive, non-excisional treatment option. The AVIVA or FemTite Scarless Labiaplasty procedure provides an alternative to surgical labiaplasty.
Dr. Shaya Taghechian, our Board-Certified Urologist, specializes in women’s wellness and sexual health. She is the only physician in Georgia and the Southeastern Unites States who offers the AVIVA or FemTite Scarless Labiaplasty treatment—an innovative, non-surgical option for improving the look and feel of the labia. Dr. Taghechian has years of experience treating patients for a variety of vaginal and labial concerns, including vaginal prolapse, post-menopausal vaginitis, stress urinary incontinence, and overactive bladder.
The Scarless Labiaplasty, also known as the AVIVA or FemTite treatment, is an office procedure Dr. Taghechian performs with the help of injectable numbing medicine and laughing gas (also known as ProNox) without cutting or stitches. Instead of traditional tissue-excision surgery resulting in long scars and extensive healing, Dr. Taghechian uses Radiofrequency (RF) technology to tighten and reduce the size of the labia without the risks associated with traditional surgical labiaplasty. After scarless labiaplasty, downtime is minimal, with patients typically returning to work within 1-3 days of treatment.
Surgical labiaplasty is a long-standing procedure that usually addresses excessive, asymmetric, or stretched labial tissue by removing it. During surgical labiaplasty, the surgeon cuts and removes a wedge-shaped or length-wise piece of labial tissue, subsequently placing stitches along the cut to close it. In contrast, a non-surgical labiaplasty avoids cutting and sutures by using radiofrequency heat to tighten the labial tissues.
During the scarless non-surgical labiaplasty treatment, Dr. Taghechian uses a slim probe (about the size of a spaghetti noodle) to bring gentle heating to the tissues of the labia, providing an immediate tightening result and stimulating the formation of collagen and elastin. The result is additional tissue tightening over several months after treatment. An additional advantage afforded by scarless labiaplasty is Dr. Taghechian’s ability to treat tissues around the vagina and urethra as well, with the potential for improving vaginal dryness and stress urinary incontinence.
Women who are bothered by the appearance of their labia may be good candidates for non-surgical labiaplasty. Likewise, women who feel that excessively long, asymmetric, or stretched labia interfere with their daily activities or sexual function may consider the AVIVA or FemTite non-surgical labiaplasty treatment. Another group of candidates includes women with mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence (or trouble holding in urine with activities such as sneezing or exercise); some of these individuals may avoid invasive pelvic surgery with the help of the AVIVA or FemTite radiofrequency treatment.
Dr. Taghechian is thrilled to be able to offer the AVIVA scarless labiaplasty treatment to her female patients. She believes that women should not be afraid or embarrassed to speak up about their vaginal and labial issues, especially when there are painless and innovative ways for them to get relief. As a woman, mother, and highly trained and experienced Urologic Surgeon, Dr. Taghechian brings a special level of expertise to the realm of intimate health and wellness, and sexual health and function. She will put you right at ease from your first meeting and make sure to answer all of your questions.
If you are a woman in generally good health and are bothered by the appearance or function of your labia—and if you want to avoid the long scars and downtime of a traditional surgical labiaplasty—you may be a good candidate for the AVIVA or FemTite scarless labiaplasty treatment. Likewise, if you suffer from mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence (or trouble holding urine with activities such as coughing, laughing, or exercise), you should consult with Dr. Taghechian to see if the non-surgical AVIVA or FemTite treatment can help you.
Dr. Taghechian typically performs her scarless labiaplasty treatment with relaxing laughing gas (also called ProNox) and injected numbing medication. The majority of patients do very well with this treatment, and enjoy the lack of sedation and the ability to drive themselves home after treatment. For very anxious patients, Dr. Taghechian typically prescribes an additional relaxing medication, such as Valium or Xanax.
Yes, scarless labiaplasty is a state-of-the-art, innovative treatment. Dr. Taghechian, an experienced Urologist, is one of the very few physicians in the United States who is trained and certified to perform non-surgical labiaplasty. While scarless labiaplasty is a new treatment does not mean it is experimental or unproven. Literature shows a high patient and physician satisfaction rate and good response in the appropriately selected treatment candidates undergoing scarless labiaplasty.
No. During the scarless labiaplasty treatment, Dr. Taghechian uses a small needle to create a tiny opening in the skin of the labia, placing a slim probe into the labial tissue. The scarless labiaplasty treatment is based on controlled radiofrequency heating of the labial tissues, and does not involve cutting or removing tissue. Unlike the traditional surgical labiaplasty, the AVIVA scarless labiaplasty is not associated with scars.
The discomfort after non-surgical labiaplasty is limited for most patients. Mild tenderness and swelling are usually well managed with anti-inflammatory medications (such as Tylenol) and compressive yoga pants. The majority of patients return to work and most social activities within 1-3 days after treatment.
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