What is Labiaplasty?
Although it's not often discussed openly, many women stress over the appearance of their vaginal lips, which frequently leads to reduced confidence and less satisfying sexual encounters. To address this common concern, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson can help San Diego, CA women feel more attractive and comfortable with surgical vaginal rejuvenation to reduce or improve the shape and size of the labia. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can become stretched or develop hanging skin due to genetics, natural aging, childbirth, pregnancy, or injury. A labiaplasty surgically decreases the size of the labia minora to create an appearance that is more pleasing. This surgery can also reduce irritation and discomfort while increasing sexual pleasure and confidence. If you're interested in improving your self-confidence and sexual health, we invite you to schedule an appointment at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to learn about labiaplasty and find out if you could be a candidate.
What Are The Benefits Of Labiaplasty?
- Reduced pain, discomfort, and irritation
- Improved health and hygiene
- Enhanced sexual pleasure
- Increased aesthetic appeal
- Increased comfort
- Boosted confidence
- Ability to wear more revealing clothing
"SO Happy I Found Dr. Laverson! - Encinitas, CA - I feel so grateful I found Dr. Laverson. He is a PERFECTIONIST - he takes his job very seriously. He wanted my feedback throughout the consultation and procedure, to make sure I was getting what I want. Both Dr. Laverson and his staff are extremely professional and kind. So it's really the best of both worlds: a doctor who is a highly skilled surgeon who focuses on getting the results you want, PLUS a doctor who is kind, respectful, and makes you feel totally comfortable. I can't say enough about him. As far as the labiaplasty goes, it had been something that had bothered me for years! I didn't realize how popular, and affordable, the surgery is. The result was PERFECT. Dr. Laverson was extremely careful to create a beautiful result that ended my years of discomfort! Yes, the recovery for the first couple of weeks was extremely uncomfortable, but it's temporary. I am so happy I did it. If that area bothers you, get a consultation. It's free and you can see for yourself how awesome Dr. Laverson is! I couldn't imagine going to any other plastic surgeon, because I already found the best!!!"- M. / RealSelf / Oct 17, 2015
"Labiaplasty Finally - FINALLY! This has bugged me for years. Yes from the visual standpoint, but mostly the everyday annoyances of constantly adjusting my underwear, my labia sticking to the outer part of my vagina, my labia bulge in a bikini and then the discomfort during intercourse. I was fed up! I researched MANY doctors since June of this year and finally made my decision on Dr. Laverson in San Diego. WHY?It started with my dialogue with Cherise, the office manger. She was very informative, quick to respond to my questions and then when I finally went in for a consult she was very welcoming and made me extremely comfortable. The final deciding factor was how meticulous Dr. Laverson was even in the consult. His bedside manner is exceptional both prior and during surgery. Not to mention his nurse Courtany was beyond amazing! I will be keeping and posting pictures and updates as I heal so everyone can see the full process along the way. It's only been one day and although I'm very swollen, I am already excited I don't see extra skin hanging down, I can't wait or the final results!"- C. / RealSelf / Oct 04, 2019
"Dr. Laverson's office is clean, modern and beautiful. Same for the staff. Everyone I have interacted with at this point has been very helpful and easy to talk to. I've had a lot of questions and they have been very helpful without making me feel silly. Dr. Laverson acknowledged that labiaplasty is very personal and can be uncomfortable to discuss, but he assured me I was normal and so were my feelings and concerns. He asked what I wanted and gave me his opinion and told me what he thought would be best. He was completely professional and had a kind bedside manner. I had just come from another consultation where I was not treated with such sensitivity. Also, that first doctor was going to charge me $600 LESS than Dr. Laverson, but I feel so much more comfortable with Laverson and his staff, it's worth paying for it."- K.B. / RealSelf / Jun 20, 2021
"Labiaplasty Finally - FINALLY! This has bugged me for years. Yes from the visual standpoint, but mostly the everyday annoyances of constantly adjusting my underwear, my labia sticking to the outer part of my vagina, my labia bulge in a bikini and then the discomfort during intercourse. I was fed up! I researched MANY doctors since June of this year and finally made my decision on Dr. Laverson in San Diego. WHY?It started with my dialogue with Cherise, the office manger. She was very informative, quick to respond to my questions and then when I finally went in for a consult she was very welcoming and made me extremely comfortable. The final deciding factor was how meticulous Dr. Laverson was even in the consult. His bedside manner is exceptional both prior and during surgery. Not to mention his nurse Courtany was beyond amazing! I will be keeping and posting pictures and updates as I heal so everyone can see the full process along the way. It's only been one day and although I'm very swollen, I am already excited I don't see extra skin hanging down, I can't wait or the final results! Updated on 26 Oct 2019:I was told firmly DO NO LOOK righter after surgery. So what do I o? I look and snap pictures! Yes the swelling and bruising is a bit brutal the first couple day but here’s my lifesaving tips:1. Have 2 bendable Ice packs in the freezer go hon you get home. ICE was my BFF the first week!2. The doctor sends you home with a goodie bag, USE the products they work! 3. Buy seamless granny underwear! (I actually bought one off moon that were among) All I own are cotton thongs and the cotton feels like sand paper! 4. Buy a TUB of Vaniply OINTMENT not the cream. It work wonders for the healing and itching.5. I’m a side sleeper- get. Big puffy pillow to rest between your knees! Updated on 26 Oct 2019:Amazing how quick you recover!"- C. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2020
Is Vaginal Rejuvenation Right For Me?
