Every woman is uniquely beautiful. However, many women struggle with certain aspects of their appearance that they wish to improve for cosmetic reasons or to relieve discomfort. The labiaplasty is a female genital plastic surgery that has been growing in popularity in recent years.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), over 10,000 women had the labiaplasty procedure in 2017. This cosmetic surgery reshapes and resizes the labia minora and majora, or the inner and outer lips of the vagina. It’s often done to alleviate physical discomfort from enlarged labia and emotional stress during intimacy.
The labiaplasty is intricate plastic surgery, and only a board-certified plastic surgeon should perform the procedure. If you’re interested in a labiaplasty, please contact Dr. Young in Kansas City today at (913) 341-2188 to schedule your initial consultation. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery serves patients in surrounding areas of Kansas and Missouri including Leawood and Overland Park.
What is a Labiaplasty?
The surgical removal of excess tissue from the vaginal lips (labia) is called a labiaplasty. The labiaplasty procedure alters the thickness, size, or form to make them smaller or more symmetrical. This form of vaginal rejuvenation helps restore comfort and shape without hindering sexual ability or decreasing sensitivity. In some cases, labiaplasty increases sensitivity by removing excess tissue covering the clitoris.
Benefits of the labiaplasty include:
- Eases mild to moderate pain during intercourse or exercise
- Alleviates any embarrassment from enlarged labia showing through swimsuits and tight clothing
- Corrects asymmetrical labia
- Increases arousal and stimulation of the clitoris by removing excess tissue
- Addresses protrusion that may cause frequent urination
- Improves or eliminates emotional discomfort during intercourse
- Addresses hygienic issues
Candidates for Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty candidates should have realistic expectations for what the plastic surgery can accomplish as well as an understanding of what must be done to ensure proper recovery. There are other requirements such as:
- You’re in good physical health.
- Your body is fully developed, and you’ve healed from childbirth.
- You have enlarged labia.
- You’re a non-smoker or willing to stop smoking before and after surgery.
- You’re not taking any medications that could complicate your procedure such as blood thinners, aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, among others.
The best way to determine if labiaplasty is the right move for your body goals is to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as our Dr. Young in Kansas City.
The Labiaplasty Procedure and Recovery
The labiaplasty procedure typically takes around two hours to complete and involves either local or general anesthesia. Dr. Young will trim the labia to make them smaller and even. The extent of your surgery will rely on the size and thickness of the area. Sutures that dissolve are often used for optimal healing and comfort during recovery.
It’s essential to follow all pre and post-operative instructions to make sure your procedure and the healing process goes as smoothly as possible. Dr. Young recommends clearing your calendar and taking one to two weeks off work. That includes no cleaning or errands. You’ll need to keep your activity level very low as walking will be slightly uncomfortable. Walking as long as you go slowly is okay.
Absolutely do not have sexual intercourse or use tampons for at least six weeks. Don’t take a bath or submerge yourself in water. Only shower for the first week. You’ll want to make sure the incisions stay clean and dry at all times and do not lift anything weighing more than ten pounds.
After two weeks, your pain and swelling should improve, and you can resume light activity. Most patients return to work after two weeks, and the swelling will continue to go down. The minor scars from your procedure will fade over time, and you should see your full results within a few months.
Meet with a Labiaplasty Plastic Surgeon in Kansas City
Schedule your labiaplasty consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon in Kansas City today at (913) 341-2188. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery serves patients in surrounding Kansas and Missouri areas including Overland Park and Leawood.