About the Labiaplasty Procedure
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the external appearance of the vagina by way of labial reduction. There are a number of reasons why women undergo labiaplasty. It may be to correct damage from childbirth, reduce discomfort of an enlarged labia, or for aesthetic purposes.
Many women decide to undergo labiaplasty as part of a total vaginal restoration. Total vaginal restoration encompasses a number of different procedures designed to improve the appearance of the vulvar area. These procedures include labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, and perineoplasty.
There are two types of labiaplasty: labia minora reduction and labia majora reduction.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
- Sedatives and pain relievers are administered to reduce anxiety and pain before the procedure begins.
- Once properly positioned, a surgical outline is drawn on the area.
- Local anesthetic is injected into the area.
- Dr. Safir then performs the labiaplasty by removing excess labial tissue.
- After this tissue is removed, the area is sutured to make sure it heals properly.
- Surgery usually takes about an hour
- The surgical scar may be hidden in the natural crease between the labia majora and labia minora
After the Procedure
Recovery time for labiaplasty is generally fairly brief, with the majority of healing occurring in the first few weeks. If you don’t have a physically demanding job, you can generally return to work in a week or so. During recovery, it is very important to avoid strenuous activity, keep the area clean, and take antibiotics as prescribed. Dr. Safir will set a follow-up appointment with you so he can ensure that the area is healing properly.
Minor irritation and discomfort may occur, so take the pain medication that Dr. Safir prescribes. Don’t resume sexual activity for 6-8 weeks.