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic can be beneficial for San Diego, CA women who are self-conscious about the shape and size of their labia. This vital feminine feature can become enlarged as a result of childbirth, genetics, or physical trauma. As a result, abnormal vaginal lips may cause discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities, like sex and exercise. Labiaplasty can also help those who avoid wearing certain clothing (like swimsuits, leggings, or yoga pants) due to the appearance of their labia. While labia surgery shouldn't impact your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Laverson recommends you wait until you are done childbearing to have this procedure. This may prevent compromising your results later down the line.
How is Labia Enhancement Performed?
Many labiaplasty procedures can be completed in our office with a local anesthetic so you may drive yourself to and from our office. If your treatment plan is more complex, you may need to be put under general anesthesia, which will require you to have a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure. Dr. Laverson can talk about your treatment plan and more during your consultation so you can make the appropriate arrangements. Although there are many techniques that could be employed, Dr. Laverson most frequently uses a variation of the wedge technique. This particular method involves making a V-shaped incision into each side of the labia minora and suturing the incision closed to reduce its size while maintaining its natural edge. Your specific surgery will be entirely personalized to meet your unique needs and goals.
What Can I Expect After My Labiaplasty?
You will need around one week to heal following your labiaplasty. This will give time for discomfort and swelling to disappear before you return to your normal activities. You will not be allowed to have sexual activity or use tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks following your surgery. Patients usually see visible results in around six weeks with their final results emerging around six months after the procedure. The improvements of vaginal rejuvenation are long-lasting; however, weight fluctuations, natural aging, and childbirth can impact your result.
Your sensation will be preserved, and both the appearance and function of your labia will be improved. Unlike other plastic surgeons, Dr. Laverson performs this surgery with optical magnification to achieve precision in every aspect of the result. The modified wedge technique we favor produces a trim, feminine appearance with no visible scar. Rather than overly reducing the size of your labia, Dr. Laverson is careful to remove just the amount needed. If you would like additional tissue removed once you have fully healed from your first surgery, this can easily be accomplished with a second procedure.
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
The total cost of your labiaplasty will depend on several factors. In your initial consultation with Dr. Laverson, he will understand your needs and wants before developing your customized surgical plan. Once you have decided on your options for your vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Laverson can estimate your costs. The San Diego Cosmetic Clinic accepts several payment methods and can provide you with information on low-interest medical financing.
Should I choose a doctor or OB/GYN?
As you research surgical vaginal rejuvenation, you may discover that a number of OB/GYNs (obstetricians and gynecologists) perform labiaplasty. Although some OB/GYNs are capable of performing a labiaplasty, this may not be your best option. An OB/GYN can surgically remove loose skin from your vaginal lips, but a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Laverson, will focus on other aspects as well. To perform labiaplasty, he utilizes advanced cosmetic techniques to ensure your absolute best outcome.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
Like most surgeries, you may have some numbness in the treated area for a while. This is temporary as your skin and vaginal lips recover. For those concerned about sexual sensitivity, it's important to realize that a labiaplasty addresses the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Laverson with years of training and experience in performing vaginal rejuvenation surgery, will avoid the clitoris to prevent desensitizing the area.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Laverson will go over what to expect following your labiaplasty and give you tips to make your recovery more comfortable. You should expect to see some swelling and bruising in the treated areas, as well as minor discomfort right after your procedure. You need to stay home for at least a week before resuming non-strenuous activities. Dr. Laverson will evaluate your progress during your check-up appointments and let you know when you can resume sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
Our office provides several nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments, all of which may help to improve mild to moderate vaginal laxity. However, vaginal rejuvenation is better for dramatic improvements to reshape and tighten your labia. During your one-on-one with Dr. Laverson, he will discuss your surgical and nonsurgical treatment options and give you suggestions based on your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Take Control of Your Feminine Features
Each and every vagina is unique, and there are numerous factors that can affect the appearance, function, and comfort of your vaginal lips. To address any concerns you may have, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson provides customized vaginal rejuvenation surgery for women all across San Diego, CA and beyond. If the size and shape of your labia minora have had a negative impact on your self-esteem, schedule a one-on-one consultation at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic.
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