Vaginal rejuvenation usually refers to a combination of any procedures that involve the vagina (vaginoplasty) and vulva (vulvoplasty or labiaplasty). They are done to improve the appearance and, in certain circumstances, improve the function of the vagina and its surrounding parts.
Vaginoplasty at LAMC utilizes incisions that are made by a device that uses radio frequency rather than lasers or scalpels, which limits damage to tissues around the incision as well as excess bleeding. The procedure is done internally under local anesthesia. During vaginoplasty, the vaginal wall is strengthened and tightened.
Labiaplasty is a reduction of excess skin from the labia minora (the smaller, inner lips of the vulva).
There is no simple answer to who would be a good candidate. The best way to find out if vaginal rejuvenation would be a good fit for you is to come in for a consultation with a surgeon.
Vaginal rejuvenation is designed to help patients experiencing symptoms such as:
Not necessarily. Vaginal rejuvenation tightens the vaginal walls and can increase sensitivity, but does not guarantee a more pleasurable sex life.
Recovery from vaginal rejuvenation varies from patient to patient. Your surgeon will be able to guide you and answer any questions that you have, so be sure to prepare before your consultation by writing down any questions you have. In your consultation you’ll learn about normal symptoms, side effects and the signs of potential complications after the procedure.
After the procedure, it’s normal to experience:
When you’ve undergone vaginal rejuvenation, patients are typically able to return to work after around one week. It’s recommended to not engage in sex or exercise for 4 to 6 weeks. You’re also advised to avoid baths during this time to avoid infection. Your surgeon will offer other suggestions if necessary.
This depends on the type of procedure you receive. A labiaplasty affects the outer skin of the vulva and may leave minor surgical scarring that will fade over time. A vaginoplasty is entirely internal and does not leave any visible scarring.
The results are typically permanent, but a pregnancy after the procedure or significant weight gain can affect the results. These factors are not the exclusive reasons that results could change with time, but are the most common.
$1,500 - $4,000
The Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure that's done to add fullness and shape to the buttocks. The process includes a fat transfer from one or more parts of the body to the buttocks. The fat cells are drawn out through liposuction from areas such as the abdomen, hips, back or thighs and then implanted into the buttocks.
A butt lift is typically done under general anesthesia. During the procedure, small incisions are made where the fat will be drawn from and then on the patient's buttocks so the fat cells can be distributed and layered evenly. The incisions are then sewn up after the procedure is complete.
Following the surgery, small drainage tubes will be inserted and you'll be given a compression garment to wear to support and hold the new shape. This garment will need to be worn for several weeks, but might need to be worn for up to 4 months to help maintain good results. Your surgeon will give you recommendations.
All procedures are different, but patients should expect the surgery to take between 2 to 8 hours.
The best way to know if you're a good candidate is through a consultation with an experienced surgeon. During your consultation, your will work with you to decide if the procedure would be an appropriate option for you. It's important to understand ahead of time that many factors can affect your candidacy. Your age, the amount of available fat you have for transfer and your general health, including heart and lung disorders will all be considered.
As with all surgeries, there are always risks associated with infections, excess bleeding, swelling, scarring and allergic reactions to anesthesia. Your surgeon will go over these and other risks with you during your consultation.
After the surgery, you might have drains inserted to keep swelling down and avoid infections, you'll also be given compression garments to wear for the weeks following surgery. Some bruising and swelling is to be expected, but this should recede soon on its own within a few weeks.
You will be able to walk immediately after the procedure, but activity will be kept to minimum for the first few weeks. Your doctor will explain everything you need to do after surgery, including when to wear the compression garments, how to care for the drains, what activities you can engage in and how often.
The following weeks and months after your surgery will include some pain that should be manageable with medications prescribed by the doctor. If the pain is unmanageable, be sure to contact the physician. Routine questions are expected and you should feel comfortable contacting the doctor's office to get answers during recovery.
The procedure uses fat cells from your own body, which can change depending on several factors including aging, pregnancy, weight gain or loss and metabolic changes. Much of the fat that is transferred to the buttock—up to around 40%—will be absorbed back into the body. But because the cells that remain are your own, they will stay put semi-permanently.
