Dr Novikova explaining genital bleaching to patient in her office.

Genital Skin Lightening

Vaginal and anal lightening, sometimes referred to as genital bleaching is a procedure to lighten darkened skin in genital areas – labia majora, internal thighs and the perianal area.


  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Age
  • Childbirth

We use two types of genital skin lightening depending on the patient’s skin tone. Overall, skin lightening, particularly genital bleaching, is a timely process which requires a fair amount of dedication due to the number of sessions (either laser or peel) which are required to achieve the desired effect. As a patient, it may become frustrating when the effect is not evident after the first couple of treatments.

Laser skin lightening is performed in the office. Dr Novikova will clean the skin with a special antiseptic solution before the procedure and use a CO2 laser to bleach the skin.  The procedure takes place using a latest-generation special laser. Depending on the severity of the discolouration, women usually need 3-6 sessions to get the desired result. Each session lasts for 10-15 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis. The procedure is performed using local anaesthesia and is a low-risk procedure.

Darker skin tones are not suitable for laser lightening due to risk of hypo-pigmentation (patchy white areas appearing following the laser treatment) and in such cases, we use cosmeceutical skin lightening. Cosmeceutical products are used to improve and enhance the skin’s appearance, by using biologically active ingredients. This group of products work on a cellular and molecular level in order to be potently effective and safe.  Skin lightening ingredients are applied in addition to a peel with micro-needling. Cosmeceutical skin lightening requires 3-6 sessions (and sometimes more) to achieve the desired result. We advise a combination of our treatments with the home use of genital skin lightening cream which should be applied daily.

Dr Novikova will assess your skin and prescribe an individualized personal treatment and topical, prescription only medication will be specifically mixed according to your needs and applied in the consultation room.

Genital lightening can be safely combined with other cosmetic procedures. Lightening is done in the doctor’s office and does not require general anesthetic.

The procedure takes place using a latest-generation special laser, on three or more sessions, depending on the severity of the discolouration. Each session usually lasts between 10-15 minutes and is done as an outpatient. The procedure is performed using local anaesthesia. Laser Vaginal Lightening is a low-risk procedure and can also be combined with other Cosmetic procedures of the intimate area.

For people with very dark pigmentation, cosmeceutical lightening is more effective. Cosmeceutical products are used to improve and enhance the skin’s appearance by using biologically active ingredients.

Follow up care and medications will be given to take home.

When undergoing genital lightening, sun exposure to the area should be strictly avoided for 6 months. You should use SPF cream in the area when undergoing any sun exposure even in areas covered by clothes. There is no special care following actual office treatments (either laser or peel) except to avoid washing for 24 hours following the treatment.

Results, depending on the skin tone and the severity of darkness, can take anything from one to twelve treatment sessions.


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