vaginal reconstruction

Top 6 Labiaplasty Myths Debunked

Labiaplasty involves the reduction and sculpting of the labial tissue, through elaborate techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the surgery, people don’t discuss it openly, which has led to several labiaplasty myths and misconceptions.

Common Labiaplasty Myths and Misconceptions


Vibrators and/or excessive sex leads to enlarged labia

Definitely not! Regardless of the type of sexual activity you prefer, or how many times you indulge in sex, the labia aren’t affected in any way. On the contrary, the features of the vulva are gauged by the genetic traits that you inherit from your parents.

Labiaplasty is painful

Labiaplasty deals with delicate partd of the body, so you might feel a tad uncomfortable while in recovery, but it is not painful in any way, even if it might seem counterintuitive. If there is any post-operative pain, it is temporary and can be treated with suitable pain medication. Your doctor will take care of all minute details.

It is just for cosmetic reasons

Yes, there are a lot of women who do it for enhancing the appearance of the labia aesthetically, but that isn’t the only reason. Labiaplasty has various practical applications too, because an overly long labia can be problematic. Taking part in outdoor activities like cycling or running becomes extremely uncomfortable if the labia are excessively large, and coupled with heat and sweat, it might cause constant itching.

Gynecologists perform labiaplasty procedures

A gynecologist is responsible for the overall health of this part of your body, but they are usually not trained in specific surgeries involving the labia. It requires specialized training to perform this type of procedures, which are not a part of standard medical school education.

Sexual stimulation is reduced

On the contrary, women have reported about experiencing an improvement in sexual stimulation once they underwent labiaplasty. There is no chance of your sensitivity getting diminished, because the nerve endings responsible for sexual sensation are situated elsewhere.

Labiaplasty requires a long recovery

While it is true that you should refrain from indulging intimate activities for a few weeks, the recovery time doesn’t take months – you just need to give it 4 to 6 weeks to heal properly. There is no need for a catheter nor do you have to be bedridden during this time!

Now that the labiaplasty myths are clear, you can reach an informed decision about your surgery options. If you would like to know more, talk to Dr. Usha Rajagopal, a veteran in the cosmetic surgery field with over 20 years experience.

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

Everything you need to know about Vaginal Rejuvenation or Reconstruction Procedures

Vaginoplasty is not a new term anymore. Even if we don’t discuss it openly, it is a well-known and frequent surgical procedure these days. As is evident by the name, it helps to combat sagging skin around the vagina – the surgery tightens and tones it up. It is often combined with labiaplasty, where the shape of the vaginal lips is restored for cosmetic and practical reasons.  


Hullabaloo around vaginal reconstruction surgeries

These types of surgeries are known as vaginal rejuvenation techniques, and are increasing in popularity, albeit hush-hush, with each passing year. It has met with its share of controversies and criticisms, with doctors claiming the surgeries are unsafe and not necessary because it tampers with natural progression of the body, which eventually succumbs to aging. But then again, numerous reputed surgeons who built a career in this field, have strongly defended the procedures and backed up their statements with proof that the associated risks are minor and can be easily tackled.

Things to keep in mind:

Normal activities like cooking, light cleaning, etc. can be resumed shortly after the procedure is complete, although you have to abstain sexual intercourse for some time. It is natural to have concerns regarding side effects such as pelvic relaxation, vaginal prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, endometriosis, and pelvic pain, but vaginal tightening is totally safe. Women who are breastfeeding and have recently given birth can also opt for this surgery.

This procedure is great for post-menopausal woman. A technique called FemiLift enhances collagen production and remodeling in the vagina which in turn results in rugae or architecture surging back. It is a fantastic opportunity for a youthful vagina. However, it is advisable not to undergo surgeries while menstruating. If possible, try to schedule your procedure around your period.

How much does  vaginal rejuvenation cost?

This answer can’t be summed up in a single line, as it depends upon various factors such as the type of treatment administered, degree of correction required, extra care if needed, doctors charges and so on. At SF Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we do our best to offer competitive and all-inclusive prices. Labia reduction for both minora and majora is $4200, while the fat transfer to labia majora is for the same amount as well. FemiLift costs $3200 for 3 treatment sessions, liposuction and lift of mons pubis is for $3100 and $5500 respectively, and laser vaginal resurfacing is about $1200. Lastly, the fillers for labia majora are priced at $650.

Note: This is the current list of costs, which is subject to change.

