What is Labiaplasty?
Vaginal rejuvenation, specifically labiaplasty is available at our Nashville, Tennessee practice. Enlarged labia treatment is becoming a frequently requested plastic surgical procedure, and there are a number of reasons for this. Many women are shaving most or all of their pubic hair, thus making extended labia more noticeable. The press is reporting on subjects such as vaginal rejuvenation, bringing the subject of female genitalia into the mainstream. Women are becoming increasingly aware and self conscious of their pubic area and those who have lived with discomfort from elongated labia are learning that this is not necessarily something they have to live with!
It is important to differentiate labiaplasty from other vaginal rejuvenation procedures. Vaginoplasty is a procedure to tighten or help strengthen the internal vaginal wall. In contrast, labiaplasty is a procedure to reduce the size of the external labia minora or labia majora (the inner or outer lips in the female pubic area).
Labiaplasty is a relatively simple procedure which can improve both the appearance and function of the female labia. It is a procedure which offers a comforting solution to unsightly or uncomfortably enlarged or elongated labia majora or labia minora.
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Many women have discomfort related to their elongated or enlarged labia. The discomfort can range from bothersome to outright painful. Many athletic women complain of discomfort when riding a bicycle or horseback riding. Almost all women with this condition agree that their labia can get caught in their jeans, causing significant discomfort or chafing.
In addition to improving discomfort labiaplasty also improves the appearance of the pubic area. Many women report that the size of their labia embarrasses or inhibits them sexually. Others remark that their sexual partners have commented on the appearance of their labia. Some women say that elongated labia makes them look or feel older than they are. Labiaplasty can give women a new outlook on their bodies and make them feel younger and more self-confident. Labiaplasty can also be combined with a number of other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation, facelift, or BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments for a more complete cosmetic makeover.
Once you decide you would like to pursue labiaplasty here at our Nashville center, you will need to come in for a consultation. Although you may be worried about this being an embarrassing topic to discuss, our all-female staff (including our two female plastic surgeons) will make you as comfortable as possible. In many cases, labiaplasty is discussed when a patient comes in to consult about a different procedure. In many instances, labiaplasty can be performed at the same time as another plastic surgical procedure.
The procedure itself is relatively simple. It can be done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, depending on the degree of deformity and the patient’s tolerance for discomfort. The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes. In most cases there is minimal bleeding and swelling.
Post-operative discomfort is easily managed with oral pain medications. Absorbable sutures dissolve over seven to 10 days. Downtime is minimal. Most patients can return to normal activity in two to five days and return to sexual activity within a few weeks.
Labiaplasty is a relatively safe operation with minimal risks. Any surgical procedure has some risk however. There is a small risk of abnormal bleeding or post-operative infection. Cosmetic deformity can result if too much tissue is removed. It is important to discuss with your surgeon exactly what tissue you wish to have removed. Patients are generally very satisfied with the outcome of this procedure.
Click to schedule an appointment for labiaplasty at our facility in Nashville, Tennessee. Enlarged labia treatment can be performed with discretion and compassionate care by our experienced plastic surgeons.