IS LABIAPLASTY FOR ME?
The entry to the vagina is the labia. The outer lips or labia majora are constant and do not vary much in shape or size. During sexual arousal, they fill with blood and engorge. The inner lips or labia minora are more visible and intimately a part of sexual activity. Childbirth takes its toll on these inner lips. Discoloration, elongation, and somewhat irregularity often occurs. When this happens, they can hurt during sex and exercise. And some women find their appearance less than acceptable.
Therefore we include this option with the concept of a mommy makeover. A procedure that classically involves the breasts and the abdomen. The inner labia can also be given a trimming. Therefore, labiaplasty can in some instances be part of the mommy makeover reconstruction process. The trimming and redesigning of the inner labia can be very rewarding for many patients. The incision and excision will extend the length of the redundant area. Furthermore, it creates more aesthetic inner labial lips. Also, it creates more comfort.
DISCOMFORT AND RECOVERY
The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. And, in our practice, we apply a long-acting local to minimize the postoperative discomfort. Cold compresses for several days postoperatively will help minimize the discomfort. Recovery with regard to exercise and sexual activity can be anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. This will depend on the process of healing which is individualized for each and every woman.
The tissue covering the clitoris is usually not part of but can be, the inner lip excision and redesign. Labiaplasty is now a much more popular procedure than in the past. It is thought of as a twofold benefit. It improves the appearance of the labia and also maximizes sexual function.