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How Safe is the Filler That is Injected for Labiaplasty Augmentation?

How difficult is it revise labia injections in case of unsatisfactory results?

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Safety of Filler Injected for Labiaplasty Augmentation?

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The hallmark of facial aging is the loss of facial volume which begins in the mid to late 20's. This can often be beautifully reversed by judicious fat grafting or through the use of other fills.

The female genitals appear to have a similar course of aging. The Mons Pubis and Labia Majora (the outer lips) appear to lose volume with age thereby greatly enhancing the apparent size of the Labia Minora and the amount they project past the crest / height of the labia Majora. Adding volume to the Labia Majora and Mons results in a more youthful appearance similar to a young woman.

The safety of filler, as you phrased it, would depend on WHICH filler is used and how it is placed. If a filler is safe to use in the superficial facial skin, it certainly would be safe to use in these areas. Since each filler has its advantages and drawbacks the choice should be made by you and your Plastic surgeon.

Good Luck.

Peter A Aldea, MD


Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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The Best Way to Augment the Labia Majora is Fat Injections

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Deflated labia majora are a consequence of aging, low body fat, or weight loss. When the fat that is naturally present in the labia disappears, the skin can develop wrinkles and grooves of simply appear flat. On average, it takes 20 to 40 cc of volume on each side to restore a youthful fullness with fat injections. The fat can be taken from anywhere on your body, but I prefer to harvest it from the inner thighs because the fat there is soft and easy to work with. The final result looks natural and feels natural because your filling the space with the same material that is naturally there. Facial fillers, on the other hand, are not soft, are not permanent, and would be very expensive to use in such large volumes. For instance, a lip augmentation with Juvederm or Restylane goes for about $1000 per 1-2 cc of material and those lips will not feel natural. Multiply that by 10 to 20 and you've got yourself a very expensive proposition for something that will be hard as a rock and gone in 6 months. It might be safe, but it won't be very effective.

Marco A. Pelosi III, MD
Jersey City Cosmetic Gynecologist

Safety of Fillers of Labia Augmentation

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This is a great question as vaginal rejuvenation has become more popular we have more techniques to improve the area. Just as we can do for other parts of the body there are surgical treatments and non-surgical treatments. Initially vaginal rejuvenation was limited to treatment of the labia minora and patients were extremely happy with the results. However this does not address the issue of the labia majora especially in patients that are older or after pregnancy.

There are several options for labia majora augmentation, these include off the shelf fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse. An alternative to the fillers is fat transfer which allows your surgeon to remove fat from another part of your body and augment the labia majora. They both have advantages to their use; the fillers off the shelf are a quick office procedure where patients can return to work the same day. These fillers typically last from 6 months to two years depending on the filler. With fat it is an actual procedure where patients would need a couple of days to recover, however the fat will last for years to come. The fat allows your surgeon to replace the fat that is lost in that area giving you a more natural and youthful appearance. The benefit of fat is that it is your own natural tissue. No foreign material has to be injected for the augmentation. The fat will also last for years to come. Many patients also see that after the fat injection they have an improvement in their skin quality in the area.

It is important to discuss this with your board certified plastic surgeon.

Johnny Franco, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Safety of Fillers for Labial Augmentation

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Fillers are generally safe.  That applies to any area of the body.  That being said, however, there are risks to all procedures in all areas, and that includes the labia.  Fillers include the shorter-lasting ones, such as hyaluronic acid, and the longer-lasting ones, such as Radiesse and fat injections.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each procedure (regardless, again, of which part of the body you're talking about) and the specifics of those should be discussed with you by your surgeon during an appropriate consultation.

I hope that this helps and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty augmentation

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Labiaplasty is often used to reduce the external appearance of the labia and involves surgery.  However, in some cases, overresection may arise and fillers can be used to augment the labia.  The most common fillers are hyaluronic acid based (Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, etc).  However, you can also use fat borrowed from another part of the body (most common from the abdomen).  This can help add volume to the labia.

Hope this helps.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Fillers and Fat Transfer for Labia Augmentation

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Best option is to use Hyaluronic Acid fillers such as Restylane or Jeuvederm to see if you like the appearance. The will last for about a year to as long as two. If you really don't like it it is possible to inject hyaluronidase that "dissolves" the filler. If on the other hand you like the appearance you can consider fat transfer as a more permanent correction.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Fillers and labiaplasty

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Fillers have been safely and effectively used for labia enhancement, both synthetic and natural(fat).  The synthetic fillers(Restylane, Radiesse) have been used off label for the labia and resorb over time.  They can be guaged to the needs of the patient and adjusted as desired, much like the face. Fat grafting to the labia is longer lasting and carries the same risks and benefits as for other treated areas.

Pedy Ganchi, MD
Ridgewood Plastic Surgeon
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Labial fillers

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Fillers such as hyluronic fill is very safe for labial augmentation. Being a 'reverable' material it is straightforward to revise as well.

Best of luck, peterejohnsonmd.com

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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