vaginal rejuvenation

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.

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.

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Benefits of Vaginoplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation

As we age, our body goes through several changes – loosening of the vagina being one of the primary effects of natural aging. Childbirth is also one of the reasons why the vaginal tissues become lax. But thanks to advanced technology and medical breakthroughs, it is possible to restore the tightness of the vaginal walls and opening. Vaginal rejuvenation ensures that you regain the firmness and tone of the vagina via lasers and or reconstructive surgical procedures. It will help to boost strength of the walls and restore muscle control and sensations that were affected due to hormonal changes, aging, or childbirth. There are numerous benefits of vaginoplasty, such as:

Comfort A loose vagina causes a lot of discomfort and unease due to constant friction. It often leads to itchy and painful sensations too – you might feel like scratching them to ease the itching but it makes the situation even worse.  A woman’s body differs from person to person, so your surgeon will examine you to determine the severity of the procedure in order to take care of these problems. Tightening it will ensure you don’t experience any awkwardness or have to scratch your delicate regions to get rid of the itch. You will feel confident and better about yourself. Women with a firm vagina tend to exude more poise when it comes to sexuality too.

Aging Aging is natural – we can’t stop it, but we can definitely combat its effects like the loosening of your vaginal cavity. As time passes the vagina loses firmness due to various hormonal changes that manifest with the onset of aging.  But through surgery, sagging skin can be removed along with excess fat and stretched out muscles can be tightened. Vaginoplasty will help you regain some control over aging and make you feel young once more.

Sexuality Your sex life might have taken a backseat or been somewhat hampered, but with a tight vaginal opening, it can get back on track. It is a sensitive issue, but extremely common when women start aging or experience childbirth, especially if they have more than one child. Once the muscles and tissues are tightened you can enjoy similar pleasure and orgasms like you used to. Sexual intercourse becomes much more fun!

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

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