While labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation are both surgical procedures of the female genitalia, they differ in several ways. Labiaplasty surgery is designed to reduce the size of the labia minora in order to decrease discomfort and improve cosmesis. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery is a reconstructive procedure that tightens the vaginal opening and vaginal canal.
The labia minora are located inside the labia majora and consists of two folds of tissue surrounding the opening of the vagina. Just like breast size or height, the labia minora can be enlarged or asymmetric from birth or may develop these changes gradually over time. Regardless of the reason, an enlarged or asymmetric labia minora can result in painful intercourse, difficulty finding comfortable exercise clothing, irritation of the groin area, and dissatisfaction with the overall external appearance. Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction in size or adjustment of appearance of the labia minora. It is used to improve external appearance, correct asymmetries, and/or address discomfort experienced during exercise, sex, walking, sitting, and other activities of daily living.
Dr. Traci Temmen usually performs labiaplasty surgery under local anesthesia as in in-office procedure. Patients can drive themselves to the office, drive home, and the surgery itself takes about 30-45 minutes. Clitoral hood reduction, double fold excisions, perineoplasty, labia majora reduction, and fat transfer to the labia majora can often be done at the same time. The recovery time for labiaplasty is relatively quick; patients can resume normal activities and return to school or work after approximately 2-3 days and sexual activity after 6 weeks.
Vaginal Rejuvenation – Vaginoplasty – Vaginal Tightening
Vaginal rejuvenation, also known as vaginal tightening or vaginoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens the muscles of the vaginal wall and decreases the size of the vaginal opening. Many women seek this procedure after vaginal deliveries or the natural effects of aging on the pelvic floor. These patients often complain of a lack of friction during sex, tampons “falling out,” and a sensation of vaginal gaping or widening. After undergoing vaginal tightening patients note increased sensation and friction during sex as well as a feeling of greater core tone.
Dr. Traci Temmen performs vaginal rejuvenation under general anesthesia in the operating room and takes about one to one and a half hours to perform. Patients go home the same day, may return to work within two to three days, and can resume exercise and sexual activity after six weeks.
The cost of labiaplasty procedures typically start at $3,200 while vaginal tightening starts at $6,900; these prices may vary depending on the level of difficulty, any associated procedures, and anticipated time in the operating room. Most health insurance plans do not cover either procedure but Dr. Temmen has a variety of payment options to accommodate your financial needs. Regardless of your areas of concern or discomfort, Dr. Traci Temmen will strive to achieve the results you desire, both functionally and aesthetically.