Exude Confidence in Your Intimate Feminine Areas
Does getting intimate make you feel too self-conscious down there?
The female genitalia may not be as visible as the other parts of your body, but that doesn’t mean that all women feel secure with their intimate areas.
The truth is, there is no “normal” appearance when it comes to your womanhood. Each vagina is unique, and it comes in many different sizes, shapes, and colors.
But as a symbol of your femininity and sexuality, it is completely understandable how you can feel self-conscious about it.
In fact, a lot of women are unhappy with their vaginal appearance, complaining that their lips look “lopsided” and that they feel insecure wearing tight pants, shorts, lingerie, and bikinis because of it. Some even avoid being intimate with someone just because they don’t want their partner to see the cause of their insecurities.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your genital area and want to make it more aesthetically appealing, then a Newport Beach genital beautification performed by top SoCal plastic surgeon Dr. Siamak Agha may just be what you need for a confidence boost.
Read the rest of this piece to find out how genital beautification can enhance your femininity and make you feel ten times sexier in your own skin.
What is Genital Beautification?
The term “genital beautification” refers to a group of cosmetic procedures for the female genitalia.
But before diving into these individual procedures, it pays to know the external anatomy of the female genitalia, which consists of the following parts:
- Mons pubis – the hair-bearing area over the pubic bone found on the upper portion of the female genitalia
- Labia majora – also known as the outer lips, these are two thick folds of skin running from the mons to the anus. It is covered in pigmented skin, oil glands, and hair.
- Labia minora – also known as the inner lips, it is a pair of smaller folds that protect the clitoris, urinary orifice, and vaginal orifice
- Clitoral hood – also known as prepuce, located in the upper portion in the center of the genitalia. It covers the clitoris, in part or entirely.
- Clitoris – the primary source of female sexual pleasure as it contains a high concentration of nerve endings
- Urethral orifice – the opening where urine exits
- Vaginal orifice – a median slit below the urethral orifice that opens into the vagina
According to Western standards, the ideal external genitalia is flat and hairless, with a practically invisible labia minora.
But as you get older and give birth to children, your external genitalia can stretch and enlarge. Although it does not affect your health, it can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, especially during intimate situations. It can also cause pain and discomfort during exercise, sex, cycling, and other activities.
Top SoCal plastic surgeon Dr. Agha offers a variety of genital beautification procedures at his practice, consisting of labiaplasty, monsplasty, clitoral hoodectomy, and labia majora beautification either through reduction or fat transfer.
The most popular of these genital beautification procedures is labiaplasty, a procedure that makes your labia look more aesthetically pleasing so that you feel more confident in its appearance.
You can also enjoy improved sexual function and satisfaction with most of these procedures. For example, labiaplasty can decrease friction, making it possible for you to enjoy pain-free sexual intercourse.
In other words, genital beautification can address both functional and aesthetic issues at once.
What are Your Genital Beautification Options?
The Aesthetic Centers offers multiple approaches to genital beautification to help you improve your sexual function and satisfaction and enhance your external genitalia’s appearance.
Check out the following surgical and non-surgical options:
Surgical Genital Beautification
As the most requested genital beautification technique, labiaplasty involves the removal of excess tissues and folds from the labia or inner lips, which are flaps of skin that protect the vulva and the vagina.
Trimming these flaps results in a more aesthetically pleasing and youthful labia appearance, as it limits the amount of inner labia tissues visible when you’re standing.
Even though the labia come in different shapes and sizes, some women feel self-conscious in the way that their intimate area appears too “wavy” or visible. It becomes especially frustrating as they become older and have children, as the labia minora can stretch and enlarge.
Labiaplasty is recommended for women who struggle with their labia’s appearance and want to make it look cleaner and more youthful. It also helps them feel more comfortable during exercise, cycling, sex, and other physical activities, as it decreases friction caused by the excess labia tissues.
Aside from aesthetic reasons, women usually get a labiaplasty to repair a deformed labia due to childbirth, disease, or injury.
This procedure is so popular that as much as 95% of those who underwent it reported positive results.
Normally, the prepuce covers and protects the clitoris against abrasion or overstimulation. It naturally retracts during sexual intercourse, leaving the highly sensitive surface of the clitoris exposed and paving the way for an orgasm.
