Ladies, let’s have a conversation about our vaginas. No, we’re not too shy to talk about it! Did you know only one in ten women ever speak to any of their doctors about their feminine health? Plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong in Newport Beach, CA wants to open up that topic for all women thinking about having vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Leong spends a majority of her time in surgeries helping women feel good about how they look — in every other part of their bodies except their vaginal areas. She doesn't want to ignore the core of your femininity just because it is a difficult conversation to have with a doctor. Vaginal rejuvenation is Dr. Leong’s comprehensive approach to women’s sexual health and well-being. She wants to have that candid conversation with you, to address your questions and concerns about changes to your intimate area whether it’s due to childbirth, trauma, hormones, or menopause.
Ask yourself these questions. Do I experience any of the following:
- Urine dribbles when I strain (cough/laugh/work out)?
- Loose or extra skin that makes me feel self-conscious in and/or out of clothing?
- Vaginal dryness or itching?
- Painful sex?
- Does my partner have decreased sensation due to my vaginal laxity?
- A difficulty with arousal or orgasm?
If you answered yes, you are probably wondering what can be done. We admit we’re not hormone doctors, gynecologists, or urologists. If your incontinence is severe or if you have pelvic organ prolapse, we will refer you to the appropriate provider who can treat these medical diagnoses. For everyone else, we need to have a talk at our facility.
While your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs, we are happy to provide a full menu of services catering to women’s sexual health and well-being. Labiaplasty is a procedure that addresses the labia minora of the vagina, which can be treated in the following ways:
Augmentation or enlargement procedure
Labia majora augmentation restores volume to the outer vagina by fat transfer, hyaluronic filler, and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
Labia majora reduction enhances the outer aspect of the vagina by removing extra skin and giving an overall lifted look without redundant tissues to give a more aesthetic appearance.
Vaginal rejuvenation revision procedure
If you have had a previous surgery for vaginal rejuvenation and still have concerns or unhappy with the results, you may make an appointment with Dr. Leong about having a second procedure.
Clitoral hood reconstruction
A clitoral hood reconstruction reshapes the skin and tissue overlying the clitoris to achieve a more youthful appearance and to have easier access to the clitoris.
Combination surgery with nonsurgical laser tightening
Laser vaginal tightening and renewal simultaneously heats the underlying skin called the lamina propria. This laser works to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the new skin that forms is tighter, more sensitive, and can maintain a better lubrication. Strengthening the tissue near the bladder reduces urinary leakage as well.
Platelet-rich plasma injections
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains high concentrations of growth factors from your own blood, which can be used alone or in combination with our femi-surgical treatments to enhance outcomes.
Oh! Shot uses growth factors in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in strategic injections to stimulate blood flow and collagen regeneration, leading to increased sensation, lubrication, and arousal.
"Dr. Leong has been handling all of my plastic surgery needs since my double Mastectomy back in March. With everything that I’ve been through up to this point she has always been there during any needs that I had. I appreciate her one on one with me and always being there. She does amazing work. I have expanders in now and look forward to my implants in February. Thanks for always being there Dr. Leong!"- J.M. / Yelp / Dec 26, 2019
"Dear Dr. Leong Thank you so much for giving me back my mouth! You are excellent in every way. (Please thank your staff for me, as well.) Best Regards,"- KA / Office Visit / Jul 01, 2020
"Dr. Leong has been handling all of my plastic surgery needs since my double Mastectomy back in March. With everything that I've been through up to this point she has always been there during any needs that I had. I appreciate her one on one with me and always being there. She does amazing work. I have expanders in now and look forward to my implants in February. Thanks for always being there Dr. Leong!"- J.M. / Yelp / Dec 26, 2019
"Breast Implant Removal with Dr Karen Leong at Face N Body Upland: I had my breast implants removed one month ago by Dr Karen Leong. I was recommended by a coworker who had the same procedure done earlier this year with great results. My experience was AMAZING from my first consultation visit through the entire process. The staff at the front desk Amanda, Audrey, and Lisa are very welcoming, sweet, and knowledgeable about any questions you may have. Dr Leong is personable, attentive, and thorough which I think sometimes doctors lack at the beside, but not her! She is willing to answer any and all questions without hesitation. If you are looking into breast implants removal because of "breast implant illness/BII" she is open minded about the new research coming out. I am a nurse myself, so I have been intrigued by so many women's symptoms but awaiting clear researched backed evidence. She takes a similar stance, and overall if you are worried and want them out she will help you without judgment or making you feel like it's "in your head". That being said I was not sick, but had some vague symptoms, capsular contracture, and after 16 years I wanted them removed, not replaced, and without a lift. She heard all of my concerns and was supportive and up to the task. Surgery day was a success! Nurse Monique, the OR team (didn't get their names because I was so nervous and then asleep) and the anesthesiologist Dr Melisa Erick were all beyond good to me, and I am so thankful for their expertise and calming demeanors. Follow-up the day after surgery and throughout recovery I felt closely monitored and cared for. Suture and drain removal were done by nurse Monique and Jennifer and they were caring, professional, skillful, and personable. Overall I really could not be more pleased with my care and results. Dr Leong is a very meticulous surgeon and she was able to remove my entire capsules and provide photos of the capsules and implants which I requested. My results are fantastic and my new (old) breasts look amazing. As I mentioned, I am a nurse, I know many doctors and I can assure you she is top notch! This whole process has been a pleasure and I am so thankful to each and every person at Face N Body who helped me through my journey. You will not be disappointed in your care or procedure if you choose Dr Leong and her staff. Side note: My implants were done in 2003 by a prominent Beverly Hills surgeon who has since passed. I had a consultation in Beverly Hills for removal first since that's what I knew, but I received better care at Face N Body without the drive, inflated cost, and attitude that sometimes comes with the 90210 zip code. Trust me, location does not equal better care. Good Luck on your journey"- K.K. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
