Many people have heard the term vaginal rejuvenation, but discussing private anatomy openly isn’t for everyone. As a result, many women are left with lingering questions about what options are available, and what various procedures actually entail and accomplish. Thankfully, the internet has made it much easier to find information and do research regarding intimate things that perhaps we may not feel comfortable openly discussing with friends over lunch. It’s important, however, to make sure you are researching appropriately and gathering factual, scientific information. Today, let’s take a look at labiaplasty, the gold standard for surgical vaginal rejuvenation.
What is Labiaplasty?
Many women are aware of treatments, exercises, and other ways to address concerns regarding this area, but labiaplasty is the top cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed specifically for vaginal enhancement.
The main difference between a labiaplasty and other treatments under the “vaginal rejuvenation” umbrella is that labiaplasty is a surgical procedure. The procedure works by decreasing (or on rare occasions, increasing) the size of the labia minora (inner tissues of the female genitalia) so that it is even and flush with the labia majora (outer part of the female genitalia). This procedure involves utilizing several different surgical techniques depending on the patient’s specific situation, resulting in a more flush and symmetrical appearance.
This procedure actually has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of all cosmetic enhancement procedures.
Why Do Women Choose Labiaplasty?
There are a host of reasons females have enlarged labia, including childbirth, aging, sexual activity, and genetics. Generally there is no medical necessity to reconstruct an enlarged labia; however, it can be terribly bothersome both emotionally and physically. Bikinis and fitted pants are not top choices for women with labia hypertrophy as they can create irritation caused by friction, and the visibility can cause embarrassment. Labiaplasty is specially designed to address the aesthetics of the vaginal area and restore feminine confidence. It can also be used as a reparative surgery to restore a labia that has torn due to childbirth or injury.
Common Reasons for Labiaplasty:
- Unable to wear fitted pants because of friction and irritation
- Embarrassment caused when wearing a bikini because of visible contours
- Stretching or tearing occurring from childbirth
- Discomfort experienced with physical activities such as riding a bike or running
- Feminine hygiene resulting in UTIs or other complications
- Shy away from intimate encounters because of self-consciousness
What Does the Procedure Entail?
The procedure time, depending on the technique chosen, ranges from 30 minutes to two hours. It can be performed with either local or general anesthesia depending on the patient’s preference and surgeon recommendation.
Tenderness and swelling are normal occurrences post-surgery and will subside in several days, but ice pack applications and pain medication can help reduce any discomfort in the meantime. Patients can walk immediately following their surgery, but it is recommended that they take a few days off work to rest.
Comfort and confidence in our appearance is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.
We understand the personal nature of this procedure and want our patients to feel absolutely comfortable and safe. We are objective, professional, confidential, and are willing and ready to answer any questions or field any concerns you may have. All procedures have their own nuances, and each patient is different.