Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for primarily altering the labia minora, inner lips of the vagina. Many women with enlarged labia may have no symptoms, pain or discomfort and can live normal lives. For others, enlarged labia can be uncomfortable, often with pain and can lead to frequent vaginal infections. Many women may experience pain with intercourse, as well as discomfort when wearing tight clothing or exercising. Surgical correction is indicated in those women with the above mentioned symptoms or when the labia minora are disproportionately larger than the outer lips of the vagina.
During a labiaplasty operation, a vaginoplasty to tighten the vaginal opening and wall along with liposuctioning of the suprapubic (fatty area above the vagina) area can be done to provide a complete vaginal rejuvenation. A labiaplasty essentially involves surgically reducing the size of the inner labial lips to create a more symmetrical relationship to the rest of the vagina.
According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, most women request and undergo labiaplasty to improve the aesthetic appearance of the labial region with a more symmetrical appearance. However, there are also many women who have a labiaplasty to help them manage pain during physical activities. I feel women should undergo a labiaplasty for the right reasons. Whether that choice is for medical reasons or for an improvement in aesthetics, it is a choice that should be made by the patient and her surgeon.
At the Plastic Surgery Center and the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, we perform labiaplasty procedures routinely and safely to provide our patients with the best results. I have been performing labiaplasties along with other vaginal rejuvenation procedure at the Plastic Surgery Center for several years.
HYPERHIDROSIS (excessive sweating)
What it hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably, and in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature.
What causes hyperhidrosis?
Although neurologic, metabolic, and other systemic diseases can sometimes cause hyperhidrosis, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy. Hot temperatures or emotional responses may trigger the condition, but those who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat nearly any or all their waking hours.
How common is hyperhidrosis?
An estimated two to three percent of Americans suffer from excessive sweating of the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis) or of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis). Underarm issues tend to start in late adolescence, while palm and sole sweating often begin earlier, around the age 13, on the average. Untreated, hyperhidrosis may continue throughout life.
How is hyperhidrosis treated?
Botulinum toxin (Botox), a nerve toxin that can temporarily paralyze muscle, has been shown to be an effective for excessive underarm sweating and is an FDA approved treatment.
Botox is injected into a number of spots in each armpit. This may produce approximately six months of relief from sweating. The injections are made with a very small injection needle in order to make them as pain-free as possible.
At the Plastic Surgery Center in New Jersey, patients benefit from the expertise of our plastic surgery specialists, who have experience in treating hyperhidrosis. After a free consultation with one of our physicians to determine your eligibility for this procedure, an individualized treatment plan will be designed and at a subsequent appointment at one of our locations, employed to meet your goals.