21y/o Labiaplasty, Littleton, CO

People seem to think this surgery is only for...

People seem to think this surgery is only for women with low self esteem that see woman in pornography and movies and compare themselves, only to feel like they are abnormal. They believe women undergo this procedure only for men's pleasure and acceptance. I say to them, you try going to yoga and have modify every position because your labia have contorted themselves into a painful pinch! Or having to tell your boyfriend to stop having sex every minute or so to "situate yourself." Many hot moments ruined by "ouch you've got my lip in there babe!" Also when it comes to underwear, us "blessed" with large labia really have it great. If we want to wear anything sexy we have a nice bulge going on, with the constant worry of one of those things worming their way out (they are sneaky)! Health wise - being in the military, it is anything but sanitary! Hot desert + sweat + large labia = UTI paradise!! Bottom line, they cause problems. If you are reading this, then I am sure you came here for the same reason! To be comfortable with your body!
I made the decision that I wanted this surgery at 15, it was just a matter of my age and becoming financially stable.
(Important side note: my boyfriend could care less about my labia. But he supports my decision to go through with this, because he understands why it is uncomfortable for me)
I think that is very important that you let your partner know about this! And be honest with your reasoning!

So I selected my surgeon based on reviews, and our consult. It was an all female practice, which was really comforting (personally I don't want to show what looks like a vigorously chewed piece of bubblegum to another man)! My surgeon was so professional and kind, and made me feel confident going into the surgery about what to expect, and the office staff was equally as sensitive and caring!
Before the surgery me and my boyfriend bought dermoblast, several frozen pea bags, pads, granny panties, Benadryl (for itching/ I have mild itching reactions to pain medicines) and a lot of protein rich foods!

Surgery day: I am so excited! Can't believe I am finally going through with this! The nurse gives me all my pre anesthesia meds, and before I know it - surgery is over! I was completely under (which I would recommend!) it's a great feeling to blink and have everything over with!
Just made it home, literally no pain. And I am just a little sleepy. I will take a pic and rest for the rest of the day!

Day 1 post op: Woke up, I was expecting to see "frankenvagina" and be trembling for pain meds.. But no. My lady parts look fine! Almost normal already! And I have no pain at all! I keep my hips elevated and ice on and off all day.

Day 2: Still not even one hint of pain! The only thing bothering me is some body aches, but that's a common reaction from the anesthesia. Still elevating and icing, it looks the same as yesterday!

Day 3: Mild pain started now, simply from the pokey stitches. The hair down there is a little stubbly too, and when I move a certain way I can feel little pricks! That's really annoying! But at least no pain!

Day 4: starting to itch mildly! But scratching would be a little achy! Now I have read horror stories, but the itching isn't too bad yet! I took a warm Epsom salt bath and took a Vicodin and within 15 mins I was feeling much better! I found that wearing my boyfriends basketball shorts with no panties around the house feels amazing! Because nothing is pushing on those stitches!

I will keep you guys posted throughout my journey of recovery.

After my experience I would say find a surgeon who you trust and is qualified! Ask them which technique they use and why they prefer it! My surgeon used wedge, and I was MUCH more comfortable when she explained that we don't want to touch those sensitive areas! Which was comforting, because I'm sure none of us want those areas affected (; also.. I know it's easier said than done but don't let the cost dictate your surgeon! Undergo this procedure for the right reasons! Do it for you if it will improve your quality of life, not to adhere to a social "norm", not for your husband, or anyone else!

Please, please, feel free to ask any questions!!! I only wish I knew about this site sooner so I had someone to talk to! But hopefully I will be able to help someone else out there that was in my shoes! Xo

Day 8

Feeling a little bit more comfortable! To be honest days 5 and 6 I was in a fairly decent amount of pain!
Aloe and arnica have saved me from a lot of pain and swelling though!
I don't know if my stitches should look like this?! It seems like they are much more pronounced than they were! Hopefully this is just a little more swelling ???? I will keep updating!

Almost at 3 weeks

Feeling much better! Swelling is going down, itching is going away and every day I am seeing major improvements. Really happy with my results so far! Eager to get to six weeks (;

Just about 6 weeks

Stitches are gone, I am healed and I am so much more comfortable! I went back to yoga about a 2 weeks ago, I feel much more comfortable and confident in class. I would have to say, my favorite part post-op was being able to finally wear sexy underwear without a bulge and worrying about staying in place!! I am 101% glad I got this surgery done. I wouldn't change anything. My surgeon did such a beautiful job!
Denver Plastic Surgeon