But sometimes, women have small clitoral nodes or excess prepuce tissue that greatly lessen tactile sensation, thus making it hard for them to reach their climax. Some can’t even reach orgasm at all because of this.
With a clitoral hoodectomy – also known as clitoral unhooding – you can get your excess prepuce tissue removed to enhance your sexual experience and lead to better orgasms.
It involves reducing the size of the fold of skin that protects the clitoris, further exposing the clitoris to improve sexual pleasure.
It is often performed together with other genital beautification procedures to maximize the aesthetic results and create a harmonious appearance.
Mons Liposuction and Monsplasty
Your intimate area is hormone-sensitive and can easily change in shape as you age, gain or lose weight, or reach menopause.
Some women have excess skin and/or fat in the mons pubis -- the fatty hair-bearing area above the genitals -- making them feel self-conscious and embarrassed when wearing a bathing suit or tight pants that make the bulge visible. Some even have hanging mons.
You can get rid of this bulge through mons liposuction or monsplasty (also known as pubic lift).
Mons liposuction can effectively remove the fullness of the mons when there is no loose skin. For those who also have mons sagging, monsplasty can reduce and tighten the skin and tissue of the mons pubis by lifting the pubic area.
Both procedures result in a lower profile mons that projects less in clothing you wear, giving you the liberty to wear anything you want.
Labia Majora Reduction
Also known as labia majoraplasty, labia majora reduction reduces the size of your outer vaginal lips or labia major.
It is best for patients who feel that their labia majora is too large and are embarrassed by their fullness. Some may even have excess skin, causing the labia to hang down and resulting in discomfort when doing activities like cycling.
A labia majora reduction results in a smaller, tighter labia majora. It can also result in a lower profile, with the appearance of the labia improving when the patient is standing up.
Dr. Agha’s expertise in this area translates to labia majora incisions that are inconspicuous and well-hidden.
Labia Majora Fat Transfer
As people age, slimmer people may notice a deflation in their labia majora. This presents itself as a roll of empty wrinkled skin on each side of the labia minora.
If you are unhappy with the deflated look of your labia majora and want to have more volume in the area, then you might want to consider getting labia majora fat transfer.
This procedure inflates loose deflated labia majora skin by transferring your own fat from a fat-rich donor site – like your flanks and abdomen – into the labia majora. The increase in volume can help enhance stimulation during intercourse for both partners.
Around 50% to 70% of the injected fat remains viable and lasts permanently. Compared to fillers, the results of labia majora fat transfer are more natural-looking.
It is also not as invasive as other genital beautification procedures, as it does not involve any cutting or suturing. With virtually no downtime, you can resume your regular activities within the day.
Non-Surgical Genital Beautification
For those who’d rather not go under the knife, you can go for our Viveve radiofrequency (RF) treatments instead.
To do this, our PA or aesthetic nurse inserts the handpiece – a thin probe with a tip that emits RF energy – into your vagina for treating vaginal walls with RF for 30 minutes. The RF energy causes deep heat within your tissues to stimulate collagen production, thus tightening the lax mucosa and muscles in your inner and outer vaginal areas.
Doing so gives your intimate area a younger and firmer appearance.
You can immediately return to all normal activities after the short treatment. Even though it is relatively safe and non-invasive, you may still experience mild cramping during the first 24 hours after the procedure.
You’ll start noticing results after eight weeks with one treatment only. Viveve is so effective at collagen production and vaginal wall tightening that the device has been indicated and cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration for treating urinary incontinence after pregnancy.
Click here to learn more about Viveve radiofrequency treatments.
CO2 Fractional Laser
Another non-invasive treatment that you can use for genital beautification is CO2 fractional laser.
Used for vaginal rejuvenation, CO2 fractional laser nourishes and hydrates your vaginal canal, thereby helping treat vaginal and urinary conditions associated with menopause.
Aside from that, it helps make your epithelium thicker, firmer, and more elastic, resulting in improved appearance of your genital area.
Your doctor uses a special scanner to apply CO2 fractional laser on your vaginal walls and skin. It creates tiny, indistinguishable microlesions that trigger the production of new collagen, which helps regenerate tissues.
