Aging not only has a significant impact on a woman’s facial and abdominal appearance, but it can also change the appearance of their vaginal area. While some patients may feel embarrassed to talk about what may be going on “down there,” it is important to address any issues that could be affecting the vulva. For women who are unhappy with their asymmetrical or disproportionate labia, labiaplasty can be the solution to improving their cosmetic appearance and quality of life.
Many women considering labiaplasty find themselves struggling with an abnormally long labia minora that have developed from genetics, hormonal changes, or childbirth. Other women may feel insecure or experience physical discomfort such as chafing while playing sports, having intercourse, or wearing tight-fitting clothes. In addition to restoring a balanced and attractive appearance to the vulva, labiaplasty will also help patients feel comfortable and confident about their sexuality. This surgical procedure can also:
- Alleviate pain and discomfort
- Reshape and reduce the inner labia
- Improve darkened pigment along the labia
- Reduce odor and hygiene issues
Labiaplasty is performed either under local anesthesia with oral sedation or under general anesthesia, depending on your needs. During the trim technique for labiaplasty, extra tissue along the edge of the labia will be trimmed and removed. Patients who desire to keep their natural labial edge can opt for removal of a wedge of tissue from the labia. Both labiaplasty techniques will result in a more aesthetically pleasing vulvar appearance. Labiaplasty should only be performed by a trained professional, as they can carefully protect the nerves around the labia.
Recovery and Results
You may experience some pain and swelling following your labiaplasty procedure. Although swelling should resolve within six weeks, it can take as long as six months for residual swelling to go down. Patients can use an ice pack and place it on the treated area every 20 minutes to help minimize any pain or discomfort. You also need to make sure to rest with your vulva elevated to reduce swelling. Your recovery period can take up to one week, and intercourse or use of tampons must be avoided for at least six weeks after surgery. Labiaplasty provides long-lasting results and relief that will improve a woman’s vulva and quality of life.
Risks and Side Effects
As with most surgical procedures, labiaplasty risks and side effects may include bleeding, hematoma, infection, scarring, a change in sensation, mild to moderate pain, chronic dryness, and over-resection.