Labiaplasty may not be a surgery people hear a lot about—or perhaps you were too embarrassed to ask. The procedure is becoming more common.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports surgeons performed more than 12,000 such procedures in 2016, a 39-percent increase over the previous year.
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure sought for cosmetic and functional reasons. It involves trimming excess labia minora tissue that can be troublesome for women.
Women opt for surgery for a variety of reasons, including pain from twisting and tugging of the labia, itching, irritation and self-consciousness.
While having long or multiple folds of labia minora is normal and natural, some women feel self-conscious. Women may feel physical discomfort when wearing yoga pants, during sexual intercourse or sitting on a bicycle seat.
Removal of excess labia tissue allows the inner lips of the vagina (known as the “labia minora”) to sit tucked up neatly within the outer lips (the “labia majora”).
Since labiaplasty can decrease the size of the labia, patients experience a complete elimination or significant reduction of discomfort caused by the labia after they have healed.
Labiaplasty is a relatively simple procedure. It takes about one hour to complete and doctors use local anesthesia.
Surgeons will make incisions on the labia minora, the two small folds situated between the labia majora. Next, the doctor removes excess skin folds, and then uses dissolvable sutures to close the incision.
The recovery after labiaplasty takes one to two weeks. Patients can manage any pain or discomfort with medication.
Patients should expect some slight bruising and swelling around the labia and surrounding tissue. Most patients return to work a few days after surgery. Patients should postpone strenuous activities for four to six weeks.
Patients should use sanitary napkins/mini-pads instead of tampons for the first menstrual cycle after surgery. Bruising and swelling resolves over days to weeks.
The surgery does not need to be redone with age, time, gravity, child-bearing, vaginal or C-section deliveries, or menopause. The surgery will not change a woman’s ability to become sexually aroused or achieve orgasm.
Labiaplasty results are natural, and women benefit from increased comfort in addition to an improved aesthetic appearance after surgery.
More than 90 percent of patients feel highly satisfied with the results of the procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Are you interested in labiaplasty or any other cosmetic surgery procedure? Contact Swan Centers at 1-800-528-9650. We have offices in Fort Myers, Naples and Sarasota.