Labiaplasty is also commonly referred to as vaginal rejuvenation. To have a better idea of what it is and what is involved, here are some answers to a few questions that are frequently asked.
What Is Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a form of plastic surgery procedure that basically alters your labia majora and/or your labia minora. However, experts mostly perform labiaplasty on the labia minora (inner lips). These are the folds that flank your clitoris.
The result is the creation of a tucked-in appearance. Many women are born with irregular or large labia and it does not bother them. However, for those who are unhappy about it, labiaplasty offers an effective solution.
Why Do Women Do It?
One of the major reasons that women undergo labiaplasty is because they are not happy with the size or shape of their labia. For some, this can lead to confidence issues, low self-esteem, and other psychological issues. In other cases, it is purely about comfort. For women with large labia, wearing tight clothes such as a bathing suit might cause a lot of irritation.
Additionally, physical activities such as biking, walking, or running might be unbearable. In some cases, sex becomes painful because the labia keeps getting sucked into the vagina. These scenarios make labiaplasty a medical necessity to alleviate suffering.
Should You Wait Until You Are Finished Having Children?
The simple answer is no. As long as you are totally healed, undergoing labiaplasty will not affect your child’s birth.
Is the Laser Tool Better Than Others?
In the hands of a skilled surgeon, laser surgery is preferable. Unlike other tools such as surgical knives or scalpels, laser cuts differently. As it cuts, the ray seals off small blood vessels, making it nearly bloodless surgery. This reduces inflammation and scarring and promotes fast healing. The procedure takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. This is done while you are under twilight or general sedation.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
You can take about a week off from work for recovery purposes. To alleviate the pain, you can take some over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. You may experience discomfort and pain immediately after the procedure.
Furthermore, experts advise wearing loose undergarments and taking antibiotics. This reduces inflammation and pain, making your recovery more comfortable. Specialists advise you to avoid strenuous activities, including exercise, sex, and using tampons for about four to six weeks.
What Are the Risks Involved?
As a general rule, there are risks involved every time you go under the knife. Some of the main ones include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Chronic dryness
- Irregular scarring leading to pain during sex
- Lessened sensitivity
Should I See the Doctor After the Procedure?
Yes. About one or two follow-up appointments are necessary after labiaplasty. This enables the doctor to ascertain that your healing is on the right course. If something is off, they may then make recommendations or take action.
If you have any more questions about labiaplasty, visit Restivo Plastic Surgery at our office in Wailuku, Hawaii. You can also call (808) 204-4800 to book an appointment today.