FAQ

If you have any questions regarding Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™, please feel free to contact us by telephone or email or arrange for a free consultation.

  • In women, is there a connection between having sex and self esteem?

    Self esteem is connected to a complex number of variables in all people. In Dr. Allan's experience, self-esteem and sex are strongly linked. If a woman does not feel good about herself, then her sexual experiences are likely to be affected. This "feeling good" is not just tied to a loose vagina or how a vagina looks. However, some women who seek Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ feel this is a barrier to feeling good and this relates directly to self-esteem.

  • In women, are there psychological reasons for generalized sexual dysfunction?

    A psychologist with experience in sexual disorders is best able to answer this question. In Dr. Allan's experience, sexual dysfunction is related to a number of areas. If a woman is not pleased with how her vagina looks, it can impact her sex life, and Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ can help.

  • I have a swollen and sore labia minora after sex. What is the cause and what can be done?

    Women with very large labia minora often experience swelling after sex or any activity that causes friction in the area, such as wearing tight fitting pants or riding a bike. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ can address these concerns.

  • I am looking to improve my sex life. Can Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ help?

    Yes, Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ may help improve your sex life, but it is not a direct "cure”. It is an increase in self-confidence that can improve her sex life. 

Dr. Allan is a strong believer in women being in control of their health and wellness. A careful and thorough consultation is first done to ensure that that the LVR™ procedure is right for a woman and that she fully understands the procedure. 

Discussion with a family physician and other health care providers is encouraged before making a decision.

  • What is considered a loose vagina? Is there such thing as an overgrown labia minora?

    There is no "textbook definition" or "medical description" of a loose vagina.

There is no such thing as an overgrown labia minora. If you feel you have a very large labia minora, this is purely a personal feeling.

  • Can I see before and after photos?

    Yes, we can provide you with actual before and after surgery photos when you come for a free consultation.

  • Is there a cure for a loose vagina such as vaginal tightening creams or Kegal exercises?

    There are a number of methods and techniques a woman may use to help with vaginal laxity. Women come to us because they want knowledge, choice, and alternatives. A careful and thorough consultation is first done to ensure that a woman fully understands the procedure of LVR™ and that the procedure is right for her. Dr. Allan and Dr. Matlock, the surgeon Dr. Allan trained under, have learned a tremendous amount from listening to women they have treated from over 35 states and 20 countries. As professionals, we listen carefully and provide education and options.

  • What are some vaginal tightening methods?

    Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ is the cosmetic surgical modification of the vagina using laser and plastic surgery techniques. It could be the vaginal tightening methods you are looking for.

    Dr. Allan now offers the Viveve procedure which is a revolutionary new, non-surgical technique for vaginal tightening. There is no pain and no recovery time. When you meet with Dr. Allan he will discuss whether you are a candidate for the non-surgical Viveve procedure or the surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation procedure. Together you will decide which is the best procedure for you.

  • What training does Dr Bruce Allan have to perform Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™?

    Dr. Bruce Allan, PhD, MD, FRCS(C), is one of Calgary and Canada's best-known and most trusted obstetrician-gynecologists. To satisfy the requests of numerous patients, Dr. Bruce Allan trained with leading world specialist Dr. David Matlock of California to bring Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ to Canada and Calgary. Having performed thousands of surgeries since becoming a doctor, Dr. Allan has performed hundreds of LVR™ surgeries since he started offering the treatment in 2001.

  • Why did Dr. Allan develop a Centre for Women?

    Dr. Bruce Allan's practice started as a traditional medical practice in obstetrics and gynecology. Over the years, through his own research and interaction with patients, he found he was dealing with many concerns relating to health, aesthetics and the concept of "wellness" and was referring an increasing number of patients to various practitioners. His patients were treated well, but he felt he could improve the overall quality of their care by offering those services all in one place. That's how the Allan Centre was born. 

In conceiving the idea for the Centre, Dr. Allan made one important promise to his patients: to maintain a very high standard in the level of service he offers in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology - and ensure that any new services offered will match that very high standard. Dr. Allan takes pride in the trust he has earned from his patients in dealing with their obstetrical and gynecologic concerns and he wants to continue that tradition of trust in all aspects at the Allan Centre.

  • Is the Centre just for women?

    The Allan Centre is exclusively for women. Although men and children are allowed to accompany women on their visits, our services are for women only. This ensures a comfortable environment where women know that their needs are the focus.

  • Are all services covered by Health Care?

    Medically necessary services such as traditional obstetrical and gynecologic concerns are covered by Alberta Health Care. Pelvic Physiotherapy is not covered, although some private medical plans will cover a portion of physiotherapy costs. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ is purely a cosmetic surgery using laser and traditional surgery techniques and is not covered by Health Care.

  • Do I need a referral from a physician for an appointment?

    No referral is necessary for Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™. Obstetric and gynecologic issues require a referral from a Family Physician.

  • What is Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™?

    This is a trademarked name that refers to a technique developed by Dr. David Matlock in Los Angeles, California. The technique combines laser and plastic surgery techniques, rather than conventional gynecologic surgery, to change the appearance of the vagina, vulva and genital structures. Only surgeons trained at Dr. Matlock's Beverly Hills surgical center offer Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ and its cosmetically appealing and proven results. Surgeons offering this service continue to work together to offer the latest and most beneficial cosmetic vaginal surgery techniques to their patients.

  • Which women request Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™?

    A woman may wish to change the appearance of her vagina, decrease discomfort or increase vaginal tightness. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ tightens the vagina and narrows the vaginal opening. The procedure can also reduce the size of the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) in women who find their large labia cause discomfort during intercourse, bike riding or while wearing tight clothing.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The surgical time depends on the extent of the surgery. Generally the procedure takes about one hour.

  • When can I return to work?

    In general, returning to work is dependent on the type of work you do and the extent of surgery performed. In most cases patients can return to work within five to seven days.

  • When can I resume sex?

    We ask that you abstain from sexual intercourse for six weeks.

  • I live in another part of Canada. Can I come to Calgary to have the procedure?

    Our office staff will be happy to help you with travel arrangements to Calgary. All travel and accommodation costs, and any other costs involved with your stay in Calgary, are not included in the cost of the surgery.

  • How much discomfort will I have following Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™?

    You will be pain free for about 4 to 6 hours after surgery. You will have mild to moderate discomfort for the next 2 to 5 days that can be controlled with oral analgesics and ice packs. Dr. Allan suggests taking 5 to 7 days off work and reducing strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • How much does Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ cost?

    The cost of Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ procedure depends on the type of the procedure and the extent of the surgery. A fee range can be provided once we know your particular request.

  • What are the surgical risks involved in Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™?

    Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation™ is a safe procedure with low risk. Like any surgery, the main risks are hemorrhage (excessive bleeding) and infection. The probability of either is less than 1% of all cases. If work is required on the upper and lower vagina then there is very rare risk of injury to either the bladder or rectum. Scarring is a possibility with any surgery. Overcorrection or overtightening of the vagina, which could result in difficult or painful intercourse, is also a rare possibility.

 As with any surgery, and although very rare, there are anaesthetic risks dependent on the type of anaesthesia used.

  • Are there ethical issues concerning Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery?

    Yes, women who request cosmetic vaginal procedures should make sure their surgeon performs a complete medical, sexual, and gynecologic history to make sure they fully understand the procedures, the risks, alternatives, and expected outcomes of any proposed surgery. Women should be aware that variations in the appearance of the vulva and vagina are normal and they should ensure their surgeon is properly trained and experienced in female genital cosmetic surgery. Dr. Allan is fully trained in female genital cosmetic surgery and has performed hundreds of these procedures.