Understanding Labiaplasty – Labiaplasty is a procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia or – especially if coupled with a second procedure – under general anesthesia. The objective of labiaplasty is to reduce the inner lips of the female genitalia to prevent them from protruding below the outer lips. Women select this surgery for various reasons: discomfort of the labia during daily activities, itching and tenderness, or self-consciousness about the visual appearance.
The most commonly performed version of labiaplasty is the trim procedure, which basically entails removal of extra tissue. Another version of the procedure involves removal of a wedge-shaped piece of extra tissue, while another includes removal of extra skin folds of the clitoral hood. Recovery time from a labiaplasty is normally about one week. Most women are ready to resume wearing tampons and having intercourse after about four to six weeks.
A labia majoraplasty can be performed when the outer lips are too big or hang down in an uncomfortable position. This procedure can also be performed under local general anesthesia, based on the amount of tissue to be removed.
Following childbirth, some women may experience vaginal laxity, which can lead to sexual dysfunction. A vaginoplasty is a procedure that brings the separated muscle tissue back together while also removing extra skin. Some women opt to have a vaginoplasty under general rather than local anesthesia. Recovery is generally one to two weeks, with no tampon use or intercourse for about eight weeks.
Patient satisfaction with vaginal rejuvenation procedures is very high. As with any surgical procedure, if you’re considering a labiaplasty, the best way to get started is to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon who can answer your questions and help you make the choice if labiaplasty is suitable for you. Contact the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery at 630-232-7840 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hein today!