If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your labia or feel irritation or pain because of their size, labiaplasty could make a huge difference in your personal comfort and self-esteem. Candidates for labiaplasty in New Canaan could receive not only a vulva more pleasing in appearance but also be free from the discomfort large labia can cause.
Excessively long labia can make some women feel self-conscious during intimacy. However, women also frequently seek shortening of the labia minora for non-aesthetic reasons. Overlong labia could make physical activity of any kind uncomfortable and may interfere with sex, potentially causing pain and leading to relationship issues.
Large labia may especially cause discomfort for women who enjoy bicycling or horseback riding and for those who wear tight-fitting clothing. For the most part, any woman who is unhappy with the current state of her labia in any of the aforementioned ways is likely a candidate for a labiaplasty.
In some instances, a woman may not be a candidate for a labiaplasty. Women who have active gynecological infections and diseases cannot have this procedure done, and women who are pregnant should wait until after delivery. Those under age 18 are generally not labiaplasty candidates unless the enlargement is severe and causing significant problems.
A labiaplasty is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on patient preference. The procedure usually takes about one hour from start to finish.
Just as each woman is unique, so is each labiaplasty. Depending on the state of her labia, a woman could have the size or shape of her labia changed in a few different ways through this surgery.
The surgeon may trim excessive tissue from the labia minora, then sew up the incision with sutures that dissolve over time. Another version of this procedure, known as the wedge, removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue, with the incision again closed with absorbable sutures.
While labiaplasty is generally a safe procedure, there are certain inherent risks with any surgery. These include bleeding, infection and bruising. Recipients of this surgery should call their doctor if they experience a fever or significant bleeding after the operation.
Another possible downside to labiaplasty, as with all vaginal rejuvenation surgeries, is the recommended six weeks abstinence from vaginal intercourse until healing is complete. On the plus side, once vaginal intercourse begins again, most women find it far more pleasurable after labiaplasty.
Women who do not work in physically demanding jobs can generally return to work after one week’s recuperation from a labiaplasty, but exercise and strenuous activity must generally wait for three to four weeks post-surgery. During the recovery period, patients must avoid tight clothing and not put anything in the vagina, including tampons or menstrual cups.
If you believe a labiaplasty could be an advantageous procedure for your health and well-being, call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Jacobson could discuss the surgery with you and help you determine whether you are a candidate for labiaplasty in New Canaan.