Labiaplasty is a form of vaginal rejuvenation that removes excess vaginal tissue that may be functionally or aesthetically displeasing to patients.
Who is a candidate?
Most patients who seek out labiaplasty are bothered by excess tissue in the vaginal region. Typically, there is the elongation of the labia minora. However, some patients also have excess tissue involving the clitoris or labia majora. The excess tissue can cause functional discomfort when performing certain activities, such as riding a bike or horseback riding. It can also make wearing certain clothing, such as swimsuits or yoga pants, difficult to do, as the excess tissue may be more noticeable in tight clothing. The appearance of the external genitalia can also be distressing for some women, prompting them to undergo surgical correction. Labiaplasty can be performed for women of all ages.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgery. It can be performed under general anesthesia, IV (intravenous) sedation, or local anesthesia. The surgery is relatively quick and lasts approximately 30 minutes. During the procedure, the excess tissue is removed and the incisions closed with absorbable sutures.
For the first 48 hours, elevation and ice are the most important. Patients can clean themselves postoperatively with the use of a peri bottle and can shower 48 hours after surgery. All of the sutures are dissolvable. Intercourse and tampon use should be avoided for 6 weeks. Most patients can have the surgery on a Friday and feel comfortable returning to work on Monday.
Swelling and bruising are quite common after labiaplasty. Once the incisions have healed, however, the scars are well concealed and not very noticeable.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty
How should I prepare for labiaplasty surgery?
Before your labiaplasty, you will be asked to cease tobacco (smoking and vaping) and blood-thinning medication use for 10 to 14 days. This includes avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, and blood-thinning herbal supplements.
What techniques are used during labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is performed through the trim method or the wedge method. The trim method makes an incision along the edge of the entire labia minora lip to remove tissue evenly along that incision line. The wedge method removes a “V-shaped” wedge of tissue from the labia lip and sutures the two sides together for a smaller labia minora. The wedge method often results in less scarring and maintains the natural edges of the labia lips.
What are the risks associated with labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a simple and safe procedure, especially when performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Vijay Bindingnavele. While rare, some complications may develop during the recovery process, such as:
- Reactions to the anesthesia
- Prolonged wound healing
- Unfavorable scarring
You can reduce your risk of complications by following all of Dr. Bindingnavele’s recommendations both before and after your surgery.
Should I combine my labiaplasty with any other surgical procedures?
Are my labiaplasty results permanent?
Your labiaplasty results are long lasting; however, this surgery cannot stop the natural aging process. You may experience additional laxity with age or additional pregnancies.
To prolong your results, we suggest waiting for this procedure until after you have finished having your biological children.