What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that trims the labia minora to a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The goal is to make the inner lips (labia minora) to not project past the larger outer lips (labia majora) when the patient is standing.
Why would I want to do labiaplasty?
Labiaplasties help some women feel good about the way they look, particularly in her genital area. There are many reasons why a woman would want to have this procedure performed. The most important reason is because it makes her feel good about herself and the way she looks in this area. Many women suffer from poor self esteem because they have excessive sized lips on her genital area. They feel ugly down there and embarrassed, and this can also affect her sexual activities.
The way a woman feels about herself is one factor that can affect her sexual excitement and libido. A woman who has very good self esteem tends to feel better about sex and her sexual experiences. How a woman feels about herself is a major contributor to good sex. If she feels that she looks great, she tends to feel sexier. This includes the genital area too.
Many women suffer from poor self esteem issues because they have excessive lips on her genital areas. Because they feel ugly down there, they desire a cosmetic procedure that will enhance their natural beauty in this area. Labiaplasty changes the appearance of the genital area in a manner that is beautiful aesthetically and gives a woman improved self esteem just knowing that she looks beautiful down in her genital area.
Who is a candidate for labiaplasty?
Anyone who feels their labia minora are too long, irregular or ugly may be a candidate for this procedure. These include those who have problems with the labia rubbing on their clothes excessively, or even getting caught in the zipper. It is for the woman who wants to look more beautiful in her genital area.
How is the procedure performed?
Labiaplasty may be performed using only a local anesthetic and mild sedation. Many surgeons prefer using general anesthetics or sedation anesthesia during the procedure. The labia are measured and marked according to the personal desires of the patient. Then, using laser or cautery, the excess tissue is trimmed in a very delicate fashion. The remaining labia are smaller, shaped more in tune with her vaginal and vulvar areas, and are thinned to a more beautiful shape.
Where is the procedure done?
Labiaplasty may be performed in a surgicenter, a hospital, or in an office procedure room. Most physicians inject the area with local anesthetic so less anesthesia is required. In so doing, the patient experiences no pain from the procedure and has good post operative analgesia for several hours after the surgery.
Are there any complications from the procedure?
The potential problems that can occur from labiaplasty include infection, bleeding and swelling. All patients have post op pain, but there are plenty of pain medications and anesthetic ointments that can be prescribed to make this very tolerable.
Some rare problems that can occur include bleeding, hematoma formation, serious infections, bowel and/or bladder injuries, and excess scar formation. Sometimes, this latter problem can cause pain with intercourse, but this is rare. Most patients are very pleased with the results and love it. However, sometimes the expectations of the patients are not realistic, and these cannot be ascertained preoperatively with everyone.
What is the downtime from the procedure?
After labiaplasty, most patients can resume sedentary activities within a few days. They can do more physical activities in a gradually increasing fashion over the subsequent weeks. Intercourse should not be attempted at least for six weeks after the procedure.
If you are interested in knowing more about labiaplasty or would like to have the procedure done, please call our office and set up an appointment at 817-399-TRUE (8783).