$6,500 to $10,000
Liposuction is a surgical removal of fat deposits from targeted areas of a patient's body.
Liposuction uses a narrow pen-like instrument called a cannula that is inserted through a small slit made in the patient's skin near the target area. Fat deposits are then broken up and suctioned out through a tube connected to the cannula, possibly to be transferred to another part of the patient's body.
Though liposuction can help many people hoping to find their ideal body shape, the ideal candidates will be non-smokers within 30% of their ideal weight who have no serious illnesses that may impair the healing and recovery process after the surgery.
Liposuction can be done on the abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, arms, buttocks, back, neck or face. A complete procedure may include multiple areas of the body. Liposuction can also be used to reduce breast size in men (gynecomastia) or to remove fat tumors (lipomas).
The effects of liposuction are semi-permanent, but are not meant as a weight loss treatment. Liposuction is meant to be used as a body shaping and contouring procedure that reshapes, rather than permanently changing body composition. The best way to maintain the body shape attained through the surgery is through healthy weight maintenance including exercise, appropriate diet and professional consultation with either a nutritionist or primary care physician.
Patients are able to go home after their procedure, but will need to reduce the amount of activity they normally do throughout a day. Patients should expect soreness during the first week of recovery that can be dealt with by using pain medication and getting rest. Immediately after the procedure, clinic staff will dress the patient in a compression garment with foam pads that will reduce swelling and bleeding. Your surgeon will let you know how long to wear the garment.
Always be sure you are working with a certified cosmetic surgeon practicing within their training and specialization. After surgery, be sure to follow the instructions your surgeon gives you for the best possible recovery. Results will always vary by patient and full results may take up to a year to see. Be patient and follow the directions you receive from your doctor.
During the procedure, incisions are made to insert the cannula. These incisions are typically about a centimeter across and will leave mild scars that will be sewn up after the liposuction is done. If no other complications occur, the scars will heal normally and fade within a year.
Side effects are uncommon, in particular when the procedure is conducted by a certified cosmetic surgeon. However, some side effects can occur. They include contour irregularities, rippled skin, adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding, hematoma or seroma, permanent skin color change and sensation change in the skin.
Liposuction does not generally create any issues in regards to pregnancy or the ability to someday be pregnant. It is not expected to have any adverse effects on your body or cause any hindrance of your ability to get pregnant. The effects of pregnancy can have significant effect on the shape and composition of your body, though.
$2,000 and up
TUBA stands for Transumbilical breast augmentation. The name refers to the use of a small incision in the abdomen instead of an incision made on the breast or in the armpit, like other breast augmentation surgeries.
The surgery is performed by making a small incision just above the navel and then creating a narrow channel from the incision to the breast with a tube called an endoscope. The cavity where the implant will go is also created by the endoscope. When the incision, channel and cavity are made, the empty implant is then placed and later filled with saline water.
When you come in for your consultation, you'll meet with the surgeon who will speak with you about realistic expectations, your health history, how the procedure works and what risks there are. The surgeon will examine your chest and make markings to demonstrate what will be changed through the procedure. By the end of the consultation, you and your surgeon will have developed a treatment plan that lays out all relevant information and when your surgery will take place.
Every patient varies, but most patients experience pain for the first two to three days. Your surgeon will work with you before and after surgery to decide how best to manage your pain and you will most likely be prescribed a pain medication.
You should be able to walk around immediately after the procedure. And in the following days, it will be important to do so to prevent blood clots. Redness, swelling and tightness in the chest are typical, but should resolve completely within a month.
Because TUBA is performed with an endoscope, there is only one small incision that's made above the navel. The incision will leave a minor scar that will heal with time.
As with any surgeries of this kind, risks associated with transumbilical breast augmentation include infections, hematoma, seroma, changes in breast sensation and ruptures in implants.
Because the implant is filled inside of the body through the endoscope, it requires saline implants. These implants are of as good of quality and present less complication if they rupture.
In the event of a rupture, the same entry point in the abdomen will be used and no new scars will have to be made.
There is no proof that a breast augmentation will cause problems with breastfeeding later in life. However, weight gain, physical changes and breastfeeding from pregnancy can cause changes in the breasts and affect the augmentation results.
