Restore Comfort and Confidence
You don't have to grit your teeth and bear discomfort in your vaginal area, whether the size and shape of your labia cause irritation while riding your bike or pain during sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty may be a sensitive topic to discuss, but that shouldn't stop any woman from pursuing the procedure if she wants it. Women considering a labiaplasty in Grand Rapids should know that board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson offers the surgery at the Bengtson Center, where he first holds a thorough consultation with any woman seeking the procedure. Whether the problems began after giving birth or a woman has lived with them her whole life, Dr. Bengtson will work with compassion to understand the desired look and feel, then deliver safe, beautiful results.
KNOW THE BASICS
- Labiaplasty is the surgical alteration of the vaginal lips to improve their form, function, or both.
- Women should know that there is no "normal," as sizes and shapes of vulvas and the surrounding labia vary greatly.
- Labia may look or feel the way they do because of genetics, or they may undergo physical changes over time due to a variety of factors.
- Dr. Brad Bengtson is particularly renowned for his work with women, having developed a reputation as a skilled and compassionate plastic surgeon with a focus on safety, health, and beautiful results.
- Recovery time after labiaplasty is typically around one month, after which women can return to normal daily life and sexual activity.
What is a Labiaplasty?
Simply put, a labiaplasty is a surgery to shorten the inner vaginal lips for physical comfort, aesthetics, or both. The procedure can provide symmetry, improving form and function while reducing the overall length and prominence of both labia. It is typically chosen by women who feel that the extension of their labia minor interferes with daily living, causing them to be self-conscious or suffer physical discomfort.
The conditions that prompt a labiaplasty may be part of a woman's body from birth, just a natural part of their physiology. Childbirth can also stretch tissues and anatomical features in the vulva, leading to a change in the look and feel of the area that may resolve over time, or may represent a permanent change.
The procedure itself involves Dr. Bengtson surgically altering the labia minora and/or majora to achieve a result consistent with the patient's desired look. To start, each woman getting a labiaplasty will receive an anesthetic to dull sensation in the area. Unwanted tissue is excised quickly and efficiently, following predetermined and agreed-upon lines. Once the excess is removed, sutures are applied to ensure proper healing to maximize patient health and the aesthetic results.
At the Bengtson Center, we understand that this is a delicate topic about a delicate area! Patients can expect plenty of follow-up care and attention after their labiaplasty. Instructions for proper recuperation will be provided, and the Bengtson Center team will be available for any questions that arise in the days and weeks—and longer—after a labiaplasty session.
Since you will have to take some down time, we suggest that you use your recovery period as a chance to get pampered!
Patient results may vary.
Patient results may vary.
Patient results may vary.
Patient results may vary.
A Quick Anatomy Lesson
The labia are folds of skin and fatty tissue that surround the vaginal opening. The outer labia are known as the labia majora, and the inner labia are known as the labia minora. Together with the public mound, clitoris, and some other features, they make up the vulva, which is the name for the external parts of a woman’s reproductive organ.
Labia come in a variety of sizes, from barely noticeable to very prominent, and a range of colors, including pink, purple, red, and brown, with as many shades of each as there are skin tones.
The labia serve as a physical barrier that surrounds the clitoris and vaginal opening. Women who feel that their labia are so large as to impede access to these organs may want them reduced with a labiaplasty. As noted above, childbirth can cause their appearance and feel to change, but so can hormonal shifts due to other life events, such as menopause. Changes to elasticity, color, and size are all possible. The labia minora are also considered to be erogenous, as they react to stimulation.
Why Choose a Labiaplasty?
Since we're in the habit of putting things simply, we'll say this: A woman should have the body she wants, from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. That definitely includes her vulva. We're obviously not alone in our opinion, since the Bengtson Center has seen a rise in demand from patients seeking a labiaplasty. With increased knowledge, more and more women are examining their options, particularly if their condition is causing discomfort.
Some women merely tolerate or even actively avoid sexual intercourse because their labia create uncomfortable friction during the activity. Extra skin and scar tissue around the clitoris could also affect how a patient feels during sexual intercourse. Tight-fitting outfits may also cause physical discomfort. Yoga pants and similar clothes can feel like they don't fit properly, chafe, and even reveal labia that extend far enough in certain positions.
Patients may also choose a labiaplasty because they have extreme discomfort and emotional distress. They also want to bring back the appearance of their vulva before they had children, or to get a new look as a part of their own aesthetic journey. Bottom line, an excessively large labia can affect women of all ages, regardless of whether they have had children or not.
WHERE SMART & BEAUTY MEET
What Should I Know About Labiaplasty in Grand Rapids?
- The labiaplasty surgery itself is an outpatient procedure and should run between one to two hours.
- Expect some swelling after labiaplasty surgery, but the bulk of it should fade in a week.
- The doctors advise women who receive a labiaplasty to avoid vaginal sexual intercourse for four weeks, with a full return to typical daily life after a month.
Beyond Labiaplasty: ThermiVa® and More for Women
Labiaplasty helps with the look and feel of the outside of the vaginal area, but women seeking an internal change need something else to help with the inside, where menopause can dry up lubrication (making sexual satisfaction a difficult endeavor), weakened bladder control can lead to leakage while running or jumping, and more.
ThermiVa® is a noninvasive treatment that works for overall vaginal rejuvenation. Radiofrequency energy delivered by the handheld device encourages new collagen production to tighten tissues that have gone lax, increase moisture, and firm up support for key structures, like the pelvic floor. The benefits include reduced discomfort, increased pleasure during sex, and better bladder control to combat incontinence.
ThermiVa® can be applied as a standalone treatment, or can be used to complement your labiaplasty procedure. In fact, at the Bengtson Center, labiaplasty patients receive the radiofrequency treatment as a part of their procedure to maximize rejuvenation. We offer this service because it's amazing what the power of two can do! Combined, the procedures impact both the external and internal structures of the vaginal area, giving women a total revitalized look and feel that makes a daily difference.
Dr. Bengtson can help each patient decide on how best to generate the desired results. He works to create an environment that conveys his skill and medical expertise while remaining comfortable for the women who choose the Bengtson Center for their aesthetic needs.
Dr. Brad Bengtson is a sought-after international speaker and leader in breast related aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures. He performs labiaplasty, as well as a special focus in breast-related procedures, including augmentation, reduction, and lifts. He has a commitment to professional excellence, as well as a particular understanding of the female body.
Many of the procedures combined can help women to get back their pre-baby body with a Mommy Makeover. Talk to the Bengtson Center team to learn more about labiaplasty or any of the procedures and treatments mentioned here.