Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation have become more popular in recent years. It’s quite common for women to consider these procedures to correct issues such as reduced sexual sensation, unhappiness with the appearance of the labia, or the after effects of pregnancy, childbirth and aging. A little embarrassment is normal when it comes to discussing the look or functionality of your genitals, but these labiaplasty FAQs and answers should leave you feeling more informed about your options.
Labiaplasty is a procedure designed to reduce or reshape the labia minora or majora, or inner and outer labia. Labia minora are often referred to as the lips of the vagina, positioned just outside the vaginal opening. Some women may find that the shape or size of their labia causes issues or pain during sexual intercourse, while others become self-conscious about the outline of their labia being visible while wearing tight-fitting clothes. It may simply be that you feel overly aware of the appearance of your labia and, thus, have experienced a dip in self-esteem. Labiaplasty can help with all of these issues by improving the shape and size of the inner or outer labia, reducing discomfort or embarrassment and boosting self-confidence.
[quote] Whether to enhance sexual experience, alleviate discomfort or improve appearance, there are a range of reasons for why women choose to have a labiaplasty. [/quote]
The length of time taken to perform a labiaplasty procedure can depend on the technique used and the extent of the changes being made. When you speak to your board-certified plastic surgeon during your initial consultation, they will be able to provide a more accurate indication of how long the procedure will take. In most cases, a labiaplasty takes around 1 to 2 hours.
As labia minora reduction is a relatively minor procedure, it will normally be done at your board-certified plastic surgeon’s office or an accredited clinic. If this isn’t possible, your plastic surgeon will let you know during your initial consultation and will provide details of the planned location. Remember that your initial consultation is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to confirm any details you may be unsure of. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will be happy to address any concerns.
In short, yes. This is one of the labiaplasty FAQs which comes up quite often. Enlarged labia, or labial hypertrophy, tends to run in families and, therefore, can pose a problem even without age or pregnancy being a factor. You don’t need to have had children to be eligible for labiaplasty but, if you are planning to become pregnant in the future, you may wish to consider the potential effects of this on your labia. This can be discussed when consulting your board-certified plastic surgeon about your suitability for the procedure.
Depending on the nature of your job, you may be able to return to work just 5 to 7 days following labiaplasty. If your job tends to involve more strenuous tasks, you may wish to take longer away from work. This could be up to 4 to 6 weeks if your job is particularly physical, but this is relatively uncommon. If you have concerns about the effect your specific job could have on your post-labiaplasty recovery, speak to your board-certified plastic surgeon.
You can expect some bleeding immediately following your labiaplasty, but should steer clear of using tampons at this point. A sanitary pad will be required for the first 5 to 7 days to deal with post-operative bleeding. If your period is due soon after labiaplasty, you should use sanitary pads only, with tampons to be avoided until 10 days post-surgery.
This is one question that tends to top the list of labiaplasty FAQs that women are too embarrassed to ask in person. Whether you’re interested in treating asymmetry or other issues with your labia minora or labia majora, you should abstain from sexual intercourse for 6 weeks after the procedure. Exercise and other particularly physical activities are also restricted during this period to allow your body time to heal.
If your sole reason for considering labiaplasty is asymmetry between your labia majora, your board-certified plastic surgeon will work on just one labium. The objective in this case will be to sculpt the larger labium to more closely resemble the other, creating a symmetrical appearance. Of course, if you are also looking to correct other issues, both labia may be involved in the procedure. Your plastic surgeon will confirm the specifics of your individual labiaplasty during your consultation and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
There are a number of techniques which may be used by your plastic surgeon during labiaplasty, depending on your circumstances and the issues you are keen to tackle. For labia minora reduction, your plastic surgeon will use surgical excision to remove excess fatty tissue through small incisions, before sculpting the labia into a more appealing shape. For reduction of labia majora, your plastic surgeon may opt for liposuction to remove fatty tissue or to surgically remove a portion of the fatty tissue from the area, which is normally done in more complex cases. In this instance, your plastic surgeon will also reshape the labia majora, removing any excess skin where required.
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