Breast reductions are surgical procedures that are done to reduce the size of a patient's breasts. Women usually seek these out because their breasts cause physical discomfort and pain. Many women have also experienced emotional distress from social interactions such as teasing, harassment and bullying that cause undue shame.
Breast reductions can alleviate some of these issues, but shouldn't be considered a panacea that will fix all of the issues associated with having large breasts. This surgery is usually performed along with a breast lift, which raises and reshapes the breast.
Breast lifts are also commonly performed for women whose breasts have changed over time from age, pregnancy or weight loss. A breast lift raises the breast and repositions the nipple to face forward, sometimes resizing it as well.
All candidates need to be in good health to move forward with the surgery. Your surgeon can help assess your health during a consultation. Common candidates for breast reduction are adult women with large breasts that cause back pain, discomfort, trouble breathing or embarrassment.
Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering pregnancy in the future are not recommended to choose a breast lift or reduction because all of these events can change the structure of the breasts in significant and unpredictable ways.
On average, breast reduction surgery will take between three to five hours, but every patient is different. Your surgeon will be able to give you a better idea of this during your consultation.
Breast lift surgery alone is usually performed within one to two hours. Both surgeries typically require sedating the patient with general anesthesia for their comfort.
Your surgeon will do everything they can to minimize any scarring left by the incisions from your surgery. Depending on the contours of your breasts, the incisions may be able to be hidden, but any scars left after the procedure will fade with time and blend back closer to look like the surrounding skin.
Results are typically long term, but some physical changes can affect the appearance of your breasts. Rapid loss or gain of weight, pregnancy and age can all cause the breasts to change.
As with any surgery, there are risks for complications with breast reductions or lifts. Those risks include
Your surgeon will cover these risks with you during your free consultation, which is an appropriate time for you to raise any concerns you have about your health or your chance of experiencing complications after surgery.
Recovery for reductions and lifts are generally similar. Immediately after surgery you will be monitored by the clinic staff to make sure you are in good health. You will likely have compression garments for circulation and drains attached to your breasts to keep fluid and blood from collecting.
Your surgeon and the staff will give you and a caretaker guidelines you should follow to ensure the best possible recovery. You'll have a follow up set up after the surgery when your progress can be assessed.
Though every patient's experience is different, most patients should be able to return to work within ten days and get back to exercising and strenuous activity within five to six weeks.
Yes, some men opt to have a breast reduction because they have dealt with excess skin, tissue or fat that they can't reduce with diet or exercise alone. This procedure is referred to as a gynecomastia. We welcome men who are interested in this procedure to contact us for a free consultation.
$5,500 to $9,000
A tummy tuck—or abdominoplasty—is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from around the abdomen and strengthens the abdominal muscles.
The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes around two to three hours to complete. Patients are monitored in the office after the surgery is over to ensure there are no immediate signs of complications, but patients are able to go home the same day.
The best candidates for tummy tucks are people who have lost a significant amount of weight, and are also at a stable weight before scheduling a surgery.
Patients will typically have excess or loose skin around their abdomen that won't respond to diet and exercise alone. Many people who choose a tummy tuck are mothers who have given birth, weight-loss surgery recipients and individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight in a short time from diet and exercise.
A tummy tuck doesn't require liposuction, but it will often be done to even out the shape of the abdomen when excess skin is removed.
A tummy tuck isn't a weight loss surgery. They are often performed after a person receives weight loss surgery and has reached a stable weight.
Your surgeon will have gone over the recovery process with you during your consultation. Following your procedure, you'll be monitored to ensure you are healthy and stable before being released to go home. An initial follow up visit will be scheduled with the surgeon to remove any drains and to check on your progress.
It's normal to experience redness, swelling and bruises for the first few weeks after surgery. You should be able to return to work after about two weeks. Avoid heavy lifting for around five to six weeks.
Throughout the recovery process, it's important for you to maintain communication with your surgeon. You can do this at routine follow ups or by calling or emailing to ask questions you have during recovery.
Results are semi-permanent, but multiple factors can affect them. Weight fluctuation and age are both common contributing factors that can change body composition. It's recommended that you not get tummy tuck surgery if you may become pregnant again because it will affect the outcome of your surgery.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with tummy tucks, including:
Yes they do. Around 8,000 men elected to get a tummy tuck procedure done in 2016.
