I got the trim method from Dr. Lane Smith in Las Vegas, and I got the surgery about an hour prior to writing this (yes, I'm fine so far!). I had researched a tad - gone to my OBGYN (who wanted to cut off my inner labia completely because they were "useless" - um NO THANKS), and then found Dr. Smith. He immediately made me feel comfortable (he had a female nurse in the room during the consultation) and showed me before & after images of REAL looking labia. Ladies, I don't need to look like a barbie, I just wanted to look neat and tidy, and he agreed. I scheduled my surgery that day. Local anesthesia (I didn't want to tell a soul), and planned to drive myself home.
Today was the day. I was more nervous than I thought I would be. I almost backed out, but ended up going through with it. I sat in the waiting room for 3 hours and was finally called back. Dr. Smith saw how nervous I was, kissed my forehead, and told me everything would be fine. The operating table was uncomfortable. Having my legs spread while 2 surgeons (men) were examining my vagina wasn't the most comfortable I've ever felt. Then came the numbing shots. I won't sugar-coat it, they definitely hurt.. each and every one of them. However, the pain was bearable and the nurse stood by my side holding my hand the entire time.
The procedure itself took about 45 minutes. My legs were shaking the entire time, and I probably asked too many questions to the surgeon while he was performing my surgery. He used the trim technique (he used a laser and cauterized my inner labia). He then stitched me up with absorbable sutures (they should be gone in a couple of weeks). I put a diaper-looking pad in my panties, although the nurse said I would really only need a panty liner for the next few days, and was on my way home.
I've been home for about 45 minutes, icing constantly, and feel zero pain due to the numbing shots, however I have been warned that I'll feel very sore tomorrow. I hate taking pain medications but I'll probably take a hydrocodone before bed just in case.
I will keep everyone updated on my recovery. This procedure was definitely not as scary (so far) as I anticipated it to be.