Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation (Tightening, Rectocele Repair)- 23 Years Old After 1 Kid - Cedar Park, TX
My son is now almost 2 years old and I finally...
I didn't take any before pictures because I ended up with a cold a few days before surgery. It was really depressing to look down there anyways so I mostly avoided it. I also had some scarring on my left labia from where I was stitched up when I tore giving birth.
The Dr. elected to fix that for free! He thought insurance would cover everything (it didn't) but he ended up still coming back in the room and saying that regardless of insurance coverage, he would take care of it for me and do a labiaplasty to remove the scar tissue and even everything out. I saw a uerogynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. He did a vaginal reconstruction basically to fix the rectocele, and the labiaplasty.
The surgery was only about an hour and a half and everything went fine. I went home about an hour after. Recovery was/is brutal. I can't lie at all, this is a major surgery and you may want weeks of recovery time. I am on day 7 and still bedridden. I accidentally walked a little too much today and my stitches started bleeding so I'm still more confined to the bed. The first few days were unbareable, much much much worse than the pain of a vaginal birth with tearing. If I knew how bad it would hurt, I almost wouldn't have done it. I was popping oxycontin every hour.
I will edit this to add my pictures
Also I will mention there wasn't much removed off of the labia. I would estimate about 3-4 mm of labial tissue was removed. My lips were just outside of the outer ones. Labiaplasty would never have been something I would consider having done. I was always happy with the state of things down there, but I think it will look pretty nice. I wouldn't have had the labiaplasty if the doctor hadn't been so generous in helping me for free. He is a fantastic doctor to boot!
Since I had scar tissue on the outer edges to remove, I had the trim method done. Yes it freaks me out how it looks lumpy, but I've seen before and afters that have healed really nice. Mine seems to be slowly getting there, I hope it smooths out pretty well. I'll continue to update until fully healed.
Picture update, 2 weeks 1 day
It feels A MILLION TIMES BETTER without pesky wiry stitches poking me. I thought I was told after surgery that all of my stitches were dissolvable. But I kept falling asleep while they were talking to me, so it's probably my mistake anyways. The stitches were on a little tight, the doctor says. I love him because he is so real about everything. He makes no excuses, he is upfront, and he is kind. Bonus: he actually cares about my health beyond the surgery. He takes the time to ask me about a couple other health issues he ended up solving for me. They were feminine issues, but unrelated to the surgery. He's just a really great doctor who obviously cares deeply about his work. Honestly I didn't do much research before this surgery because as I was fixing the rectocele primarily, I was viewing it from a medical standpoint instead of a cosmetic one. But I am thrilled with my choice. I recommend him to anyone considering this procedure.
As for the labiaplasty, it's still healing but looking pretty good. I can tell I am going to be thrilled. I'd love to hear updates from anyone else going through this as well! Hope you all are healing fabulously!
Anyone else? How are you guys healing??
Week 4 Update
Just time will tell! I'm told it takes a few months for everything to smooth out, as far as the amount that was taken off I think it was perfect. I'm SO glad I had a trim. I had to have a trim because it was to remove scar tissue that left some nerves exposed from giving birth, but I'm always thrilled that I got rid of some of the darker pigmentation. I am getting impatient when it comes to healing.
Any ways anyone knows to speed up the process? I am sick with strep throat right now, so that might be impeding things too. How is everyone else doing? I'd love to hear from you all I hope you all are well!
And also, I wasn't like most girls here. I didn't have large, protruding labia. I always had small neat labia, I just had scar tissue and some tearing on one side that didn't look nice to me anymore. So my doctor had to work with all that and try to repair. I am really happy so far.
1 month and 3 week Update! 7 weeks Post Op
I had sex!! I had sex!!!!
A few times actually. First time was really tight and relatively painful, at the end once I was super turned on it wasn't painful anymore. It's definitely tighter, the next few times having sex was easier. 2 fingers hurts (both my husband and I have slim fingers) but can get in if I'm really turned on. I keep doing kegels because I want to take good care of the whole area and ensure long lasting results as much as I can. I'm hoping 3 months down the line it doesn't start to relax again like I've read from other people. I imagine if someone is very stretched out the surgical results might not be magical. The doctor and nurses said despite my rectocele herniation, I still wasn't "loose" at all or what they would consider to be relaxed. That the only reason for the surgery was to repair the rectocele but the doctor would of course make sure it was "back to how I was used to it." The nurses didn't seem to want me to get the surgery, but he chimed in saying that for me (naturally very thin and small framed) it was probably a big difference after childbirth from what I was used to. And it was. I'm glad that I got this surgery personally, but from the research I've done I can honestly say I don't think I would recommend it to women with significant "loosening." That's just my personal opinion because all (or most) of the reviews/stories I have read from women very loose (4 fingers or more) said they were unhappy with the results of the surgery. And it isn't like a labiaplasty where you can keep taking more off in the future if you want, most doctors don't really do "revisions" on vaginal tightening and seem averse to doing the procedure more than once. Hopefully more people can chime in on their results, I'd love to hear from anyone who is a few years out from the surgery and still happy with it.
If the doctor wasn't so kind and generous as to give me the labiaplasty for free, I'm not positive it would have been worth the money for just the tightening alone. UNLESS it stays how it is right now for years, then it is absolutely worth it to me. I'm just operating under the assumption that some additional relaxing of the muscles may occur (as it does to many women, not all, who get this done.)
HOW IS EVERYBODY!? Anyone had surgery recently or in recovery? I love hearing how you are all doing. I hope these pictures help someone. I have tried to continue updating with many, many pictures of the process. I hope it's not annoying, I just know I was looking for reviews with plenty of pictures of the healing process. I don't dig the "one before" "one after" style because it's just not as real to me. Thanks everyone for reading
A wonderful doctor who takes pride in his work and the happiness and health of his patients. Such a refreshing humble person compared to all of the arrogant horror stories I read about on here. He is genuine and in it for much, much more than the paycheck. His work is meticulous and fabulous. A++++++++++ From his website: Dr. Shashoua of Austin Urogynecology is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery and specializes in female pelvic floor disorders. His understanding of vaginal and vulvar anatomy is essential when creating labial and clitoral reductions that appear natural to the individual patient’s body. Additionally, his urogynecologic background is crucial to safe and effective vaginal rejuvenation procedures.