What is a Labiaplasty?
This procedure is done to improve the look and feel of the labia minora (exterior of the vagina). It is primarily done for patients who have been through pregnancy and childbirth. It is also done to correct any pain and discomfort that may occur during intercourse due to an oversized labia.
Who is a Labiaplasty Candidate?
Any woman who is embarrassed about the appearance of her labia may visit with Dr Paydar to discuss the potential Labiaplasty procedure available to help restore her confidence in intimacy. As with all procedures done by Dr Paydar, it is important for potential patients to have stable mental and physical health before the procedure can be done. Women who are experiencing pain during intercourse due to an oversized labia are candidates for this procedure as well.
These corrections are accomplished by removing excess tissue in that area and reshaping what remains into a youthful, healthy, and appealing form. It is normal for the labia to become slackened after the processes of pregnancy and giving birth. Dr Paydar’s Labiaplasty procedures can resolve the problems that this may present to the confidence of any woman who is embarrassed about the current appearance of her labia.
Labiaplasty Surgery Pre-Op and Post-Op
How do I prepare for my Labiaplasty?
Your surgeon will give you specific instruction on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking (light meal is ok for local anesthesia but nothing to eat 12 hours before if using IV sedation or general anesthesia), smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least two weeks before your surgery and not to resume for at least six weeks after your surgery. If you have your period the day of surgery, it is fine to wear a tampon. Although the goal of labiaplasty is to remove excess skin of labia minora, there may be a need to reduce labia majora and clitoral hooding as well. You should arrange for someone to drive you home and assist with your care for a day or two after you leave the hospital, if needed.
What happens during a Labiaplasty?
Prior to the surgery, Dr Paydar will consult with you to determine the best strategy for your personalized procedure. When all variables and end goals are clearly understood, anesthesia will be administered to treat the naturally occurring pain of the operation. Depending on your situation, surgical scalpels or lasers will be used to remove excess tissue from the labia area. Upon completion of the removal process, all incisions will be properly sutured and dressed.
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What is the Labiaplasty Recovery Process?
Dr Paydar will present you with specific hygiene instructions to ensure a healthy recovery of the treated area. Due to the location and nature of the Labiaplasty procedure, Dr Paydar will consistently monitor your recovery process to ensure everything is going as expected. It is normal to experience discomfort and swelling in the areas of incision while going through your recovery. You can expect to return to daily routine activities after a few days and return to work within a week. It is imperative that you refrain from sexual intercourse for up to six weeks. Complete healing may take up to three months.
What are the Risks of a Labiaplasty?
Post-operative complications such as permanent visible scars, bleeding, infection, and dyspareunia (painful sex), cosmetic dissatisfaction, asymmetry, numbness, wound separation, and vaginal dryness are rare, but can occur. Other general complications include but are not limited to blood clots, tissue damage, pain, respiratory problems, infection, loss of sensation, loss of motion or even loss of bodily function. Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing and necessitate a second operation. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.