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 Leawood.
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 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.
How Should I Prepare for My Labiaplasty Procedure?
In preparation for labiaplasty, you will need to stop taking over-the-counter and prescription medications that thin the blood. Some herbs and supplements may also need to be stopped in advance of your procedure and, if you are a smoker, you will need to give up all products containing nicotine.
Because labiaplasty requires a short recovery period where activities are limited, it is a good idea to create a comfortable space at home where you can relax for the first few days following your procedure. It can also be helpful to arrange for assistance from a trusted adult who can help ensure you can rest during the first few days of recovery.
Can a Labiaplasty Be Combined With Other Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments?
Labiaplasty can be combined with vaginoplasty for complete vaginal rejuvenation. Labiaplasty focuses on the labia (vaginal lips) on the outside of the vagina. Vaginoplasty improves the vaginal opening as well as the general structure and shape of the vagina. Both procedures may be performed during a mommy makeover procedure as well to help restore full comfort to the vaginal area.
Will I Lose Feeling if I Have a Labiaplasty?
The removal of labial tissue is unlikely to affect vaginal sensitivity. More commonly, the procedure will reduce discomfort by eliminating the rubbing of labial tissue against clothing.
What Are the Risks of Having a Labiaplasty?
General surgical risks include infection, bleeding, pain, nerve damage, and inadvertent injury. Labiaplasty may result in scarring, particularly in cases where blood thinners or nicotine are resumed too quickly.
You reduce your surgical risks by carefully following all of the pre and postoperative directions provided by our office. Risks can be further reduced by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Young, who utilizes advanced techniques and performs all procedures in an accredited surgical facility.
Is the Labiaplasty Procedure Painful?
As with any surgical procedure, some discomfort is to be expected with labiaplasty. You will be provided with medications and specific instructions to help reduce any pain. Any significant pain, particularly if accompanied by discharge, should be brought to the immediate attention of Dr. Young.
It takes around one to two weeks for most women to feel comfortable enough to resume normal activities, although sexual intercourse and tampons should be avoided for six to eight. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Young will be able to help you determine when it is safe to resume all of your normal activities.
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 Leawood and Leawood.
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