Labiaplasty: What You Need to Know
Although vaginal rejuvenation is still a topic that few women talk about openly, labiaplasty is growing in popularity. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports labiaplasty procedures increased in 2016, with more than 12,000 cases.
Why Get Labiaplasty Surgery?
Large, thick or uneven labia can be an embarrassing condition to discuss with a doctor or gynecologist. Fortuntately, there is a procedure available to help. Labiaplasty reduces large labia or reshapes uneven labia to improve their appearance and reduce discomfort.
"The thought of having surgery on so intimate an area can cause more than a little anxiety on the part of the woman. It’s a delicate topic and we understand why women feel a little uncomfortable speaking up. But more and more women are deciding they don't have to live with large labia if they cause pain or lower self-confidence," says Dr. Restifo
By Trimming Large Labia, Labiaplasty Can:
- Improve the appearance of the vagina and vulva
- Boost self-confidence
- Reduce discomfort caused by clothes rubbing against the labia
- Eliminate pain caused by large labia during exercise or sexual intercourse
- Improve or restore sexual satisfaction that was hampered by large labia
How & Why Labiaplasty Is Done
Labiaplasty is a relatively minor surgical procedure that trims large or uneven labia minora for cosmetic, hygienic, pain relief and/or functional reasons.
Some women are born with large, thick or irregular labia. Others may develop large labia after giving birth or as they age.
Whatever the cause, you do not have to live with large labia. If you are unhappy with the way your labia look, feel or interfere in your life, this procedure may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Labiaplasty Timing & Healing
Labiaplasty is generally done just after the patient has had her period. Before the procedure, the patient receives anesthesia or IV sedation along with medications. This blocks nerve signals and minimize bleeding. Then the surgeon trims excess labial tissue.
Recent advances in surgical techniques allow surgeons to recreate the edges of the labia with a natural-looking color and shape. Finally, the surgeon closes the wounds with stitches that the body will naturally absorb over time, and then applies an antibiotic cream and sanitary pad.