You might have been considering labiaplasty for a while now, or maybe you were intrigued after seeing the term in a magazine. Labiaplasty, which falls under the umbrella of vaginal rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure for women who want to correct their irregular or enlarged labia so they can feel confident in their skin again. If you are asking yourself, “What are the potential benefits of labiaplasty for me” and wondering whether it will achieve your goals, we discuss those issues here.
Who Can Benefit From Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is not just for new moms experiencing body changes due to pregnancy; it’s for any woman who feels dissatisfied with the look and feel of their labial folds. Your vaginal lips could be large or irregular due to age, childbirth, or genetics. Whatever the reason, asymmetrical or excess labia skin can make you feel insecure about your body, especially during intimacy. Some women also experience discomfort as the enlarged labial folds chafe against certain types of clothing.
This issue can be easily and safely corrected by a labiaplasty or labia reduction. You can learn more about what a labiaplasty can and can’t do in our related blog post.
What Are the Benefits of Labiaplasty?
For women who have suffered from enlarged, asymmetrical labia skin, a labiaplasty can bring much-needed relief from pain and discomfort. Other benefits you might expect from the procedure include:
- Increased comfort in clothing such as snug-fitting underwear, pants, or swimwear
- Enhanced experience during intimacy
- Improved comfort during activities such as riding a bike, exercising, and participating in sports
- Boosted self-confidence
To better understand labiaplasty’s benefits, it helps to learn more about the surgery itself.
What Happens During a Labiaplasty Procedure?
The labiaplasty procedure aims to decrease the size of the labia minora or inner tissues of the female genitalia so that it is flush with the labia majora (outer part of the vulva). You can learn more from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
During a labiaplasty, your plastic surgeon will trim the excess tissue of the labial folds and suture the trimmed areas. You can opt for a local anesthetic or conscious sedation during this relatively short procedure.
While not a major surgery, the success of a labiaplasty rests in the hands of the plastic surgeon. This is a delicate procedure that requires skill, experience, and sensitivity. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience, I will handle your labiaplasty procedure with discretion and care.
What To Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery
The upside of labiaplasty is that it takes only about 1 hour to complete and post-op discomfort is usually well managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. However, you shouldn’t take post-surgical care lightly as the vaginal area is very delicate and needs to be cared for thoroughly. Your plastic surgeon may recommend avoiding long showers and advise you to carefully pat the area dry after washing. You should also avoid tight clothing that may rub against the labial folds and create discomfort.
It will take approximately 6 weeks for the vaginal area to heal completely, which is when you can resume sexual activity. You should be able to move around 2 to 4 days after the surgery but should not engage in any strenuous activity. Here is some additional information on labiaplasty recovery from RealSelf.
A labiaplasty procedure might be unfamiliar territory, but it can restore your confidence and offer many benefits. When navigating this procedure, your plastic surgeon will work with you on every aspect and resolve all your concerns. Check out our before and after gallery to see the amazing results I have achieved for my labiaplasty patients in Boston. You can call (781) 237-7700 to learn more or request a consultation at our office.