Labiaplasty, also known as labia reduction, is an aesthetic surgery for the genitalia which involves reduction of the labia. If you are considering labiaplasty surgery, the following information can provide a basic understanding of the procedure and its applications. It will not provide a complete knowledge base because many of the most important factors in surgery depend on the individual patient and the surgeon. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything you don’t understand.
The best candidates for Labiaplasty Surgery
The average length of the labia minor (inner labia) of females between the ages of 18-50 is 61 mm, however many women suffer from an unnaturally enlarged labia. The labia hanging or appearing to be too long can cause stress and discomfort while wearing specific clothing or during physical activity such as sports or sex. It is in these situations that a labiaplasty can be of the most help to recover lost contour and natural look.
Planning your Labiaplasty Surgery
In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your health and body to determine the procedure that will best suit your individual body. Be frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon; he or she should be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations. Your surgeon should also explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
During this consultation, be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Where your Labiaplasty Surgery will be performed
Your labiaplasty will be performed at the New Body MD Surgical Center on an outpatient basis.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
The most common technique utilized in labiaplasty surgery is the modified or extended wedge technique. This technique takes a wedge from the inner labia skin and takes a downward facing wedge on the outer labia. This means the outer scar does not go horizontally across the labia. Instead it lays in the crease between the outer and inner labia, in a vertical orientation. Once this scar heals it is difficult to find it. On the inner surface the scar is horizontal towards the vaginal opening, and also heals to a nearly imperceptible scar.
After your Labiaplasty Surgery
Post-surgery, the scars will be very fine and hidden within natural skin creases. It is very difficult to spot them even up close. Sensation is improved since there are no flaps of extra skin in the way. Most patients report a mild and uneventful recovery. Walking for daily activities may be started on the day of surgery. You may shower 24 hours after surgery, taking care to avoid rubbing or pulling on or around incision lines. Until the incisions are fully healed, the patient should refrain from taking baths, soaking in tubs, and using hot tubs or swimming pools. Typically swelling and soreness is the greatest for the first 3 days. Early swelling subsides afterwards over the next 2-3 weeks. Patients are advised to avoid sexual intercourse and strenuous activity or activity that causes friction, pulling or stretching at the labia for the first 8 weeks following surgery. This is the best way to prevent complications such as opening of the incision or little holes along the incision line.*
For patients with a history of genital herpes, having surgery in this area can trigger an outbreak. Therefore prophylactic antiviral is prescribed for prevention. Arnica and Bromelain (Arnica Forte) is recommended before and after surgery, and with this patients have been noted to have minimal swelling or bruising. You may return to work the week after surgery, depending on your pain level, stamina, and activities required in your occupation.*
You may drive once you are no longer taking pain medications or muscle relaxers, and allow a 24-hour minimum window between your last pain medication or muscle relaxant dose and driving.
How to get started?
New Body MD’s staff and surgeons will be happy to discuss Labiaplasty with you. Please call our office to schedule a private complimentary consultation.