If you are considering vaginal rejuvenation, check out out procedure pages below. Or feel free to give us a call to set up a consultation.

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


Vaginoplasty / Labiaplasty After Care

Tips for Post-Treatment Care

A lot of women feel awkward and embarrassed to engage in sexual intercourse after childbirth, because the vagina muscles become lax and lose firmness. However, this issue can be easily corrected via vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. You can regain your sexual prowess along with a tighter, more youthful vagina at the same time. These procedures also boost confidence and provide subtle motivation for those who are extremely self-conscious.

About the procedure: Every woman has a different kind of body, so the scope and extent of surgeries required will also vary. When it comes to vaginoplasty, a surgeon removes excessive tissue and tightens the remaining ones. Any soft region can be adjusted later with several related treatments. Labiaplasty corrects the shape of labia by reducing its size and changing the tissue structure for regularity. After the surgery is over, the incisions or cuts are sutured with soluble stitches that leave barely perceptible marks.

What happens after the treatment? After your procedure, you'll need to get through the recovery period, which takes a few weeks.  Here are some tips that will help:

  • Right after undergoing the treatment, you might feel painful sensations. While the pain isn’t excruciating, there are chances of inflammation around the nether regions that cause discomfort. The “bloated” feeling will also go away in a week or two. Discuss these issues with your surgeon so they can prescribe the necessary medications.
  • It might be tough for some to abstain completely from sex, but you must allow a healing period of 4 to 6 weeks as the vagina is a sensitive part of the body.
  • If you get your period, don’t use tampons unless a minimum of 10 days have already passed since the procedure.
  • Urine is acidic, so it causes a slight burning or tingling sensation while urinating, when it comes in contact with the healing incision. Wash the area thoroughly with water and keep it clean before and after urinating. Contact your doctor right away if the burning feeling doesn’t subside soon.
  • It is advisable not to move for 2 to 3 days after the operation. The capability to resume everyday tasks is based definitely on exactly how certainly your system recovers after the surgery. Let your body rest and relax during this time.

To learn more about vaginal rejuvenation procedures such as, Femilift, Vaginoplasty, or Labiaplasty, give us a call or send an email, to set up a consultation.

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

See related procedures:
Vaginal Tightening
Revisional Labiaplasty
Mommy Makeover

Considering Labiaplasty?

Protuberant labia, is a condition in women where the genital folds are excessively large or asymmetrical. Even though this part remains covered most of the time, it can create issues of low self-esteem and negative body image. Women become even more conscious if they have to wear body-hugging clothes or swimsuits. This condition can lead to physical discomfort during sexual intercourse too.

Why should you consider labiaplasty?

It is a specialized surgery for correcting irregular or overly large labial appearance, by toning down the outer folds of the labia minora, the tissue surrounding the vulva of the vagina. It serves both medical and aesthetic purposes, while boostingconfidence and helping her feel well emotionally and physiologically. Here are the reasons for undergoing labiaplasty:

  • Oversized vaginal folds.
  • Asymmetrical labia.
  • For a firmer, toned vagina.
  • Discomfort in physical activities due to the size or thickness of the labia.
  • Discomfort when wearing tight clothes because of labial size.
  • Labial disease or injury.
  • Hanging or protruding labia.

The actual procedure

Labiaplasty demands intricacy but it is a minor surgery and performed as an outpatient procedure. The traditional method was to remove the excess skin by cutting it off, and sewing it up over the edge. But there was a major drawback – it left a long, vertical stitch line. An improved version is used these days where the protuberant skin is cut into a V-shape, while the upper and lower edges are stitched together. It is sutured efficiently to look like a tiny transverse line. At times, vaginoplasty is performed together with this procedure – it strengthens the vaginal walls and cavity.


Since the procedure is performed in a sensitive area, you might feel slightly uncomfortable after the surgery, but you can take pain medication subscribed by the doctor. Heavy exercises and sexual intercourse should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks just after the surgery. If there is any swelling, it is temporary and heals quickly. Soluble stitches ensure the incisions are hardly visible after a few weeks.

As with any operation, there could be chances of bleeding, infection and scarring, but on minor levels only. If there is a possibility of under-correction, it can be taken care of by a second operation. That is why it is necessary to choose your surgeon carefully, after researching and verifying credentials. Dr. Usha Rajagopal is one of the most respected names in this field whose work speaks volumes about her skills, honed for more than 20 years. Call us or email to schedule an appointment!

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