Although it's not widely talked about, many women have concerns about the appearance of their labia, which can make them feel less confident. Plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon wants to help Providence, RI women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery to correct the size and shape of the labia. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) may look stretched or have loose skin due to genetics, natural aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or a physical trauma. A labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size of the labia minora and/or majora for a more normal appearance. This could diminish discomfort and irritation while increasing confidence and sexual pleasure. Schedule a consultation at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Providence, RI to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and find out if you are a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
"My surgery (breast reduction) was 1 year ago today and it was one of the best decisions of my life! From my very first consultation appointment, Dr. Plamondon & her staff were so supportive, friendly, professional, informative and caring and I felt so confident about my decision to be there. At every appointment (pre-op, post-op, surgery itself), I was always made to feel I could ask any questions and reach out to them with any concerns (staff never "rushes" you off the phone!) Highly recommend"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 07, 2018
"My surgery (breast reduction) was 1 year ago today and it was one of the best decisions of my life! From my very first consultation appointment, Dr. Plamondon & her staff were so supportive, friendly, professional, informative and caring and I felt so confident about my decision to be there. At every appointment (pre-op, post-op, surgery itself), I was always made to feel I could ask any questions and reach out to them with any concerns (staff never "rushes" you off the phone!) Highly recommend"- K.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 07, 2018
"I am super happy with my results. I"m 45 yrs old, with two teenagers, and am now three months post-surgery with a breast lift and augmentation. Dr. Plamondon and her staff were absolutly caring and wonderful. She gave me lots of time to discuss my options, trying on sizers to find size I felt most comfortable with, and I never felt rushed. she gave me a beautiful new body that I"m so proud of. I highly recommend her. Thank you Dr.!"- R.G. / Google / Nov 26, 2018
"Including myself i have sent over 10 friends and even two family members to this great doctor. She is very caring and is great at what she does. Dr. Plamondon should be called Dr.Natural because this is how she makes me look and feel after my breast augmentation. Look no more is my advice! I wish all my doctors were as caring as she is. I feel blessed to have been referred to her by my family doctor years ago."- L.B. / Google / Nov 19, 2018
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A labiaplasty at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery may be helpful for Providence, RI women who are self-conscious about the size and shape of their labia, which can be abnormal due to genetics, childbirth, or trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you avoid wearing certain clothing (like leggings, yoga pants, or bathing suits) because of the size of your labia. While a labiaplasty should not affect pregnancy, Dr. Plamondon recommends you wait until you are done having children to avoid altering your results.
Most labiaplasty procedures are performed in our office under local anesthesia so you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. If the procedure is more extensive, you may require general anesthesia at an accredited facility. In this case, you will need a responsible adult to pick you up after your surgery. Dr. Plamondon will discuss these options and time estimates during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is most often performed with a trimming technique that removes excess tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured together. Another technique is the wedge procedure that removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue and extra folds from the clitoral hood before suturing the remaining tissue closed.
What to Expect
You will need about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to subside before returning to work. Dr. Plamondon recommends applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to reduce swelling. You are not allowed to use tampons or have sexual activity for 4 – 6 weeks after your surgery. Patients usually see visible improvements in about six weeks with final results around six months after surgery. The results of a labiaplasty are long lasting, but childbirth, natural aging, and weight fluctuations may alter results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
The total cost of your labiaplasty will be dependent on many factors. During your consultation with Dr. Plamondon, she will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan. Once you've decided on your options for your vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Plamondon can estimate your costs. Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Should I choose a doctor or OB/GYN?
When researching vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you may find that a large majority of obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to surgically remove excess skin from your labia; however, a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon, will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures scarring is minimal, and that the final contour, color, and symmetry all look and feel natural.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be some numbness in your vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation addresses the vaginal lips and not the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon, who has many years of experience performing vaginal rejuvenation surgery will work around the clitoris so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Plamondon or a member of her team will go over what to expect after your labiaplasty and tips to make your recovery more comfortable. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area along with some discomfort immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. Dr. Plamondon will assess your healing during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can help to improve mild to moderate looseness in your vaginal area. However, vaginal rejuvenation is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape your labia. During your consultation with Dr. Plamondon, she can discuss your options and make recommendations based on your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
Comfortable and Confident
Not every vagina looks exactly alike and a lot of factors may play into the appearance of your outer labia. If you don't feel comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about labiaplasty. Talk to Dr. Plamondon about your concerns and needs so she can create your personal labiaplasty treatment plan. Schedule a consultation at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Providence, RI to hear more about a labiaplasty for vaginal rejuvenation.