Labiaplasty - Some women experience an enlarged labia, whether by defect or as a lasting effect of childbirth. Having enlarged labia may cause some women pain during sex or embarrassment due to excess skin which may make it difficult when wearing a bathing suit. Labiaplasty can resolve this issue with a simple out-patient procedure to create a smaller, thinner, more comfortable, size and shape.
How should I prepare?
The labia reduction surgery is performed under deep sedation or general anesthesia, and usually takes about one hour, with little discomfort or pain to the patient. Your plastic surgeon will aim to maintain the natural contour, pigmentation and sensation of the labia minor with minimal scarring. Small incisions are made to remove any excess tissue or to even out the edges of the labia minor. Where the incisions are placed, sutures will seal the incision site. These sutures do not require removal and will dissolve within a few weeks.
What are the risks?
It's important to wash this area the night before your procedure with Hibiclens or similar antibacterial soap to minimize the chance for infection around the incisions. Refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen or certain herbal supplements, as these can increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to disclose everything you are currently taking, regardless of how menial. Stop smoking and all other nicotine products several weeks prior to your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the recovery with you as well.
How do I ensure my safety?
Be sure you have this procedure performed by an appropriately trained plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. Also, ask to see photos of previous results.
What will recovery be like?
Recovery time is relatively short, with patients able to return to work within 3-4 days. You should experience little to no bruising, may shower the following day and may resume having sex in 3-4 weeks after the procedure. The scarring should be indiscernible. Most patients are extremely pleased with their results.
How much does it cost?
In the United States, the average cost of a labiaplasty is $4,726, according to BuildMyBod's 2020 Plastic Surgery Pricing Report.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
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Questions & Answers
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