A LABIAPLASTY CAN REDUCE YOUR PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT AND FEELINGS OF EMBARRASSMENT, IMPROVING THE FUNCTIONALITY AND APPEARANCE OF YOUR VAGINAL REGION.
There are two labia, the labia minora (the inner lip of tissue) and the labia majora on the outside.
Either can be enhanced with surgery. The labia minora is the more common. The inner fold of tissue may extend beyond the labia majora causing an appearance that is less pleasing to some, or actually be large enough that it gets entrapped during intimate contact or intercourse. The most common procedure is to reduce this excess tissue so that it sits nearly flush with the labia majora. Sometimes this is required on both sides, sometimes just one.
Surgery for the labia majora typically involves reducing the overall size. This can be done by removing an ellipse of tissue thereby creating a flatter more youthful or attractive appearance.
For other patients, they may have lost volume over time and want the tissue plumped up. Various fillers can be used, all with the purpose of creating a fuller, plumper, more youthful contour.
Dr Shortt will go over your options, so you feel that your surgery is specifically planned for you.
When to consider having this procedure?
In general, candidates for labiaplasty surgery are aged 18 – 65 years, are in good health and are able to have general anaesthetic, and may have one or more of the following characteristics:
discomfort and self-conscious with the appearance of the vaginal region
a congenital condition or something that changed the size of the labia such as following the birth of children
a desire to have the labia reduced to make the vagina appear more youthful and attractive
to prevent pain during intercourse due to excess tissue entrapment
What is the recovery time?
At first you will be numb from the local anaesthetic. As this wears off, you will have a little discomfort, but this should be easily managed with medication for the first couple of days. You can develop swelling, so an ice pack can be applied regularly for the first few days after surgery to limit this somewhat. You can shower the next day, but should not bathe in a tub or pool for 4 weeks. You can gently irrigate the area after going to the washroom or gently dab with a wipe for the first week. Both labia minora and majora labiaplasty leave discreet scars that fade with time.
You may return to activities such as walking the next day. Running and bicycling should wait a couple of weeks. Intercourse should wait for 6 weeks to allow healing but more gentle contact can resume sooner.
As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, Dr Shortt will take a thorough medical history from you, discuss your surgical options, explain the complete procedure and potential risks, discuss what to expect pre and post labiaplasty surgery, and your estimated recovery time.
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