You expend a lot of time and effort ensuring your face, hair, and figure look as good as possible. Those are the parts of you the world sees. Your intimate partner views what are euphemistically called your “private parts,” and perhaps you are concerned your labia are not particularly attractive.
Labiaplasty is a genital plastic surgery that shortens the labia minora. Labiaplasty is not a strictly cosmetic procedure. Many women with enlarged labia experience pain during intercourse or the labia become irritated while riding a bike or horse.
A combination of tight clothing and enlarged labia can result in the infamous “camel toe,” or the labia may appear outside of the bathing suit. If you deal with any of these issues, labiaplasty is probably right for you, but if you are still considering labiaplasty surgery, schedule a consultation with a skilled surgeon today.
Your labia consist of the labia minora and the labia majora. The latter, meaning “large lips,” protect other parts of the female genitalia, and bear hair. The former, or “small lips,” are inside the larger lips and surround the vagina and urethra.
If the smaller lips of the labia minora hang beneath the larger lips, or both labia are unusually large and chafe, the woman is a good candidate for a labiaplasty.
Labiaplasty does not require general anesthesia, although the woman may opt for that rather than local anesthesia. The surgeon will trim the excess tissue and sew up the incision.
Another version of labiaplasty removes a wedge-shaped bit of tissue but leaves a more natural looking border. This incision is closed via absorbable sutures. The entire process takes approximately one hour.
Although labiaplasty is a relatively safe procedure, there are risks with any surgery. These include:
For most women, recovering from a labiaplasty takes about a week. During that time, she should regularly ice the area and rest with the buttocks elevated for swelling reduction.
There is some residual swelling for up to six weeks. During that time, the woman should refrain from vaginal intercourse or from using tampons. Ask your doctor about when you can resume your favorite types of exercise.
If you would like more information about labiaplasty and other types of cosmetic vaginal surgery, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today to schedule a consultation.