Very kind and informative! Did not make me feel rushed or pressured into anything! The whole office is female staffed and feels judgement free which is really comforting, considering the nature of the operation. Dr. Hunsicker will take the time to draw out exactly what is going to happen, and explains why she uses the wedge technique. She was really knowledgable and confident about the procedure! Which put me at ease! I would definitely recommend anyone in the Denver go here! I am more than satisfied so far!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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di you get Trim or Wedge?
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I just had this done today and I am in so much pain. It also really burns when I pee. I also feel like I have to keep going pee. I got an IUD inserted at the same time. Any advice for the sensation of having to pee, hurting in general, and the burning when I pee?
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Fortunately I have never experienced the buring during urination. Although it seems like if you got the trim method, this may be more of an issue due to stitch placement. The feeling like you keep needing to urinate sounds like a UTI. You should alert your surgeon immedietly. An untreated infection during recovery could be disasterous. Make sure you are taking your antibiotics every day, and taking a probiotic with them to reduce your risk of a yeast infection. As far as the pain.. I did not experience this till around days 5&6. Ice packs, aloe Vera, and Epsom salt baths all helped with the healing tremendously. Just keep taking your pain meds as directed. Your recovery will be over before you know it. Praying you are feeling better soon! (: keep me posted!
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Fortunately I have never experienced the buring during urination. Although it seems like if you got the trim method, this may be more of an issue due to stitch placement. The feeling like you keep needing to urinate sounds like a UTI. You should alert your surgeon immedietly. An untreated infection during recovery could be disastrous. You said you had an IUD placed during surgery, this could very likely be the source of your pain. Many women complain of cramps, sharp pains, etc. Make sure you are taking your antibiotics every day, and taking a probiotic with them to reduce your risk of a yeast infection. As far as the pain.. I did not experience this till around days 5&6. However everyone heals differently! Ice packs, aloe Vera, and Epsom salt baths all helped with the healing tremendously. Just keep taking your pain meds as directed. Your recovery will be over before you know it. Praying you are feeling better soon! (: keep me posted!
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Nice results so far!!! Happy for you, looks very natural. 
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I am also in the military and am wondering how you went about getting the surgery and recovery time? did you use leave days? when were you able to conduct PT again? I'm stationed in Colorado and would love any information you could give me based on the surgeon you went to.
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I actually recently got out and got this done after my service. I paid out of pocket because I went to a PS. But I was a medic in the military and can tell you this, tricare will cover you to get this procedure if you talk to your PCM about how it causes you discomfort/distress etc. They will send you to a gyno most likely and pay for your procedure and you will be on a medical leave (coded differently) and most likely a waiver for your duty to desk work for a few weeks. If you do this privately, I went to a PS in Littleton. I was stationed in colo springs and it was about 50 minutes away from there (right by Denver) they will need a clearance from your PCM so you would have to see your doc. (Keep in mind this will have to be out of pocket and you will need to use personal leave) which sucks! I would talk to your doc about it and have it covered on their end. A lot easier, and at no expense to you. You can private message me for any more info, I would be happy to help!
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Thanks for keeping the community up to date with your progress, I would say it's just the swelling. Give yourself time to heal. 
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You have to do this surgery for yourself. Others will not understand. On the privacy of your privates check this: ***removed 3rd party link as not permitted on the site***
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Haha! I love that comic
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Jennygirl put the comic up at her review.
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Thanks for sharing . I am so nervous for this procedure. More nervous than I was for tummy tuck or boob job. No am booked in for 12 Aug. Originally it was 3 June but pushed it forward. Wish it was over already . Good luck with your recovery. Happy healing
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Thank you!! If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask! (: and don't be nervous! With a positive mind everything will go great! Just prepare yourself for those stitches!! They are such a nuisance! Lol I wish they would just dissolve already! They are prickly and get caught on everything! ): I'll keep you in my thoughts though!! (: Also I found that my life saver with discomfort has been aloe Vera for sunburns with a numbing agent! Things get a little dry and uncomfortable when they are swollen! So I take a Epsom salt bath pat dry and use a moderate amount of aloe and throw on some loose shorts! Trust me.. You will thank me! It's feels cool and gets numb, and lubricates things a little so when you walk it isn't just the stitches rubbing on your skin! :P
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Thanks for the tip. I'll have my Aloe Vera ready :)
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Is it plain aloe or a cream from the store?
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Is it plain aloe or a cream
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I know I answered you in a message, but for others to see too, it is the solarcaine aftercare for sunburns, scrapes, etc. (:
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us, you really sum up very good reasons for wanting this procedure. I am glad you are healing well. I chucked when I read "frankenvagina" that was awesome!! I am with you on going completely under, that's what I did as I could not have imagined being away. Keep us posted :)
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Thank you! (: 1 week post op today, ugh how did you deal with these stitches!? They are driving me crazy!
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