The Difference Between a Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty
Vaginal Rejuvenation is becoming an increasingly common term; used to refer to an overall improvement in both the look and feel of the vagina. Most women do not know, however, that Vaginal Rejuvenation is really a combination of two very different procedures: the Vaginoplasty and the Labiaplasty. Depending on the individual patient’s needs, these techniques can either be performed alone, or combined into one, total rejuvenation package.
The Labiaplasty: to address the bits you can see.
A Labiaplasty specifically addresses the labia minor and majora, also referred to as the vaginal ‘lips’. Women will sometimes experience large, distended, or asymmetrical labia from birth, although the area can also commonly become distorted after childbirth, accidents, or with the aging process. Labia that are stretched or dangling can be physically unattractive, uncomfortable under clothing, and may pinch/pull during sexual intercourse.
To perform a Labiaplasty, excess tissue of the labia minora or labia majora will be removed. The surgeon will sculpt the labia to an aesthetically pleasing shape, then place absorbable sutures for proper healing. The Labiaplasty procedure takes less than an hour to complete; patients are back home the same afternoon. Patients may notice some soreness or discomfort after their procedure, but are able to get back to their normal activities within a few days. Sexual activity should be postponed for four to six weeks, however, until the area has fully healed.
The Vaginoplasty: to address the bits you can feel.
The Vaginoplasty is designed to tighten lax vaginal muscles and tissues. The procedure can correct lost tone and tension due to childbirth, trauma, disease, or the normal aging process.
The Vaginoplasty procedure begins with the removal of excess vaginal lining. The surgeon will then tighten the remaining muscles and soft tissue. Sutures are used to bundle the muscles together and narrow the vaginal opening. The Vaginoplasty will take about an hour to perform, as an outpatient procedure, under full anesthesia. Recovery time will take about a week, but patients should wait a full four to six weeks before resuming sexual activity.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is Houston’s top Vaginal Rejuvenation surgeon. He has over 25 years of experience, is Board Certified in plastic surgery, and has extensive experience with the Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty procedures. To schedule a private, complementary consultation with Dr. Vitenas, contact our Richmond Avenue office at (281) 606-0007. At this time, Dr. Vitenas can assist in determining if the Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty would be right for your individual needs.