We're seeing many, many patients these days for labiaplasty or for vaginal rejuvenation and what we're seeing is that there's a lot more attention being paid to those areas just in the media and so I think that now that women can go to the internet and actually search and learn more about these procedures, especially on Real Self, that they can see that there's something that can be done about it. And women have concerns about their appearance, some have concerns about discomfort, some have concerns about the way things may feel when enclosed or whether they are having sex. So there're different reasons and we're seeing women who are coming in before childbirth but also those after childbirth. I feel that it's important for a patient to come see a board certified plastic surgeon, specifically an ASAPS member when they are seeking out labial plastic surgery.

Plastic surgeons utilize many different techniques for every area of the body to really give the most aesthetically pleasing result. I use a wedge technique for doing my labiaplasty, is when I do the labia minora or the labia or the inner level section I should say, and I think that it gives them much more natural contour and it doesn't look artificial. The recovery of labiaplasty isn't very long. Patients do not have much discomfort. We have them iced for a few days afterwards but they'll be walking around the next day, even going back to work in one or two days. Of course there is what we call perineal rest meaning no bicycles, no intercourse for a period of six weeks. The sutures are absorbable or dissolvable so they, they go away on their own.

Labiaplasty Research: Skip the Embarrassment and Ask the Internet

Labiaplasty is still a very sensitive topic for women to discuss, even when speaking to a practiced surgeon. Dr. Sanjay Grover recommends starting by researching and asking their questions online, but a consultation is still the best way to go.