Cosmetic rejuvenation of the female genital area has gained great popularity over the past few years. However, even though women are curious about this procedure many are quite embarrassed to speak to their friends or doctor about it. The most common procedure performed is labiaplasty. This procedure involves the removal and reshaping of the excess labia minora ( or the lips at the opening of the vaginal canal ). Excess skin at the opening of the vaginal canal can be both a visual and physical discomfort to women.
Some women or their partners may find excess skin unsightly, leading to psychological tension during sexual activity. It is not uncommon for women to complain that excess skin makes sexual intercourse painful. There can also be physical discomfort associated with large labial skin. Women often complain that they experience pain with sexual intercourse. They may also complain that they experience irritation of the skin associated with urination ( urine can be trapped in the folds of the skin that will cause over time). With excessively large skin women may find exercise painful as there may be friction caused by their clothing, some women may also avoid tight-fitting clothes such as a bikini.
The first step to correcting this is to have a consultation with an experienced surgeon. Labiaplasty is performed as day surgery which means you do not need to stay overnight at the surgical facility. The procedure generally takes approximately an hour to perform and can be done under local anesthetic or with sedation. For the first 24 hours after surgery regular activity should be decreased to avoid any bleeding.
The success of the surgery relies on leaving a natural contour of the labia after the procedure with the scars hidden as much as possible. The excess skin is removed in a pie shape pattern from the inside of the labial skin ( the wet skin part ) to the outside. Sometimes this is performed with a laser. Bleeding is controlled with a cautery machine and the skin is then sutured in multiple layers with absorbable sutures. The final layer of sutures will be visible and usually dissolve within about one week. The first week after surgery is the most critical and care should be taken not to irritate the stitches or do any activity that may cause bleeding. Normal showers can resume the day after the surgery.
It will be for or more days before you can return to work or do simple physical activities. During the first day of recovery, the patient should have someone taking care of her. Patients must also go to their scheduled appointments with their plastic surgeons. Regular activities can be started a few days after the procedure but excessive exercise such as a spin class at the gym or sexual intercourse should be avoided for 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
During the recovery period, the GraceMed surgeon will check up on how the surgery is healing. They will determine if the patient needs further revisions. The patient must also not wear any restrictive clothing or thong underwear. Swelling can last from 1 to 4 months.
Labiaplasty Treatment Overview
Objective: Labiaplasty, also known as labia minora reduction or shaping, is a cosmetic genital rejuvenation procedure that reduces excess skin and soft tissue of the labia minora and/or majora.
Anaesthesia: Local anesthesia but can be performed under general
Procedure duration: 45 min to an hour
Pain level: 4/10
Recovery time: 3 -5 days off work | 4-6 weeks before resuming sexual activities
Resumption of physical activities: 4 to 6 weeks
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Commonly Asked Questions
Should I wait to have a Labiaplasty after having my children?
No, you don’t have to wait until you have finished having children. As long as you are completely healed, having children should have no apparent effect on your labia.
When can I return to work after a Labiaplasty?
In most cases returning to work depends on the type of work you do. Most patients can return in 4 days to one week. If your job requires a high degree of walking or physical exercise, returning to work may take a little longer.
How long does a Labiaplasty procedure take?
A Labiaplasty procedure takes between 1-2 hours and is done under general sedation.
Am I a good candidate for Labiaplasty?
If you are healthy with an excessive amount of tissue (4-5cm) on the labia, you are a good candidate. With all surgery, a consultation will determine if you are a candidate.
Will I have scars?
Due to the location of the incisions, scars will barely be noticeable.
What are the benefits of Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty improves personal comfort and visual appearance. The surgery can reduce or eliminate chafing, rashes, and irritation of the skin that is linked to long or oversized labia. Labiaplasty can also make sex, and exercise more comfortable. Many patients experience a boost in confidence and find that their activity level and libido increase.