Women are taking control of their bodies in every way. This includes the region south of your pubic bone. Many women suffer from excess labial tissue. Not only can it be painful, but many find it unsightly and embarrassing, particularly with the popularity of the clean shaven look. When you’re bare, you are aware. A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the length of the labia minora. The surgery is similar to an episiotomy after childbirth. The result is labia that are in proportion, and which no longer interfere with activities such as running, biking or wearing your favorite yoga pants.

Childbirth, genetics and age can not only have an adverse affect on the skin and tissues of the vagina externally, but also internally. The ThermiVa is a new, cutting edge technology that uses radio frequency to gently heat the tissues of your vagina in order to boost blood supply and collagen production. As someone who is a big believer in embracing new innovation, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Van Natta is thrilled to offer this option to the women of Indianapolis. His patients have found the results of ThermiVa to be astounding.

Are You a Candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

There are any number of reasons why a woman might seek a labiaplasty such as:

  • labia minora or outer lips that hang too low, chafing against your clothing
  • permanent “camel toe” in skinny jeans or pants
  • feeling ashamed and sexually unattractive when naked

Or vaginal rejuvenation with ThermiVa:

  • peeing when you laugh, sneeze or exercise (urinary stress incontinence)
  • reduced sexual pleasure and/or inability to orgasm
  • loose, droopy skin

During your labiaplasty consultation, Dr. Van Natta will listen carefully to what bothers you about your vagina. Caring, sensitive and direct, he will talk through your issues, and discuss the options available to help you feel better. He will then perform a thorough physical exam to determine the underlying cause of your specific issues. And then, together, you will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your individual anatomy, needs and personality.


Some women are simply born with labia minora or inner labia that extend beyond the outer edge of the vagina. For others, this condition occurs after childbirth. Babies are amazing, but they can often wreak havoc on your lady parts. A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size and/or alter the shape of your labia. It sounds scarier than it is. The labial tissue is nothing more than skin. It is analogous to the scrotum in males. So, a labiaplasty typically involves excising an ellipse of the redundant skin and suturing it closed with absorbable sutures. It’s similar to the episiotomy you might have gotten after childbirth. Dr. Van Natta often finds that in addition to having excess inner labial tissue, many women have deflated outer labia. These under-filled labia majora may contribute to the exposure of the inner labia minora, making them more obvious. This issue is typically corrected with fat grafting.

Dr. Van Natta will often combine a labiaplasty with another body contouring procedure such as liposuction or an abdominoplasty. The advantage of this is that you will only have one recovery period. However, a labiaplasty can easily be performed as a stand-alone procedure. All of this will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation.

Labiaplasty Recovery

Although you might be surprised to hear this, the recovery after a labiaplasty is actually quite minimal. The surgery takes about an hour and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia so you will go home the same day. There will be some bruising, swelling and mild discomfort for the first 2 weeks, but patients find it to be not a big deal. Any postoperative pain can easily be managed with an over the counter pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol.


Not every patient requires surgery to address the issues down south. ThermiVa is a non-surgical procedure to improve blood flow and collagen production in the tissues of the vagina, both externally and internally. This can help to improve:

  • urinary tract incontinence
  • vaginal dryness
  • decreased sensitivity to sexual pleasure
  • loose, droopy skin & tissue

ThermiVa uses radio frequency to gently heat up the targeted area. The result is tighter, more vibrant, and younger feeling tissue. The great thing about ThermiVa is that there is literally no downtime. It’s a quick 30 minute procedure in the office and then you can immediately return to your normal activities. Most patients benefit from at least two treatments, possibly three, in order to obtain optimum results.

So really, there is no reason for you to suffer in silence. If your vagina is painful or you’re self conscious in any way about how your labia looks or feels, there are treatment options that can radically change your life. Aren’t you worth it?

To find out more about a labiaplasty or ThermiVa with Dr. Bruce Van Natta at Meridian Plastic Surgeons in Indianapolis, contact us today or call (317) 575-0330 to schedule a consultation.