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What is the Difference Between Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty?

Loosening of vaginal muscles can be caused by multiple different factors – Sometimes due to childbirth, especially if there is more than one child, and others it is simply a side effect of aging. Whatever the reason, when vaginal muscles start to become lax, it can lead to an inflated, thick labia that increases labia discomfort for outdoor activities like cycling and horse riding, and hampers your sex life too. Some women also have a large, distended labia right from the time of birth. With the advent of sophisticated technology, it is possible to restore a certain degree of tightness in your nether regions. There are two techniques for this purpose – vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. People tend to use the terms interchangeably but they are definitely not the same.

Labiaplasty vs. Vaginoplasty


It is also referred to as vaginal rejuvenation or tightening, and as is evident, the procedure helps to tighten the inner muscles of the vagina by fusing the stretched muscle located at its rear end, which shortens it, using sutures for the muscles to pile up and narrow the cavity, cleaning up extra vaginal lining, and tightening the soft tissues around it. You need to recover for 4 to 6 weeks before resuming sexual intercourse and related activities. The reduced size of the vagina greatly heightens sexual pleasure – it will be worth the wait.


This procedure is exclusively for the labia minor and majora, commonly known as “vaginal lips”. Labiaplasty is for enhancing the outer appearance of the genital organs or reducing labia discomfort by shrinking the size of labia and reshaping it. There are two methods for this procedure such as:

  • The extra tissue around the labia is removed – the tissues are sculpted along the inner folds till the labia are shaped aesthetically and all irregularities have been surgically resolved.
  • The 2nd technique involves a sliver of tissue being cut out from under the labia, in a “V” shape, while the edges are sewn back together.

Absorbable sutures are placed post-surgery for healing, and you can make a full recovery within just 4 to 6 weeks.

It is normal to be apprehensive about surgeries for delicate body parts, but rest assured you are in the hands of the highly qualified Dr. Usha Rajagopal with over 20 years of experience and more than 1000 successful procedures in her portfolio. To leave a query, simply enter your  details into the form on the right, click submit,  and you will hear from us soon.

Vaginoplasty for Male to Female Transformation – Does it Work?

There are thousands of men around the world who feel like misfits in society as they are not comfortable with their gender. They often feel trapped in their current bodies and are unable to adjust to the psyche of a female. This condition is known as gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder and many are interested in undergoing surgery to rectify this problem. Male to Female or Sex Reassignment Surgery (Gender Reassignment) As is evident from the name, sex reassignment surgery (male to female), is a procedure for transforming males to the fairer sex physically and mentally. The surgery is of reconstructive type to change genital organs of a man into the genitals of the opposite sex. It involves removing the penis and testes, called penectomy and orchiectomy respectively, followed by vaginoplasty, which is essentially used for tightening vaginal walls and opening, but can be applied for constructing a vagina too, with sophisticated, cosmetic techniques.

A skin graft is used for vagina formation, while the canal and opening are constructed beneath the urethral opening and prostate gland. Sex reassignment surgery is often performed as a part of the entire process to change someone’s look, which comprises multiple surgeries. The timing and overall cost differs depending on several physical and physiological factors.

Are there risks involved? A few decades back, these reassignment surgeries posed major health risks and the success rate wasn’t that high. But nowadays, there are skilled surgeons in this field, who produce successful results aesthetically and functionally without any major complications. If you have decided to opt for vaginoplasty involving male to female transformation, it is important that you choose your surgeon carefully, or else there are risks of infection, bleeding, postoperative pain, and loss of some of the grafted skin.

Serious complications associated with the sex reassignment surgery are rectovagina fistula, a condition where a hole develops between the colon and the vagina, pulmonary thromboembolism and extensive bleeding. Temporary inability to urinate and wound disruptions can also occur after the surgery. It all depends upon the surgeon, their prior experience, and skill, so tread wisely.

Men who have always felt like prisoners in their current body can undergo male to female sex reassignment surgery as it gives them a new lease in life and let them adapt to a lifestyle of their choice.

With an artistic eye and precise hand, we've  helped countless patients to look as beautiful on the outside, as the are on the inside.  Give us a call to set up your consultation.

Usha Rajagopal, MD Phone: (415) 392-3333

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