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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To meet with Dr. Placik, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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