Labiaplasty Surgery: Candidacy, Recovery, & More
What is labiaplasty surgery? Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the labia majora and minora which are soft tissue "wings" on either side of the vaginal opening. This procedure enables Dr. Z to alter the size and shape of the vaginal lips by either reducing the size and/or correcting the alignment of them.
A labiaplasty can be performed on younger or older women and is mainly used to correct ‘misshaped’ vaginal flaps or to reduce excess skin. Loose or hanging vaginal “wings” are often the cause of feelings of self consciousness for many women for a variety of reasons. Often times, wearing tight clothes can cause discomfort as the labia minor and majora can rub together resulting in irritated skin. Unfortunately, women can even feel discomforted during sexual relations. So, let's chat more about the common question, "What is a labiaplasty?"
Why Do Women Choose This Labiaplasty?
Many women with strong feelings of self consciousness often choose a Labiaplasty because it improves the patient’s overall ability to wear bathing suits, leggings, tighter clothing and relieve any feelings of discomfort due to the “wings” rubbing together.
The outer lips of the outer vagina often become enlarged or appear to “hang” following child birth or simply due to aging. Fortunately, this procedure enables women to achieve a sleeker contour to their vaginal appearance.
So, how exactly is this procedure performed? Dr. Z will reshape a patient’s vaginal “wings” by removing excess tissue and sealing the area with stitches, also known as sutures. Most sutures are absorbed through the skin causing no discomfort. This procedure is performed under a local anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure that allows patients to go home the same day. Often patients are provided a numbing cream and/or receive an injection for any potential pain.
Are There Different Labiaplasty Techniques?
The edge technique removes the dark irregular edges of the outer and inner lips of the vagina as most women want the inner lips smaller than the outer lips. The edge technique creates a more natural look to both the outer and inner vaginal “wings”. Scars from this technique take into account the clitoral hood and typically heal better than the wedge technique.
The wedge technique removes about a wedge shaped portion of tissue from the middle third of the labia and stitches the two sections back together. It is used for women with too much tissue or oddly shaped outer or inner lips. The stitches are inside and less likely to break which enables an easy healing process.
This technique is more dramatic as it removes a wedge of tissue from the outer lips that is shaped like a V. This reduces the size of the lips and certainly requires increased surgical skill to perform. Excessive tissue is removed preserving the natural look of the outer lips.
After surgery you will be monitored for an hour or so by our plastic surgery team and, once you are given clearance, you’ll be able to go home. Our team will give you a list of recovery protocol that is imperative to follow in order to achieve a healthy, safe recovery. Following your procedure, you may experience some swelling and pain which will subside shortly. Typically, you will be able to go to work three to four days after the operation.
Your surgeon may tell you to take a sitz baths and soap the area starting two days after surgery. Recovery from Vaginal Rejuvenation surgery is minimum--usually patients are able to resume normal activity the third day after surgery. Antibiotics and pain killers are often prescribed after the procedure in order to alleviate any potential discomfort. It is strongly advised to avoid any use of tampons, sex, or tight clothing for at least four to six weeks following your procedure.
Financial Options For A Labiaplasty
Most often health insurance does not cover Labiaplasty surgery simply because it is an elective cosmetic procedure. Fortunately, at HZ Plastic Surgery, we offer financing for any procedure that you wish to undergo. We have partnered with United Medical Credit to provide patients a fast, easy, and affordable loan option. Check out our financing options here!