Every laser treatment activates a tissue regeneration process that lasts for weeks. Over time, you will notice that your vaginal walls are more hydrated, and the skin of your intimate area is more toned.
It also normalizes your vaginal pH, maintaining its natural protective barrier and reducing your risk of infection.
But compared to Viveve radiofrequency treatments, laser treatments only affect the superficial layer of your skin. It causes injury to the epithelium, taking a few days to heal.
Despite this, the whole procedure is painless. It is recommended to have two to three sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart to get the best results.
You may experience other temporary side effects, like redness, swelling, and discomfort. You may resume your normal routine within 1-3 days. Intercourse should be avoided for the first 3-4 days.
Do You Need Labiaplasty?
The most frequently requested genital beautification procedure is labiaplasty. Answer the following questions to see if you need to get this procedure:
- Are your vaginal inner lips enlarged or asymmetrical?
- Do your inner lips hang below your outer labia majora?
- Do you have labia pigmentation or discoloration issues that you want to address?
- Do you want to improve the appearance of your inner lips?
- Do you experience pain and discomfort during exercise and intercourse due to excessive pulling on the lips?
- Do you experience difficulty in labial hygiene?
- Do you avoid wearing bathing suits, yoga pants, and other revealing and form-hugging clothes because you feel self-conscious?
- Do you avoid being intimate with your partner because of the appearance of your vagina?
… But Can You Get Labiaplasty?
Before you sign up for genital beautification, take note that the following factors may affect your results:
Having good physical health with no severe pre-existing conditions is a must for every cosmetic surgery, including genital beautification. Otherwise, it might make your operation too risky.
Discuss with your plastic surgeon the reasons why you want to get genital beautification, including the results you’re expecting. If you have a body dysmorphic disorder or you’re doing this surgery to meet someone else’s expectations, it might not be the best choice for you.
What are the Different Labiaplasty Techniques?
Among all genital beautification methods, labiaplasty is the most popular one.
Though it can be performed using a number of techniques, there are two major labiaplasty techniques that your plastic surgeon can perform on you. Dr. Agha will recommend the best option for you depending on your anatomy and cosmetic concerns and preferences.
Trim or Sculpted Curvilinear
Also known as curvilinear resection, the trim method involves one continuous incision along the edge of the labia minora using scissors, scalpel, or laser.
Through the incision, Dr. Agha removes any excess tissue on either side of the labia minora, producing a curvilinear line of labial tissue. Incisions are closed by absorbable sutures.
The trim method is the most popular technique used in labiaplasty as it creates a “leveled” labial appearance for both the labia minora and labia majora. It makes your labia minora custom-designed, hence making it the technique of choice for very long and enlarged labia.
This technique can also get rid of the dark, pigmented edges of the labia -- one of the primary reasons why women get labiaplasty in the first place.
You can combine this technique with Viveve radiofrequency to tighten the vaginal canal while shaping the labia minora.
In this technique, Dr. Agha creates shorter incisions across the width of the labia instead of along the edge. He then removes a V-shaped wedge of tissue on your labia minora, then stitches the remaining tissue back together to pull and tighten the entire length of the labia minora.
It is considered more complex than the trim method, but it produces more natural-looking results because it preserves the rugated appearance of the labia.
However, the wedge technique only addresses a portion of the labia, so the appearance of your outer edges remains unchanged. It leaves the darkest parts of the labia intact.
Thus, the wedge technique is best for those who want to maintain the natural edging of their labia minora.
How Does Dr. Agha Do Genital Beautification?
All the genital beautification procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgical facility or in-office surgical suite.
With every procedure, Dr. Agha ensures that you get custom-made genitalia that matches your anatomy and preferences.
Here is Dr. Agha’s process of performing genital beautification.
During the consultation, Dr. Agha will discuss your surgical goals to determine which genital beautification procedure is appropriate for you.
He will also ask you about any medical conditions, drug allergies, treatments, and medications you are currently taking if any.
Your external genitalia will be assessed for size and clitoral hooding, so expect to have some photographs taken. You will also have some tests done prior to the procedure to make sure that you are in tiptop shape for whichever surgery you’re going to undergo.
