Women’s labia come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but if the appearance of yours is causing you emotional or even physical discomfort, a labiaplasty could benefit you! The simple procedure can boost your confidence and make daily life more comfortable by reducing the size of the labia minora.
Benefits of Labiaplasty
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the inner labia. Women who choose the labiaplasty procedure can enjoy the following benefits:
- Improved shape and symmetry of the labia
- More comfort wearing tight clothing
- Increased comfort during sexual activity
- Improved confidence
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Candidates for the labiaplasty procedure are women who experience enlarged labia minora (inner lips), usually extending past the labia majora (outer lips). This can cause self-consciousness and even discomfort during sexual activity or when wearing certain clothes. The labiaplasty will address the size and shape of the labia, but will not address vaginal laxity. Dr. Mahbir will ask the following questions when determining if you are a good candidate for the labiaplasty procedure:
- Does the labia minora protrude past the labia majora?
- Do the labia interfere/cause discomfort with specific undergarments/clothes, intercourse, tampon insertion?
- Have the labia minora changed color over time?
- What are your goals with surgery?
How it Works
The labiaplasty is performed at our surgical center, but patients can return home to recover. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to ensure a comfortable process. There are a few different techniques that can be used when if comes to incisions during labiaplasty. One involves taking a triangle-shaped section of the labia and bringing the two ends together. The other involves an incision along the border to trim off excess tissue. This technique can also address irregular border color. Any incision on the body will leave some form of scarring. Labial scarring, however, tends to be minimal as the incisions are small, the tissue is thin with a good blood supply, and labia naturally have a slightly “wrinkled” appearance prior to surgery already.
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Recovery and Results
After the labiaplasty procedure, patients are typically up and walking the same day. Patients should arrange 2-3 days off work to rest and recover after labiaplasty at home. Friction should be eliminated by wearing loose clothing and underwear. Patients can expect some itching and swelling after their procedure. In general, swelling after surgery peaks at 2-3 days then subsides gradually over the following weeks. Itching after labiaplasty is common in the first week while everything is healing. It is important to see your surgeon when itching persists, as it could be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection, or the itching could be an allergic reaction to a medication. After one week, the swelling, initial pain after surgery, and itching should subside dramatically. There should be no strenuous activity for three weeks and no biking, horseback riding, tampon use, or sexual activity for at least six weeks. After swelling has gone down, patients can enjoy their results with improved size, shape, and symmetry of the labia. Many patients see an increase in their self confidence and comfortability as well.
To learn more about the labiaplasty procedure and to find out if you are a good candidate, contact Gawley Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation in the Scottsdale, AZ area.
Dr. Mahabir’s reputation as a cosmetic facial and plastic surgeon in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area has been built on his ability to achieve natural results and a more refreshed look for his patients without being “overdone”. He takes a particular interest in breast surgery and helping breast cancer patients post-mastectomy.
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