Labiaplasty in Santa Barbara, CA
Having uneven or overly large labia can create discomfort and self-consciousness. Labiaplasty, or the surgical treatment of the inner labia, can reduce the size of the labia or correct asymmetries, leaving you feeling more confident and more comfortable during activities that may have caused chafing or irritation in the past.
Through a labiaplasty designed specifically for your body, Dr. Yegiyants can enhance the appearance and comfort of your labia tissue.
Deciding If Labiaplasty Is Right for You
Labiaplasty refers to a surgical procedure to correct the size or shape of the inner labia, or labia minora. Women with large or uneven labia may have many reasons for wanting to undergo labiaplasty. From a cosmetic standpoint, you might desire smaller labia that are symmetrical and don’t hang below the outer labia.
If you have inner labia that extend beyond the outer labia, you may experience chafing or twisting of the labia during certain physical activities. Larger inner labia are also more prone to dryness and itching, and they may cause discomfort during sexual intercourse. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may choose to have the size of your labia reduced through labiaplasty. While other treatments and procedures can enhance and rejuvenate your vagina, there is not a non-surgical alternative to reshape your labia. Most patients tolerate labiaplasty quite well, and Dr. Yegiyants can even perform it in the office while you are resting under local anesthesia.
Labiaplasty can be an excellent stand-alone surgery, but many women choose to add it to a mommy makeover, a customized set of procedures that restore the body after pregnancy and childbirth.
What Will My Consultation Be Like?
In our boutique practice, you will meet with Dr. Yegiyants personally when you come in for your consultation. Upon physical examination, she can determine if you are a candidate for labiaplasty based on your health and your labia’s size and shape.
Dr. Yegiyants customizes all procedures to each patient. If you have pictures that demonstrate your desired look, it can be helpful to bring these to your consultation to share with Dr. Yegiyants. During your consultation, she will extensively review your medical records and history, and discuss your ultimate goals for the surgery.
Dr. Yegiyants has advanced training in arts and aesthetics, and she will draw upon this background to study the natural shape of your inner and outer labia and make recommendations for your procedures. She will also take the time necessary to make sure she fully understands what you want for yourself and that you know what to expect throughout the process.
What Does a Labiaplasty Entail?
There are two different approaches to labiaplasty. The wedge method removes a small piece of tissue from the inner labia, preserving the natural outer edge. Dr. Yegiyants then places sutures where she removed tissue, somewhat inward from the outer edge. This approach is less prevalent, as most patients opt for outer edge reshaping when having the procedure.
The trim method removes and reshapes the outer edge(s) of the labia. Once Dr. Yegiyants has removed the extra tissue, she will place sutures. The trim approach is the most common labiaplasty technique, and it allows your surgeon to create a beautiful, smooth edge to the newly sized inner labia. It also has a generally reduced healing time compared to the wedge method.
Schedule a Consultation
Ready to take the next steps towards booking a procedure? Schedule your consultation today to begin your aesthetic journey with Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS.
What Other Vaginal Procedures Are Available?
In addition to labiaplasty, you may choose to have other procedures performed to improve vaginal appearance and sensation. For instance, some women have excess tissue over their clitoris. It’s possible to surgically minimize this to enhance sensation during intercourse and overall appearance using a clitoral hood reduction procedure.
Other women have excess fat deposits over their pubic area that creates a bit of a bulge. During a mons pubis reduction, Dr. Yegiyants can streamline this tissue to improve your pelvic region’s overall aesthetic. You may also choose to get vaginoplasty surgery to tighten vaginal muscles that have stretched through aging or childbirth. Usually, we only recommend this procedure to people who are no longer planning to have children.
We also offer non-surgical treatments to restore the vaginal area, including our non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation with ThermiVa.
DiVa Vaginal Therapy
DiVa vaginal therapy enhances the vagina’s functionality and health. A non-invasive treatment, DiVa utilizes a hybrid fractional laser to treat vaginal tissues with high precision and safety. With DiVa, patients can achieve tighter vaginal tissues and improve urinary frequency, bacterial vaginosis, vaginal atrophy, and more. Women who choose DiVA enjoy long-lasting results that will enhance their quality of life.
Some of the leading benefits of DiVa include:
- More vaginal moisture.
- Boosted sexual satisfaction.
- Enhanced ability to reach orgasm.
- Decrease in pain during intercourse.
- Increase in vaginal tightness.
- Improved low to mid-levels of urinary stress incontinence.
- Quick in-office procedure.
- No downtime
- No anesthesia
- Virtually painless
- Long-lasting results
We encourage you to speak with Dr. Yegiyants to see if this industry-leading treatment is right for you.
What Can I Expect During Santa Barbara Labiaplasty Recovery and Beyond?
You will have stitches in place where Dr. Yegiyants removed the labial tissue; these are usually absorbable sutures that will fall out on their own. It is typical to experience some pain and swelling for the first few days while the labia heal. We recommend icing to enhance comfort and reduce swelling. Dr. Yegiyants will also prescribe pain medication to further enhance your comfort after the procedure. Patients generally take a few days to a week off work to give themselves time to rest and care for their body while it heals.
Most patients return to work in a week or so, once they can move around without pain. Though immediate changes will be visible, it may take several weeks for all swelling to subside and healing to be complete. You can resume normal activities, including the use of tampons and sexual intercourse, within one to two months.
Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty in Santa Barbara
How much does labiaplasty cost in Santa Barbara?
Plastic surgery is highly customized, making it challenging to estimate the cost of a procedure without first meeting with you and learning about your goals. We’ll provide a detailed estimate during your consultation, and we offer financing to make labiaplasty more accessible to women in the Santa Barbara area.
How common is labiaplasty?
While labiaplasty isn’t as prevalent as breast augmentation or tummy tuck surgery, this procedure is popular, especially with women who have had children. Since many people are hesitant to discuss their private areas, many women who have had this procedure choose not to talk about it openly.
How long will I need to abstain from sex after labiaplasty?
Women should abstain from sexual activity for about six weeks after surgery.
Is labiaplasty painful?
Recovery from plastic surgery typically comes with some discomfort, but it should not be painful with proper pain management. Dr. Yegiyants will talk with you about pain control before your procedure. Over-the-counter pain medications can dramatically reduce discomfort. If you find you need more powerful pain medication for a few days after surgery, we can provide a prescription.
Learn more about labiaplasty in Santa Barbara, CA by contacting Dr. Sara Yegiyants at (805) 682-1731.
Meet Dr. Yegiyants
Sara Yegiyants, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in surgical and non-invasive procedures. Learn more about Dr. Yegiyants and why you should choose her for your next procedure.