Labiaplasty is a procedure that involves altering the size, shape and/or fullness of the Labia Minora and Labia Majora, which has gained much popularity in the last few years. Labiaplasty can improve both cosmetic and health concerns in your vaginal area by reshaping or resizing the vaginal lips or labia. Labiaplasty can help address the size, shape or symmetry of your labia. In addition, it can help reduce discomfort from wearing tight clothing as well as discomfort during exercise or intercourse.
What is considered a normal labia size?
“Normal” labia size is whatever you choose, based on your own self-esteem. If you’re happy with your existing labia, whether symmetrical, or asymmetrical, and you have no problem with the way they look, then, in your case, a “normal” labia is whatever you choose, or accept. The point to remember is that with labiaplasty, you can literally pick and choose the size or shape of your labia, and elect to have them anatomically reformed, if you wish.
Is labiaplasty right for you?
If the size or shape of your labia affects your self-confidence or interferes in your daily activities, you may be an ideal candidate for labiaplasty.
What should you expect at your initial consultation?
During an initial consultation, your plastic or cosmetic surgeon will conduct a thorough exam and help determine if labiaplasty is the right option for you. You need to let the surgeon know how your current labia structure impacts your daily life and what you expect from surgery. This is the time to ask any questions you may have about your surgery.
How should you prepare for labiaplasty?
Once you decide that labiaplasty is right for you, you need to begin planning for your procedure and recovery. You should plan on taking at least a week off from work. Make sure you are eating healthy, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep. Establishing healthy habits before your surgery can help support a quicker recovery.
What should you expect during the procedure?
How long your procedure takes will depend on your specific treatment plan. Labiaplasty allows the reduction of large labia (labia minora and labia majora) to perfect their outward appearance and correct asymmetry. After the preoperative marking of the edges of the labia minora in a symmetric fashion on both sides, the incisions are placed on the medial (inside) surfaces of the labia to excise the excessive protuberant area. The remaining edge is over sewn with an absorbable suture.
Complimentary procedures include a clitoral hood reduction, mons pubis liposuction and Viveve, which is a nonsurgical vaginal tightening treatment. You may decide to have one or more of these procedures done during your labiaplasty procedure.
What should you expect during your recovery?
The procedure is very well tolerated but you can expect a few side effects such as soreness in the treated areas, swelling, bruising, and redness for a few days. You can take over the counter pain medication, if necessary.
When will I see results?
Every woman heals differently, and your body will need time to rest and recover from the procedure. You will see the results (results may vary from person to person) of this procedure immediately, with maximum effects seen after 8-12 weeks. After the procedure, a special supporting undergarment is applied and you may resume normal daily activities in 10-14 days, but refrain from sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks.