For many women, there is a strong interest in the labiaplasty, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that offers a wide range of benefits to vaginal appearance and overall self-confidence. However, given the sensitive nature of the treatment, it can be difficult to find information. For those interested in achieving their body goals, a labiaplasty is a safe, effective procedure and has recently grown in popularity.
Labia enlargement can cause women from their teens on into adulthood to feel self-conscious. Labiaplasty reduces the size of a woman’s labia minora so that it no longer hangs beyond the labia majora. This treatment can provide relief from discomfort in tight clothing and prevent irritation during physical activities.
To learn more about how a labiaplasty can provide relief and beautiful results, speak with Dr. Hamlet.
Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of the labia minora or the inner lips of the vagina. Many women are turning to this to avoid the physical discomforts of having an oversized labia, which include chafing from rubbing up against clothing, pain during sex, and pain while exercising. When this can be seen through clothing, it can also cause psychosocial anxiety. Labiaplasty seeks to fix this and, in turn, to eliminate these stressors.
Although there is absolutely no such thing as a “perfect” vagina, there are many things—pregnancy, heredity, or a variety of other causes—that can result in an enlarged labia. The labiaplasty procedure not only reduces the size of a woman’s labia minora but it can also make the labia more symmetrical. This prevents the labia minor from protruding from the labia majora.
Women who are experiencing symptoms associated with an enlarged labia may also have a condition called labial hypertrophy. Labial hypertrophy means a woman’s labia minora is overdeveloped, or disproportionately elongated.
Though the condition presents no direct health issues, there are a number of secondary symptoms that are the result of the size and shape of the labia. Pinching, pain, and discomfort during physical and sexual activity are common as well as difficulty wearing tight-fitted clothing. Women who are diagnosed with labial hypertrophy can find relief through a labiaplasty.
Those who typically seek out labiaplasty are women who have had significant labial changes after having babies. For some, however, irregular labia majora or minora are simply hereditary. These women have found themselves feeling self-conscious in form-fitting pants. They often have physical discomfort, too, such as chaffing, dryness, and/or irritation from labia that extends beyond the opening of the vagina. Whether yours is hereditary or a postpartum issue, you don’t have to be embarrassed any longer. Seek out a consultation with Dr. Hamlet.
Your labiaplasty consultation is private and discreet, where every effort is made to ensure you feel 100% comfortable about the treatment. Dr. Hamlet will also use this time to assess your overall physical health and expectations for surgery. You will be able to discuss the specific issues that concern you such as symptoms like labial hypertrophy or experiences with physical discomfort. Together, you will go over the steps of the procedure and the various surgical options that are available such as the specific incision pattern that you’d like. After considering your personal goals, Dr. Hamlet may also make additional recommendations that may better accomplish the results you want.
Finally, you will receive a detailed breakdown of the treatment and its cost.
In preparation for the procedure, you will receive a set of guidelines to follow to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. For example:
- Stop smoking at least 2-3 weeks ahead of the procedure
- You might be asked to ask to stop taking certain medications, especially those that thin the blood
- Have your paperwork filled out for insurance (if applicable)
- Arrange for a ride home from surgery
- Plan to wear comfortable clothes for the day of your procedure and, in particular, make sure that the clothes you wear home after surgery won’t irritate the skin
A labiaplasty surgery takes place on an outpatient basis (meaning you will return home after your treatment) and is often completed in less than one hour. There is minimal discomfort associated with it and the sutures used to close incisions will dissolve on their own.
The first step is the application of local or general anesthesia to ensure you feel no discomfort. The type of anesthesia used is discussed during your consultation.
There are a variety of incision techniques Dr. Hamlet can use, and he will make a recommendation and help you determine which one is best for your case. There are two main types of incision techniques: the wedge or trim. A trim technique is a simpler method where the free edges of the labia minora are trimmed. The wedge method involved removing a wedge from the labium minus while preserving the free edge of the labia minora. The wedge method may be preferable because it preserves a natural appearance, but is a more demanding technique.
After the excess tissue is removed, absorbable sutures close the incisions and the procedure is complete.
You will experience some mild post-op pain in the area and will be given medication to soothe these symptoms after your surgery.
Running warm water over this region as you urinate can ease discomfort. Swelling and bruising are normal but will subside within a few days. Ice can be used to reduce the discomfort associated with any swelling.
Wearing loose fitting clothing and underwear during the recovery period is highly advised. Do not use tampons until Dr. Hamlet tells you that it is safe to do so.
You should abstain from sexual activity for about six weeks after surgery. Be sure to check in with Dr. Hamlet on this topic during your post-op appointment.
Although the final results won’t be complete for about 4-6 months post-surgery, most patients are able to return to work or light daily activity after about 2-5 days.
During your healing process, it is important to avoid activities that can irritate the incision site such as long periods of sitting, scratching or pulling.
Avoid pools and hot tubs until you are cleared to do so. Topical moisturizers and cooling sprays are available to help relieve irritation or itching that may occur as your heal.
You’ll be glad to know that this procedure has a very high patient satisfaction rate (over 90 percent). The labiaplasty ideally results in shorter labia that no longer hang down below the level of labia majora. Most patients who reported feeling tugging of the labia before the surgery report relief from this post-labiaplasty. Again, though, be patient, as results won’t be complete for about 4-6 months.
The cost of your Labiaplasty will vary based on the techniques used and whether complementary treatments are included. After presenting your concerns and coming up with a treatment plan during your consultation with Dr. Hamlet, you will be given a price quote for the procedure. You can also try to find out if your insurance might cover the procedure or at least a portion of it. Contact our office and schedule a consultation today.