While it's not discussed openly, many women worry about the appearance of their vaginal lips, which may cause them to be less confident. Dr. Derek C. Lou is a board-certified plastic surgery who can help Houston, TX women feel more attractive and comfortable with surgical vaginal rejuvenation that corrects the shape and size of the labia. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can look stretched or have hanging skin due to genetics, natural aging, childbirth, pregnancy, or an injury. Labiaplasty surgically decreases the size of the labia majora and/or minora to create an improved look. This may diminish irritation and discomfort while increasing sexual pleasure and confidence. Come in for a consult at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to hear more about labiaplasty and see if you may be a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
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"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
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Surgery for the labia at Lou Plastic Surgery can be beneficial for Houston, TX women who are self-conscious about the shape or size of their labia, which can be enlarged because of childbirth, genetics, or a physical trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities, like sex and exercise. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation can also be beneficial if you avoid wearing certain clothing (like leggings, swimsuits, or tight pants) because of the appearance of your labia. While labia surgery shouldn't impact your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Lou recommends you wait until you are done childbearing to prevent altering your results.
Many labiaplasty procedures can be completed in our office with local anesthesia so you may drive yourself to and from our office. If your treatment plan is more complex, you may need to be put under general anesthesia at a nearby surgical facility so you will need to have a responsible adult to drive you home following your procedure. Dr. Lou can talk about your treatment plan and more at your consultation so you may make arrangements, if needed, prior to your appointment. A labiaplasty is most often done with the trim technique that removes excess tissue, then the remaining skin is stitched so it is taut. Also available is the wedge technique that removes a triangular area of skin and excess folds from the clitoris before stitching the remaining tissue closed.
What to Expect
You will need around one week to heal following your labiaplasty to allow discomfort and swelling to fade away before returning to normal activities. Dr. Lou suggests applying a cold compress or ice pack if needed to reduce inflammation. You are advised against sexual activity and the use of tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks following your surgery. Patients usually see visible results in around six weeks and final results around six months following the procedure. The improvements of vaginal rejuvenation are long-lasting; however, childbirth, weight fluctuations, and natural aging can impact your result.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or an OB/GYN?
As you research surgical vaginal rejuvenation, you will discover that a large majority of OB/GYNs (obstetricians and gynecologists) perform labiaplasty. Although most OB/GYNs are capable of performing a labiaplasty, they may not be your best choice. An OB/GYN can surgically remove loose skin from your vaginal lips, but a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Lou, will focus on other aspects as well. He will ensure minimal scarring, and your final symmetry, color, and contour all look and feel natural.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
Like most surgeries, you may have some numbness in the treated area for a while. This is temporary as your skin and vaginal lips recover. For those concerned about sexual sensitivity, it's important to realize that a labiaplasty addresses the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris. A skilled surgeon, like Dr. Lou with years of training and experience in vaginal rejuvenation surgery, will avoid the clitoris to prevent desensitizing the area.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Lou or someone on his team will go over what to expect following your labiaplasty and tips to make your recovery more comfortable. You should expect some swelling and bruising in the treated areas plus a certain amount of discomfort right after your procedure. You need to stay home for at least a week before resuming non-strenuous activities. Dr. Lou will evaluate your healing in your check-up appointments and tell you when you can resume sexual activity.
Comfortable and Confident
Every vagina is not identical and many factors can affect the appearance of the outer labia. If you don't feel confident or comfortable because of the shape and size of your labia, find out more information about vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Speak with Dr. Derek C. Lou about your concerns and goals so he can develop your personal treatment plan for labiaplasty. Schedule an appointment at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to hear more about labiaplasty for vaginal rejuvenation.