If the size of your labia makes you self-conscious in intimate situations, or your labia are so large they interfere with sexual and non-sexual activities, it may be worth considering options for surgical correction. In many instances, a woman may undergo a labiaplasty to reduce the size of her labia.
Consulting with a caring physician could further help determine if you are eligible to have such a procedure. Candidates for labiaplasty in Darien generally include women who are unhappy with the appearance of their most intimate areas.
The labia, consisting of the labia minora and labia majora, are also known as the vulvar lips. The labia majora have skin similar to the rest of the body when the labia minora have a mucous membrane lining. If the smaller labia minora hang beneath the larger labia majora, labiaplasty can help make the labia more symmetrical.
While many women choose labiaplasty for aesthetic purposes, that is not the only reason a woman may undergo this procedure. Female athletes with oversized labia, especially cyclists and equestrians, may find they make participating in their sport painful.
Other women may find their labia interfering with their sexual pleasure and ability to achieve orgasm, irritating when wearing certain clothing, or simply larger than they prefer after significant weight loss. Women dealing with any of these issues may be candidates for a labiaplasty procedure.
Labiaplasty is a fairly straightforward operation. It is performed either under general or local anesthesia, according to the patient’s preference. The surgeon removes the excess labial tissue, then closes the incision via sewing with absorbable sutures. Recipients can expect the procedure to take approximately one hour.
After a labiaplasty, women generally must refrain from vaginal intercourse for at least six weeks. During the recovery period, nothing should enter the vagina, including tampons, and recovering patients should avoid wearing tight clothing. Most women can return to work about a week about the procedure.
Following the operation, patients should expect swelling in the recovering surgical area. The doctor can explain how to care for the area post-surgery and the use of topical antibiotics and cold compresses during the healing process. After an examination, the doctor can also let each individual patient know when she can resume vaginal intercourse, as well as certain athletic activities.
Some women in Darien are not candidates for labiaplasty, at least not at the present time. For example, women who have any type of gynecological infection or disease must postpone the surgery until they have recovered.
Women who smoke may have a harder time healing from labiaplasty. For that reason—as well as various other health considerations—it is generally wise to quit smoking before undergoing labiaplasty. Finally, pregnant women should wait until after delivery to undergo labiaplasty.
If you would like an expert opinion on whether you may be a candidate for labiaplasty in Darien, call our office today or contact us online to arrange a consultation. Dr. Edward Jacobson could discuss the procedure in depth with you and answer any questions you may have. Once you have recovered from a labiaplasty, you could experience a boost in your sexual confidence and general improvement in your sexual satisfaction.