Labiaplasty ( also referred as labia reduction surgery) is a highly specialized procedure. The goal of labiaplasty is to reduce the size of the labia minora and enhance its appearance.
The main purpose of the labiaplasty procedure is to reduce the size and reshape the external labia. Labiaplasty is not the same as vaginoplasty or vaginal rejuvenation. Labiaplasty may be performed also in order to correct labial unevenness or a large labia that may produce physical discomfort or embarrassment to a patient.
Labiaplasty can be performed on the labia minora or the labia majora of the vagina. The objective of a labiaplasty is to surgically reshape and trim down the labia minora (inner lips) or the labia majora ( outer lips) of the vagina or both.
There are many reasons why the labia can change its original shape. These reasons include:
- Sexual intercourse
- Aging process
With labiaplasty or labia reduction surgery a patient can now correct these conditions and enjoy a better happier more confident life.
After an initial labiaplasty consultation and examination of your medical history, your labiaplasty surgeon will schedule the labiaplasty surgery. Labiaplasty surgery requires only local anesthesia and is done on an outpatient basis. A labiaplasty surgery usually takes less than 2 hours. During the labiaplasty surgery, the large or uneven vaginal lips are cut, shortened and shaped using specialized scissors, a scalpel or a laser. In some cases liposuction can be used to reduce the size of the labia majora. Another procedure that can be done in conjunction with the labiaplasty is the hoodectomy. This procedure exposes the clitoris with the goal of increasing sexual pleasure. The labiaplasty sutures are then closed with dissolvable stitches.
Everyday more and more women opt to have the labiaplasty procedure done. The reasons to have a labiaplasty performed include:
- Genital pain
- Cosmetic reasons
- To enhance sexual satisfaction
The demand for labiaplasty surgery is on the rise also as the procedure is featured on the media and more women know about it especially in Atlanta and there are some good Labiaplasty and Vaginal rejuvenation Atlanta surgeons out there thankfully.
Labiaplasty Follow Up Consultation
It is necessary to have a follow up session with your labiaplasty surgeon. After the labiaplasty surgery your surgeon will give you a list of medications to take and the necessary after care and you will be given a labiaplasty follow up appointment or be advised to schedule one.
Your labiaplasty surgeon will prescribe oral medications to reduce pain and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
In this follow up appointment your labiaplasty surgeon will make sure that the healing process is going on as planned, may take out any sutures and will assess what aftercare is needed in order to help with your labiaplasty recovery. This consultation is a very important part of the labiaplasty surgery recovery.
After the labiaplasty surgery the area treated may be swollen and tender for several weeks. It is recommended that you do not have sexual intercourse for at least 4 weeks after your labiaplasty.
After the labiaplasty surgery you will be requested to stop any heavy, strenuous exercise for at least 3 weeks. After your labiaplasty surgery you cannot also wear tampons for 10 days after the surgery and you will be requested to wear a protective pad for at least 1 week since some bleeding will be present.