$6,000 to $9,000
Minor surgeries are simple, outpatient procedures that typically don't require general anesthetic and can be resolved with minimally invasive treatments. Because patients have different needs, we try to work with them on a case-by-case basis. Some of the most common procedures we do include:
There is no exact way to do this without speaking with a trained professional who can help determine what you have and what could be the best solution to your problem. You should be able to get answers to all of your questions during your free consultation.
It's best to prepare ahead of time by creating a list of questions you have about the symptoms you're experiencing which you can bring to your consultation. With these as a reference, you'll be able to make an informed decision about your health that leads to the best possible result.
You might not. Though that doesn't mean that you should let an issue go without a medical consultation. Your consultation is a free resource to help you decide if what you are experiencing could require treatment.
Generally, because these treatments are minimally invasive, there are few, if any risks. Some treatments, such as those using lasers, can cause some pain, redness or swelling, but these side-effects resolve quickly and are typically mild.
This depends on many things. The amount of time it takes to complete your procedure is determined by what you need treated (the treatment decided on by you and the doctor) and whether or not the procedure can be done the same day as your consultation.
All procedures will vary depending on your needs as a patient, but treatments usually cost between $700 and $2000.
Rhinoplasty is also referred to as nose surgery or a nose job. It's a surgical procedure to change the structure of the nose to improve its function or appearance.
Every candidate is different, but the best candidates are adults who do not smoke and are healthy enough to undergo surgery. Your free consultation will give you an opportunity to meet with our surgeon and ask any questions you have about the procedure.
Nose surgery has the potential to fix many different issues with the structure of the nose, including damage done by most injuries. Every case is different, though, and your surgeon will help you to develop realistic expectations of what surgery can accomplish.
Adult patients with fully developed noses (usually at least 18 years old) are the most appropriate candidates. Patients younger than 18 will need the permission and participation of a parent or guardian. Patients who are younger than 18 could see further growth and development in their noses, which can affect the results of a surgery.
After your procedure is finished, your nose will have a splint and/or packing that will protect its shape while the initial healing takes place. For the first few weeks, it is normal to experience some pain, swelling and bruising, but this will fade with time. For the first year, some of these symptoms may recur, but should continue to fade over this time. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss precautions you'll need to take to make sure you have the best possible outcome.
Because rhinoplasty is a surgery, there are certain risks that can result from the procedure. Some of these include:
Your surgeon will discuss other possible risks with you during your consultation and offer advice on how to see the best possible results.
$6,000 to $9,000
Eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that is used to change the appearance and function of the eyes.
The best patients are people who are in good health with symptoms that include:
You will be given directions on how to care for the surgical area, including cleaning and what activities to avoid. During your consultation, you'll set up a follow up with your surgeon to check on your progress and possibly have your stitches removed. For the first week, you should use a cold compress to reduce swelling. To avoid excess bleeding, take acetaminophen rather than aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal supplements to help with any pain. In the weeks following, it's normal to have swelling and discoloration around the eyes, but this should fade quickly. However, it's important to note that complete results may take up to a year to be seen. This takes patience and commitment to the recommendations your doctor gives you. Be sure to stay in contact throughout your recovery, so you can have questions answered and see the best results.
There are some potential risks associated with eyelid surgery, which include:
The results of eyelid surgery are permanent, but the skin around the eyes can still change after surgery due to age, weight change, hormonal changes, environmental effects and more.
$3,000 and up.
At LAMC, we provide the following laser procedures:
Laser procedures vary, but generally patients should be in good health and possess a positive attitude and realistic expectations. The following is a guideline for LAMC's laser procedures:
Except in severe cases, laser treatments do not leave scars. Be sure to discuss any issues you have had with your skin in the past during your free consultation.
The amount of discomfort from a laser procedure varies by treatment and patient. If you have a low pain tolerance, you should discuss this during your free consultation. During your consultation, you will also find out more about the difference between skin pigments and intensity of the laser, which can affect the discomfort you might feel during the procedure.
