Vaginal rejuvenation, a term used to describe plastic surgery on female genitalia, has seen a steady rise in interest over the past few years. Labiaplasty, in particular, is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the world with an increase of 45% between 2015 and 2016, according to a study by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Women sometimes seek these forms of plastic surgery after childbirth, as part of a Mommy Makeover, but may also consider it after significant weight loss or to combat the effects of aging. Whatever the reason for seeking vaginal rejuvenation, an increase in self-confidence is the sought-after result.
San Diego plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Chasan, offers the vaginal rejuvenation procedure at Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery in Del Mar, north of San Diego. Learn more about his procedures, including labiaplasty, and schedule an appointment to discuss your options.
What Is a Labiaplasty?
Of all forms of vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty is the most common. Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess tissue to reduce the size of the labia minora and/or majora in order to make them smaller or symmetrical. Known as labia hypertrophy, this condition can be caused by genetics or can result from natural childbirth. While some women choose to undergo labiaplasty due to irritation and discomfort caused by enlarged labia, which makes it difficult to ride a bicycle, horse or even perform day-to-day activities, others may choose it for purely cosmetic reasons.
Although labiaplasty can be performed on both the inner and outer labia, it’s most commonly done on the inner labia to shorten the length so that they don’t hang below the outer. By using the “Beverly Hills” technique, your San Diego plastic surgeon will remove a wedge of the labia minora. This method minimizes scarring and has a quick recovery time.
What to Expect During Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation plastic surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that takes between one to two hours. After a short period of observation, you will be allowed to go home under the care of friend or family member. Your doctor will provide specific instructions regarding your post-surgery routine and what you can expect while you heal, such as bruising and swelling. Most patients return to work within five to seven days. It should be noted that sexual intercourse should be avoided for four to eight weeks, with vaginoplasty having a longer recovery time than labiaplasty.
Is Vaginal Rejuvenation Covered By Insurance?
Vaginal rejuvenation is typically considered an elective surgery and is therefore not covered by insurance. There are a few cases where it may be deemed medically necessary.
What’s the Next Step?
Rancho Coast Plastic Surgery is one of the top San Diego plastic surgery offices. Book a consultation with our San Diego plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Chasan, to discuss your next steps and begin your vaginal rejuvenation journey.