What is Labiaplasty and Who Needs This Surgery?
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure which reshapes or reduces long, uneven or large labia minora (See diagram)
Labia reduction surgery is not the same as vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal tightening. This surgery is performed to alleviate discomfort and or embarrassment, it does not reduce or shrink the size of the vaginal canal.
Women with long or thick labia experience irritation during physical activity. Friction during jogging, cycling, yoga and even intercourse may case labia pain and discomfort. Labia surgery will solve these problems.
Other women are simply embarrassed by their large labia and do not feel comfortable wearing tight fitting clothes and swimsuits. By reducing the size of the labia minora the vulvar region will no longer seem noticeable with tight fitting clothes.
Is the Surgery Painful and How Long is Recovery?
Labiaplasty is generally performed under local anesthesia and lasts between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Depending on the complexity of your surgery and suture type and style recovery may take between 4 to 8 weeks. Carefully following your post-op instructions is vital to a speedy recovery. You will receive a detailed recovery instruction sheet and if followed you will not experience any complications. As with any surgery, infection and suture separation are the most common risks, however, if proper care is taken during the first couple of weeks, you will not experience any complications.
During the first week you should not lift anything heavy and limit most activities to light work. You may return to work as long as you are comfortable and your duties do not include lifting and or jogging. After the third week, depending on your level of comfort, you may gradually increase your activities, however, do not resume sexual activity until you have seen me.
You may call me anytime after surgery with any questions or concerns you may have.
Can Labiaplasty be Performed with Other Surgeries?
Yes, many women opt for labiaplasty with vaginal rejuvenation and or other vaginal surgeries such as:
- Labia Majoraplasty
- Pelvic Prolapse Surgery
- Stress Incontinence Surgery
Combination surgeries are often discounted and recommended if coupled with a reconstructive procedure because insurance will cover some of the costs, such as: operating room fees and anesthesia.