Typically with laser procedures, the recovery is very minimal and has few precautions to follow. With laser treatments, it's common to experience some redness, swelling and soreness at the sight of exposure. The discomfort is often compared to a sunburn, with some patients experiencing itching, stinging, cracking, peeling and even blisters. You will need to avoid itching or further irritating the area. Your specialist will make recommendations for you to follow, including cleansing and treating the skin, how to protect yourself from the sun and what steps to take in the future after recovery. Depending on the procedure you choose, you may need to return for follow up treatments to make sure you receive the maximum effect.
The greatest risks associated with laser procedures are when the operator is not a trained professional. Our laser specialists are trained to treat patients with a wide variety of needs. There are some possible complications that are associated with laser procedures, including:
During your free consultation, your specialist will provide you with advice and recommendations to minimize the possibility of complications.
Depending on the treatment staring at $150 and up.
Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart. Both spider and varicose veins are blood vessels that are not pumping blood effectively any longer and so they start to change in appearance as well.
Spider veins are small, thin and either a blue or red color that's visible through the skin. They are often connected in a circular shape that looks similar to a spider web.
A varicose vein is a swollen and twisted blood vessel that's raised above the skin around it. They are not always colorful, but they can show through the skin as blue. Varicose veins can cause cramps, swelling and fatigue in a leg.
If you show any signs and symptoms of either spider or varicose veins, you are most likely a good candidate. Your vital signs and health history will be assessed during your consultation as well as your commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle to promote the best possible results.
Treatment may include one of two different possible options. The main options are laser therapy or sclerotherapy. Laser therapy uses laser light shined onto the surface of the skin where the spider or varicose veins are visible. It causes the veins to break down inside the body and then fade. Sclerotherapy uses a series of small injections into the veins that causes them to break down and eventually fade as well.
Most veins require multiple visits to treat effectively, with the number varying based on the symptoms and the patient. With both laser and sclerotherapy, each treatment will typically take about twenty minutes on average.
Your surgeon will explain the follow up process to you during your consultation, but they often include wearing a compression garment for three to six weeks after the treatment to maintain pressure on the area affected by the spider or varicose veins. Bruising is common, but should start fading within the first week. Sitting or standing for more than an hour or doing activities that require exerting effort should also be avoided for the first few weeks. You will have a follow up with your doctor after the procedure where time frames can be discussed in more detail as well.
The discomfort associated with either a sclerotherapy or laser therapy treatment is mild, but depends mostly on you as a patient. Some patients have low pain tolerances and should make sure to note this during your consultation. Side effects from the treatments may include soreness, redness and swelling at the sight of the injection or laser exposure. These effects will typically resolve themselves within a couple of days.
Though these procedures are minimally invasive and present few major concerns, they can be associated with certain risks, such as:
It's important for you to discuss any unexpected symptoms after your procedure with your doctor so these can be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Treatments cost between $100 and $150 per treatment.
A chemical peel is a skin treatment that uses one or more chemical solutions to improve the skin. During the procedure, the solution is applied to the face, allowed to take effect and then removed by washing and rinsing. Chemical peels help to refresh the skin, giving it a more hydrated appearance with even coloring.
The best way to know if you are a good candidate is through a free consultation with one of our estheticians. They will be able to analyze your skin's condition and give you the most appropriate advice for how to move forward. There are many people who chemical peels won't be right for. If you have sensitive skin, a dark complexion, a tendency toward scarring or are allergic to products used in the procedure, a chemical peel will not be a good solution to your situation.
All procedures are different, but treatments typically take between twenty and forty minutes. However, much of the effects of the chemical peel will take place over the following week, where skin can be expected to become temporarily rough and peel off. This will show the new, vibrant skin underneath.
Everyone's skin is different, so the best preparation will depend on the recommendations you receive in your consultation. Be sure to prepare for your consultation by creating a list of all the questions and concerns you have about getting a chemical peel. Your doctor or esthetician will be able to suggest what products to use before and after your chemical peel.
Though chemical peels present few risks, there are some potential side effects such as scarring, infection, hyperpigmentation and discoloration. Be sure to discuss any medications you are currently using during your consultation, history of skin disorders or infections as these could potentially cause complications.
$150 and up.