The Difference Between Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation

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For women self-conscious about their appearance, plastic surgery has become a viable alternative to help improve their looks and bring out a larger feeling of confidence. For women particularly sensitive about their genitalia, aesthetic procedures to improve those areas have become increasingly popular and have become less taboo over the last five to 10 years. Out of this curiosity, many patients have recently become interested in vaginal surgery options, including labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation. We’re here to help explain the differences between these two surgeries and provide you with other options to help you feel more beautiful in your skin.

Labiaplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, and Other Procedures

Your needs ultimately determine which types of treatments you need, and there are many plastic surgery options out there that can work for you. If you’ve been living with pain and discomfort, especially during more intimate moments such as sex, then plastic surgery may be able to help relieve that pain and discomfort and give you a more enjoyable experience with your body and connection to your sexuality. Most of all, finding the right treatment for you matters more than the opinions of others, and procedures such as labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation can help.

So, what’s the difference between these two types of treatments? Many plastic surgeons will have their techniques and methods for performing vaginal procedures, but as a general gist, these two procedures are defined through these characteristics:

Labiaplasty: Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that handles the external appearance of the genitalia, specifically with the labia minora, the folds of skin around the vagina and clitoris. Removing the excess skin corrects asymmetry issues, attempts to alleviate discomfort during sex and exercise, and is an effective way to address issues of laxity caused by menopause, pregnancy, and weight loss. This procedure is often included in combined procedures such as mommy makeovers to help boost self-esteem and overall appearance.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: Vaginal rejuvenation is a collection of surgical and non-surgical procedures that focus specifically on the vaginal canal and other vaginal tissues. Firming and toning these tissues are achieved through either laser devices or radiofrequency and stimulate cell turnover within the vaginal wall to create more flexibility and firmness. These procedures are also used to help make intercourse less painful and more enjoyable overall.

Other procedures, including clitoral hood reduction, mons pubis reduction and lift, and vaginoplasties, can also help with other problems with the genital areas, and each plastic surgeon will have their techniques for performing these procedures best suit you.

Choosing The Right Procedure For Your Needs

The best way to choose what procedure works best for you is by understanding your specific needs, focal points, and long-term goals when it comes to your outer and inner beauty. Your needs can help determine which plastic surgery procedure will work with your body, and your plastic surgeon can help discuss your options, candidacy for these procedures, and what to expect when heading into surgery. When you discuss these options with your plastic surgeon, they’ll be able to guide you towards solutions that work for you directly.


Paula Moynahan, MD

Dr. Paula Moynahan, MD is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Middlebury, CT and NYC and has over 53 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Medical College Of Pennsylvania medical school in 1968. To optimize her patients’ results, Dr. Moynahan developed a unique proprietary skin treatment line in 1984, updated continuously with every scientific advancement in skincare. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Moynahan to book an appointment.

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