(Aug. 31, 2005) -- “Why didn’t my doctor tell me about that,” exclaim most of my patients; referring to the newest cosmetic laser surgery to improve your sex life.
In reality, women ARE asking, but not being heard, when it comes to concerns related to sexuality and the appearance of their genitals.
I am regularly queried by women from all over the United States coming to the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of San Antonio on ways to improve sexual gratification and reduce or eliminate urinary leakage related to childbirth (stress urinary incontinence or SUI).
Whether physicians are just unaware of the procedures, lack the surgical expertise or just are uncomfortable with the topic, many women are not being provided with all of the options available to address their needs.
In my specialty practice, these issues are dealt with on a daily basis with great sensitivity and seriousness. I feel every woman has the right to change her body so that it makes life better for her. I offer women that opportunity.
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation (What is Vaginal Rejuvenation? See before and after pictures and find out about cost.) and Laser Reduction Labiaplasty (What is Labiaplasty?) are 60-90 minute outpatient laser procedures. LVR not only enhances sensation with intercourse after childbearing but also improves stress urinary incontinence; a great relief for many women.
Laser Reduction Labiaplasty removes excess, pigmented, or uneven labial tissue that may not only be embarrassing, but also uncomfortable with sex, wearing certain clothing, or participating in various sports activities like bike riding.
In both procedures, the laser minimizes blood loss, reduces inflammation and risk for infection and reduces recovery time, thus offering an improvement on the standard techniques with the scalpel. You can be back at work in 4-6 days following surgery.
Linda, a patient of mine, is a married 38 year old woman with two young children. Sex had changed significantly over the years following the birth of her last child and she felt her partner to be more physically distant.
“I can’t feel him inside of me,” she whispered and thought it might not feel the same for him either. They hadn’t discussed it because neither knew how to bring it up.
Unfortunately, many couples never talk about the differences they notice when their sex life resumes after having a baby. Yet, feeling sexy doesn’t always happen as easily as you would like.
Sensations are reduced because of stretched vaginal walls and a stretched or scarred vaginal opening (a baby’s head fit through that two inch opening!). Leaking urine at inopportune times, like during sex, is also a symptom of a relaxed vaginal wall.
And it isn’t always just for women that things have changed. Your loving partner doesn’t necessarily feel the same friction with intercourse that he did prior to childbirth and he may be afraid of hurting your feelings by saying things aren’t the same.
On the other hand, women don’t like to bring up the topic of sexual satisfaction with their partners because the male ego can be easily traumatized by any implication that the sex they are providing isn’t top-notch. But it is NOBODY’S fault that these changes occur and there is a solution!
With Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, we tighten the front and/or back vaginal walls along with the vaginal opening (see explanation of female anatomy). This enhances frictional forces and improves sensations with intercourse. It also reduces or eliminates the leakage of urine.
In tightening the front vaginal wall, support is provided to the bladder neck and bladder which significantly improves and may even eliminate stress urinary incontinence (the leaking of urine with sneezing, coughing, lifting, exercising, laughing and other activities that increase abdominal pressure). Excess vaginal tissue is removed to improve the tone of the front wall and tighten it.
By tightening the back wall, symptoms related to bowel function, i.e. constipation, hemorrhoids, problems with tampons staying in, problems with your partner’s penis staying in, having to help yourself move your bowels by reaching into the vagina and applying pressure to the back wall, are all fixable!!! And so is the problem of not feeling your partner.
Within six to ten weeks of the surgery, sexual activity can resume. And the difference is noticeable right away.
Linda was ecstatic. The day after surgery she was almost jumping for joy. “No more leaking,” she shouted.
Eight weeks later, I heard from her again. “You’re a miracle worker, Dr. Hailparn! Sex hasn’t felt this good since I was 22. That’s for both of us.”
The labia minora are the two flaps of skin that hang in between the hair-covered labia majora (see explanation of female anatomy). For many women, these flaps of skin become more obvious after puberty with growth and pigmentation occurring that, for some, can be extreme.
Girls evolving into women are feeling uncomfortable with normal physical changes before they understand them. Negative comments by school-mates, lovers or family members deeply hurt these women who already are perceiving their bodies in a negative way and feel different from those around them.
There are excess folds of skin; the darkness, the moisture and it’s private. So private that a lot of women don’t even know what they look like and if it’s okay. So private that women don’t share their concerns about their genitals and sexual function with anyone.
And many doctors tell their patients who raise concerns about their labia that they are “normal.”
Just because they look anatomically “normal,” they are still making their owners unhappy.
Ann is a 24 year old single woman who has been bothered by her labia minora as long as she can remember. They protrude well beyond the labia majora, and a young family member once saw her coming out of the shower and asked her “what’s that sticking out? It looks like a camel-toe.”
Ann was totally embarrassed by her appearance to the degree she wouldn’t allow her partner to see her with the lights on, and she never truly felt comfortable being touched because of how she felt about her looks.
Understand, size is not always the issue, but also comfort, hygiene, aesthetics and accessibility. As a female gynecologist with over a decade of surgical experience, my practice strongly supports providing safe and sensitive options for women bothered by their labia.
Female body parts are good…and they should make you feel good, too. If you have pain or discomfort with intercourse and/or other activities or if your labia are long, pigmented, uneven or uncomfortable, then consider the option of labia reduction.
Ann left San Antonio for home the day after her Laser Reduction Labiaplasty. The difference was immediately noticeable and she cried she was so happy to no longer have those long labia minora.
Her recovery was a quick four weeks and she felt renewed in her sexuality. She wrote “I finally feel wonderful about my body. I can even show it to my partner now. I feel beautiful.”
Hundreds of women have found the secret to improving the way they look, feel and function through Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and Laser Reduction Labioplasty. If you have concerns, you can change your life for the better with this safe and effective option for women.
(Read another article on Urinary Incontinence written by Dr. Hailparn.)
Dr. Troy Robbin Hailparn was the first female Board-Certified OB-GYN in the U.S. trained in Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and Laser Reduction Labiaplasty. She is Medical Director of the Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio (formerly the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of San Antonio). Dr. Hailparn has performed over 3,500 vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty and other cosmetic gynecology procedures since 2003. To contact the Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio, call 210-615-6646 or use our contact form. We're happy to answer your questions or help you book a consultation with Dr. Hailparn.
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