You will be instructed to stop smoking for at least four weeks before your procedure, as it can compromise oxygen flow and slow down your healing process.
If you’re taking any medications like aspirin, blood thinners, and vitamin E, you’ll be asked to stop them two weeks before the surgery to optimize healing.
Prepare your recovery kit in advance, such as:
- OTC pain meds
- Ice packs
- Low-sodium foods
Since genital beautification is an outpatient procedure, make sure that you arrange for someone to drive you to and from the clinic. The anesthesia will make you feel groggy, making you unfit to drive by yourself.
There should also be someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours post-op to assist you with your needs.
Do not eat anything starting at midnight of your procedure.
How Do You Recover from Genital Beautification?
Although every patient recovers at her own pace, full recovery usually takes up to two weeks.
Though you may have some initial discomfort, it will subside in a couple of days and can be controlled with oral medications. You may also experience bruising and swelling within the first week.
To prevent infection, Dr. Agha may instruct you to apply an antibiotic ointment on your incision line twice a day for the first two weeks.
Take note that sitting down and urinating may feel uncomfortable early on in the postoperative period. That is why it is recommended to stay on bed rest for a while and keep your pelvis elevated to reduce swelling.
You may also apply a cold compress for 20 to 30 minutes at a time on your operative site to minimize pain, swelling, and bruising.
You may return to work once you feel comfortable doing so.
It is also common to experience some numbness in the area for days. Once your sensation starts to return, it will be signaled by a tingling, pins and needles type of sensation.
Avoid wearing tampons for the first few menstrual cycles after labial procedures to avoid trauma while you’re healing.
Expect your scars to fade within a few months. They won’t be noticeable in the first place because they blend into your labia’s multiple folds and wrinkles.
Here is an estimated timeline of your genital beautification recovery barring any complications.
Full bathing allowed
Resume sexual intercourse
What Results Can You Expect from Genital Beautification?
Getting genital beautification gives you the following results:
- Shorter, more inconspicuous labia minora
- Symmetrical labia
- No more labia pigmentation or discoloration
- Overall better genital appearance
- Improved sexual satisfaction
Keep in mind that you’ll only start seeing the final results of your surgery once the swelling completely subsides anywhere between three months to one year.
Although genital beautification results are permanent, your body will continue to change as time goes by. If you have a baby after undergoing these procedures, your labial tissues may stretch and have some discoloration once again.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications?
Although genital beautification is safe, some risks and side effects are still possible.
For one, you might develop some skin irregularities, like wrinkles on your labia or discoloration surrounding the edges of both your labia majora and minora.
The wedge method for labiaplasty might also have some complications in the hands of a less skilled plastic surgeon. Done wrong, it might result in the tightening of the vaginal opening or even injury to the urethral opening.
You might also have some asymmetry, pigmentation, and sensory changes.
Other possible complications include infection, hematoma, prolonged bruising, excessive bleeding, scarring, extreme swelling, and reopening of sutures, though these happen rarely.
If you are unhappy with the surgery, you might need to get revision surgery as long as you’ve already healed for at least five months.
How Much Does a Newport Beach Genital Beautification Cost?
According to RealSelf data, labiaplasty ranges from $4,000 to $7,800 on average. It increases with every procedure you add.
One of the biggest factors that affect costs is the extent of the procedure. Sometimes, it’s not only the inner lips that need to be trimmed but also the clitoral hood or outer lips. And since genital beautification is a highly individualized procedure, you may need to undergo a particular technique to address your specific concerns.
Other factors you need to take into account include location, anesthesia, facility fees, lab work, medical tests, medications, and follow-up appointments.
Since these are elective procedures, they are unlikely to be covered by insurance.
Dr. Agha offers financing options to help you manage the cost of surgery. You may discuss this with the staff here.
Get Your Genital Beautification Done in Newport Beach, Orange County
Every woman’s genitalia is unique. As such, you need to find a plastic surgeon who knows how to create a custom-made labia that takes into account your anatomy, needs, and preferences.
Dr. Agha from The Aesthetic Centers not only tailor fits the procedure to give you exactly what you want but also values privacy and discretion so that you can undergo genital beautification with utmost trust and confidence.