"Dr. Karen Leong removed my breast implants and I'm so happy with my results! At my initial consultation I expressed concerns about my symptoms due to breast implant illness /BII. She was very supportive and acknowledged my feelings and symptoms unlike previous surgeons who brushed me off and made me feel like I was crazy. Not only is she beautiful and sweet but also an amazing meticulous surgeon. She removed my entire capsules and showed me pictures of my implants and capsules. My incisions look great and are hardly noticeable now. I am a nurse so I have very high expectations. She exceeded my expectations. She is my plastic surgeon for life!"- J.B. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
Labiaplasty Ideal Candidates
When talking about vaginal rejuvenation, the external areas of the vagina are often a cause for dissatisfaction for women like you seeking treatment. You may be able to see loose, floppy skin that is not in proportion to the rest of your anatomy. You may find the excess skin to be a source of embarrassment when wearing form-fitting clothes, a hindrance during sexual activity, or a cause of sexual frustration because you may have a harder time with arousal. Candidates for labiaplasty are generally very self-conscious about how it looks and feels in their intimate areas. You may also have internal complaints as well. These can include a loss of internal tightness, diminished sensation, dryness, or pain with intercourse.
Abnormally sized vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you can't wear revealing outfits (including leggings, bathing suits, or yoga pants) because of the size of your vaginal lips. These are all great reasons to seek treatment. Don't hesitate to call our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Leong is understanding and ready to have this conversation with you so you can enjoy every aspect of your beauty (inside or out).
Labiaplasty Surgical Technique
Most procedures for the labia are performed in an outpatient setting with the needed anesthesia. If the procedure is more extensive, you may require general anesthesia at an accredited facility, which will mean you need a responsible friend or family member to pick you up after your surgery. Dr. Leong will discuss these options and time estimates during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is generally performed with a trimming technique to cut away loose tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured tightly together. Dr. Leong will explain the technique you need for optimal results for your vaginal rejuvenation intervention.
What to Expect with Labiaplasty
You will require about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to abate before returning to work. Dr. Leong recommends applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to decrease swelling. You can not use tampons or have sexual activity for 4 – 6 weeks after a surgical treatment. You may have visible improvements in about six weeks with final results closer to six months after surgery. The results of labiaplasty usually last for a long time, but natural aging, significant weight fluctuations, and childbirth may alter results.
Labiaplasty Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
The total cost of your labiaplasty will be dependent on many factors. During your consultation with Dr. Leong, she will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan. Once you've decided on your options for your vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Leong can estimate your costs and can help you investigate low-interest medical financing, if needed.
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching the aesthetic surgery market, most patients will find that a large majority of plastic surgeon offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to surgically remove any excess skin that exists within the labia; however, a plastic surgeon like Dr. Leong will consider the aesthetics as well to keep scarring at a minimum, and that color, contour, and symmetry all look and feel natural.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be numbness in the vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This should only be temporary until the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regards to sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation effects, for the most part, the vaginal lips only. Sensitivity is served by the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Leong, who has many years of experience performing vaginal rejuvenation surgery, will work around this area so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Leong or a member of her team will go over what to expect after your labiaplasty and tips to make your recovery more comfortable. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area along with some discomfort immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. Dr. Leong will assess your healing during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can help to improve mild to moderate looseness in your vaginal area. However, surgical vaginal rejuvenation is best for significant improvements to tighten and re-shape the labia. During your consultation with Dr. Leong, she can discuss your options and make recommendations based on your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $4,800
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Be Comfortable and Confident
Not every vagina looks exactly alike and a lot of elements may play into the appearance of your outer labia. If you are not comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about labiaplasty. Talk to plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong about your needs and concerns so she can create your unique labiaplasty surgical plan. Schedule a consultation at Dr. Karen Leong in Newport Beach, CA to hear more about rejuvenation with labiaplasty.