Labiaplasty

As more awareness on facial and body cosmetic looks has been trending over the last several years there has also been more interest in the functionality and appearence of the labia minora/majora.  While most women don’t really give the appearence of the labia a second thought there are a lot of women who have been suffering with enlarged and mis-shapen labia. Sometimes the enlargement occurred just by going through puberty.  Sometimes it occurred  after childbirth where the labial swelling of pregnancy did not retract completely.  Most of the time these women complain that it is affecting their appearence in tight fitting garments or causing pain with activity and sexual intercourse. So many patients are embarassed by this and afraid to bring it up to their doctor.  However, many avenues of help are now available to give you a more normal appearance and to reduce enlarged labia that may be getting uncomfortably pulled when walking, running or with sex.  At Genesis we are able to reduce the labia both surgically or with our FemiLift laser.  Which one used depends on the size and irregularity of the labia.  With minor uniform enlargement and/or pigmentation, an attachment to the FemiLift can be used to shrink the tissue by using the same laser used to tighten the vagina in the FemiLift.  A tightening of the labia and fading of any pigmented tissue then occurs over the next couple of weeks.  There is no discomfort or downtime associated with this technique.  We do suggest 3 treatments a month apart to get the best result.

However, we are seeing many patients who have marked appendage like projections of the labial tissue that need surgical repair.  This is done in our GYN O.R. at Genesis using oral sedation and local numbing.  Either the wedge resection or an edge resection technique can be utilized depending on the amount and location of the tissue needing to be removed.  Most patients notice discomfort for the first day or so but are quickly back to light activity and even work in a few days.

There is no need to be embarassed by your bottom.  Labial deformity is a common problem in most women.  If it is causing a decrease in your self-esteem, embarassment with how you look in tighter pants, or pain with movement or intercourse then it’s time to do something about it.  We can help at Genesis.  Give us a call for a consultation where we can determine what would give you the best look and functionality.

Be well

Dr. ODell

 

FemiLift ..an excellent treatment for vaginal dryness, laxity, and incontinence

Well, it’s been a year since we started using Femilift for Vaginal Laxity, mild urinary incontinance, and vaginal dryness.  The results have been truly AMAZING.  I first blogged on this revolutionaary devise a little over a year ago and I am happy to say that there has been virtually 100% satisfaction to date.  We have had a mixture of patients come in with single complaints to many with multiple complaints listed above.  One patient who had dryness from menopause could not use the vaginal creams due to irritation nor take the oral treatment due to extreme side effects.  Vaginal lubricants burned so badly she could not enjoy sex.  After one treatment she noted a 40% improvement in her symptoms after about 2-3 weeks.  After the second treatment it was 90+% better to the point that she had a return of vaginal moisture and no further burning.  Multiple patients treated for the minor incontinence are reporting similar results with no leaking on running or other activities that required a pad before treatment.  All patients have experienced a tightenting of vaginal caliber and more fulfillment with sex for both her and her partner.  I know it sounds too good to be true but it has been 100 % satifaction reported by all my treated patients.  Now if you are having bulging from the vaginal opening with incomplete emptying of the bladder or a large amount of leakage then this may not be the cure as some of the more severe cases may need surgery.  That can be determined by a simple pelvic exam.

Femilift takes about 5 minutes to do and can be done over your lunch break or even after work on the way home.  No anesthesia is required although a numbing cream can be used if desired.  However, to date, no one felt that numbing was necessary as any discomfort was described as a slight pinch on one or two pulses of the laser. ( we usually do 30-70 pulses depending on the vaginal depth).  There is no down time afterward.  Yes, it takes three treatments a month apart to get the complete lift and tightening but most patients are reporting that they are very satisfied after two sessions.  The third one, I feel, will give you greater longevity of the treatment.

Femilift uses a fraxelated CO2 laser that divides the laser beam into about 16 small pin dots. These small pin dot lasers make micro damage into the collagen support layer of the vagina and also stimulate lining cell growth in the vagina.  As healing and new collagen is formed there is a thickening of the lining cells and also a thikening and lift to the collagen support of the vagina.  This results in an improvement of the vaginal looseness and a thickening and lift around the bladder stem or urethra that corrects the minor incontinence.  Because of a return of normal lining cells or epithelium an increase in vaginal lubrication is evident.

Again I am so amazed at this revolutionary treatment that is so easily performed in the office at Genesis.  If you are having any of the triad… vaginal laxity, minor leakage, vaginal dryness…then call us for more information and a consult about Femilift.  Our number is 843-669-2220.

Stay healthy

Dr. ODell