What is labiaplasty?
A Search may produce other terms such as “vaginal rejuvenation” or “designer vagina”, however, the goal of this article is to first distinguish a labiaplasty from other forms of vaginal rejuvenation and then to inform you about the actual labiaplasty procedure. Vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term that encompasses a myriad of options for this ever-growing field of elective healthcare. New devices and treatments enter the market almost every month, as more and more women use these treatments more frequently.
Therapies for “vaginal rejuvenation” generally include energy devices such as lasers, radiofrequency, and ultrasound, just to name a few. Most vaginal rejuvenation procedures use some form of energy to achieve a wide variety of results, such as vaginal tightening, decreased incontinence, and elimination of vaginal dryness. However, the FDA recently released a statement on these types of treatment, explaining that some of the manufacturers of these devices were not being fully transparent with the clinical claims of these devices.
The main difference between a labiaplasty and another treatment under the umbrella of “vaginal rejuvenation” is that a labiaplasty is a surgical procedure. The labiaplasty procedure aims to reduce the scope of the labia minora (internal tissues of the female genitalia) so that it is at the same level as the labia majora (the external part of the female genitalia). This procedure involves the use of several different surgical techniques depending on the specific situation of the patient. No power devices are required with a labiaplasty, and you will work with your plastic surgeon to determine the goals of your surgery.
Why labiaplasty is performed
Know this: There is an H-U-G-E range of what qualifies as normal lip length and appearance!
Sometimes the inner lips are longer than the outer ones, sometimes the outer ones are longer than the inner ones.
Sometimes they are symmetrical, sometimes they are shaped like the clitoris is visible, sometimes not, and so on.
Doctor compares the lips to the earlobes: “Just as no two lobes are the same thickness, length, or colour, no two vulvas and lips are the same.” (For a visual indication of this, he recommends checking out The Labia Library and The Great Wall of Vagina.)
A labiaplasty can be done if a person’s lips are too long. Or when someone thinks their lips are too long.
When labiaplasty is done
Labiaplasty was generally caused by the shorter labia which no longer hung below the level of the hairy labia majora. Most patients with symptoms of twisting and pulling off their lips usually experience relief after surgery. Rendering to several studies, labiaplasty surgery is related to a satisfaction level of over 90%
Labiaplasty is a careful outpatient procedure (meaning you don’t stay at the hospital overnight afterwards), and it can be done under over-all anaesthesia or a mix of local anaesthesia and sedation, according to the ASPS.
Throughout the procedure, a doctor will typically trim the labia and use dissolvable seams to close up the raw edges, (There’s also somewhat known as a wedge procedure, the ASPS says, which preserves the edges of the labia and in its place takes pie-shaped pieces of tissue from other areas of the lips.)
Labiaplasty recovery isn’t exactly a picnic. Your vulva will be sore and swollen. (The ASPS notes that some people take a week off work post-procedure if they’re able.) The doctor recommends wearing loose clothing for at least a few days to avoid excess pain and doing a warm sits bath (i.e., submerging everything below your hips in warm water or a saline solution) to dismiss discomfort if you need it. You can also apply the ice on the area for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off to help relieve tenderness and swelling, says the ASPS.
When it originates to longer-term curative, your doctor will typically recommend you avoid tampons, sex, and vigorous activities for four to six weeks to let the area heal.
After doing that will be any complications
The risks and complications associated with labiaplasty include:
- Blood clots
- Reaction to anaesthesia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the groin and lips
- Tissue necrosis
- Scars or keloid scars
- The reduced or altered sensation of the lips or genitals
- Discolouration of the lips near the incision
It is normal after labiaplasty to feel pain, bruising, and swelling for up to 2 weeks.
During this time, urinating and sitting up can also be uncomfortable. You will be given pain relievers to help with this.
A labiaplasty can occasionally result in:
- Tissue scarring
- Reduced sensitivity of the genitals
Any type of operation also transmits a small risk of:
- A blood clot in a vein
- An allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
Your surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if you had them.