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The term “vaginal rejuvenation” is often incorrectly used to refer to a number of different procedures, including both labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. Although these and other genital rejuvenation treatments are complementary and may frequently be performed together, they’re not the same thing.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs who specializes in external and internal genital rejuvenation, including both labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. By working closely with you from consultation through recovery, Dr. Placik can help you understand which treatments will best help you meet your cosmetic and personal goals.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on vaginaplasty and labiaplasty, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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About Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is performed to address concerns over the aesthetic appearance of the inner or outer labia, or vaginal lips. Labia that feel or look too large (colloquially known as a “camel toe”) or too small, that interfere with normal sexual intercourse or that become chafed or irritated during daily activities can lead to self-consciousness and physical discomfort.

During labiaplasty, Dr. Placik can reduce the labia minora (inner lips) or reduce/augment the labia majora (outer lips) for a more proportionate look. Women state that Labia reduction can also make sex more pleasurable and help them feel less uncomfortable in slim-fitting clothing like swimsuits. It’s common to include clitoral hood reduction (also referred to as clitoroplasty or hoodotomy or hoodoplasty) with labiaplasty to create a more aesthetic appearance overall.

About Vaginoplasty

Vaginoplasty is primarily used to reduce the size of the vaginal canal. Traditionally, it is not used to treat the external appearance but may reduce the visibility of protruding tissue or a wide opening. It is usually combined with a perineoplasty, which treats the area between the vaginal opening and the anus where scars or widening may result following an episiotomy or tears during delivery. Childbirth and age can both contribute to the vaginal muscles losing strength and tightness, which can diminish sensation and intimate sexual contact or desirable friction during intercourse for both partners. Internal vaginal changes after pregnancy can also lead to embarrassing problems like stress incontinence.

Dr. Placik performs vaginal rejuvenation to repair and tighten the inner vaginal walls to restore normal function. As a result, women can feel more sensation and a greater sense of emotional satisfaction during sex. Including G-spot enhancement can help take these results to the next level.

Labiaplasty vs. Vaginoplasty FAQ

Which procedure is right for me?

For the most part, women who feel unhappy with the look of their vaginal area are better candidates for labiaplasty, while vaginoplasty is best for those who are more concerned with sexual sensation and improved function. However, labiaplasty vs. vaginoplasty is not an either-or proposition. Both surgeries are extremely complementary and can be performed together for cosmetic improvement as well internal rejuvenation.

What should I expect during my consultation?

At your first meeting, Dr. Placik will ask you about your goals for surgery in order to determine whether a vaginoplasty or labiaplasty (or a combination of both) will better meet your needs. He may also suggest additional procedures if he feels they may further benefit you. During the examination, the different goals which can be achieved with either procedure will be reviewed and demonstrated.

How much does vaginoplasty cost compared to labiaplasty?

Because genital rejuvenation is so highly customized, the prices vary widely depending on many different considerations. In addition to Dr. Placik’s surgical fee, there’s also the cost of the surgical facility and anesthesiologist’s fee to keep in mind. Costs will also differ for one procedure compared to combined procedures performed at the same time. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What will my surgery be like?

Like other aspects of your surgery, the specific procedural steps Dr. Placik takes will depend on the procedure itself. Most of the time, patients undergoing a labiaplasty are treated with local anesthetic (with or without oral sedation) and don’t require a hospital stay. If a vaginoplasty is planned, this may best be performed under a general anesthetic for overall comfort and to allow a more thorough repair. This procedure also does not typically require a hospital stay. Dr. Placik will explain the entire process before surgery, including very detailed instructions for you to follow during your recovery.

Will my sex life improve after surgery?

Vaginoplasty is specifically intended to help you feel stronger sensation during intercourse. And, although labiaplasty is primarily cosmetic in nature, many women feel more confident sexually once they’re less self-conscious about the appearance of their vaginal area. Labial reduction can help reduce physical discomfort that can occur during sex as well.

What are the risks?

During your consultation at our Chicago or Arlington Heights office, Dr. Placik will go over the potential side effects and risks associated with labiaplasty and/or vaginoplasty. These include the same risks that are associated with any surgery, like bleeding or infection. There is also the possibility for more serious risks such as permanent changes in physical sensation, nerve damage or scarring, although these complications are rare.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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