Feminine care starts with hygiene, body awareness, and regular check-ups by your primary care physician or gynecologist.
We endorse and promote HYSQIA personal care products for their convenience, their broad antimicrobial activity, their deodorizing properties, and their high quality moisturization and protection of delicate vulvar skin.
Beyond self care, ThermiVA vulvo-vaginal RF (radiofrequency) is a pain-free office treatment for vaginal dryness, stress urinary incontinence, and for labial and vaginal tightening.
If you need labia reduced, re-shaped, trimmed, or otherwise revised for improved comfort, appearance, hygiene, or sexuality, consider labiaplasty consultation. The inner labial folds of sensitive skin protect moist delicate important central perineal parts: your clitoris, your urethral opening, and your vaginal opening (introitus). Extra labial length and bulk beyond what is needed for protection becomes a distraction, uncomfortable, or unsightly, and may be removed. Changes in dimension, proportion, and appearance of the labia and other vulvar features are desired for individual situations. Discomfort, potential visibility, difficult hygiene, and confident sexuality are commonly offered justification for reduction of disproportionately large labia and other genital skin folds.
Many women are dissatisfied with their cosmetic appearance, even though it is within the norm. Athletic women, dancers, swimmers, and other competitors prefer a trim contour to fit performance gear better and minimize friction. Hygiene may be simplified by reduction of long, thick, irregular, or redundant hanging labii. Hair removal and small intimate wear expose more vulvar anatomy. Reducing larger structures keeps them within bounds of clothing and balanced with the diminished amount of surrounding hair. Confidence in genital appearance improves sexual experience of both men and women. Thick skin over the clitoris in women who achieve clitoral based orgasm may delay or diminish the response. Some just want to eliminate self awareness of hanging labia, or a visible “camel toe” in form fitting swimwear or body suits.
Because enlarged or bulky labia minora (nymphae) are usually variations of normal anatomy, procedures to change the labia are considered cosmetic.
Labiaplasty describes the procedure for changing shape and/or size of the labia. Although standard techniques are described, Dr. Laverson individualizes his approach depending on your presentation and your desired result. Most often, some variation of the “modified wedge” labiaplasty is chosen, but an individually designed sculpted trim is a good alternative depending on your pigment distribution, preferred result, and the shape of your labia. Because each woman presents differently and has a particular idea of what she wants, like most plastic surgery procedures, labiaplasty is custom designed. Dr. Laverson skillfully re-arranges tissue, matches skin folds, and preserves the softness of labia minora while removing excess bulk. Your desired result will be demonstrated with a surgical marker so you’ll understand the proposed procedure in advance. Sensation and function are ALWAYS preserved, and appearance is ALWAYS improved. Unlike many surgeons, Dr. Laverson performs these procedures with optical magnification to achieve precision in every aspect of the result. The modified wedge procedure we favor offers a trim feminine appearance with no visible scar and matches darker outer skin pigment with inner pink mucosal pigment border. Sometimes, removal of more labia in a secondary procedure is necessary, but is so, it is a lesser and easier procedure for both doctor and patient than the initial labiaplasty, and is far preferable to over-reducing.
The final shape, more petite and aligned with the labia majora, is natural. Visible scars, nodularity, irregularity, hypersensitivity, and deformity are avoided. Pigment transition from darker outer skin to pink inner labial and vaginal surfaces are aligned imperceptibly.
Labiaplasty was easy, and I’m much more comfortable. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long to do it.
– Jennifer B, Carlsbad
Labiaplasty may be combined with clitoral hood reduction. Other requested vulvar aesthetic procedures include labia majora reduction or augmentation, laser hair removal, labial de-pigmenting, and liposuction of enlarged mons pubis or labia majora.
Our routine is to provide topical anesthetic gel for you to apply before coming to the office for labiaplasty. Upon arrival, after marking your skin, local anesthesia is added so the labiaplasty is comfortable for you. Medication to help you relax further is also available if needed. Besides improving appearance and comfort, Dr. Laverson accomplishes a durable repair, facilitating healing and early return to normal activity. Apply a pad daily until there is no longer spotting (usually one week). We provide topical anesthetic gel to use at home if needed for pain, and antibiotic ointment to apply daily after gentle bathing. Trauma to the perineum should be avoided until pain and tenderness resolve, usually four to six weeks.