Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can help women improve both cosmetic and health concerns related to their vaginal area. If you are considering a labiaplasty procedure, there are probably several questions you have about the procedure. In this article, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about labiaplasty to help you determine if this procedure is right for you.
What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess tissue in the labia minora (the inner vaginal lips) is removed. Women suffering from hanging labia minora may experience pain and discomfort such as itching and irritation during exercise, intercourse, and other physical activity. They may also experience discomfort and feel self-conscious when wearing tight clothing. Labiaplasty trims the excess tissue that hangs lower than the labia majora to relieve the symptoms that twisting and tugging of the excess tissue causes.
Who is a good candidate for a labiaplasty?
Not every woman is a good candidate for labiaplasty surgery. The first thing you need to consider when determining whether you are a good candidate is whether you have enough excess tissue in the labia minora that needs to be removed. Assuming this is the case, other factors that make a woman a great candidate for labiaplasty include:
● You are choosing the procedure on your own, not to please someone else
● You are in overall good physical health and are a non-smoker
● You do not have a urinary tract infection (UTI) or sexually transmitted disease (STD)
● You are not pregnant and have not had a child during the past year
● You have realistic expectations that can be achieved with the procedure
What can I expect during a labiaplasty surgery and recovery?
Your surgeon will use either a local anesthesia with oral sedation or put you under general anesthesia prior to your surgery. The excess tissue in your labia minora will then be trimmed and the suture is usually sewn closed using absorbable sutures.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means you should be able to go home the same day as your surgery. You should follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Most patients will need to take a week off of work and will spend the majority of this time resting. You can lie with your bottom elevated and use an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain. You should be able to resume wearing tampons and having intercourse after four to six weeks, as advised by Dr. Rieger. By the end of six weeks post-surgery, the majority of your swelling should be reduced but residual swelling may take up to six months to fully disappear.
Dr. Rieger Can Help You Determine Whether Labiaplasty Is Right For You!
If you are considering labiaplasty or are not sure whether the procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Rieger at Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center for an initial consultation. Dr. Rieger can review your concerns with you and help you decide whether this vaginal rejuvenation procedure can help you accomplish your goals.