There are a lot of types of cosmetic surgeries that people elect to have throughout their lives and one such procedure is known as Labiaplasty Vagina Rejuvenation.
To put it simply, a labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves modifying the labia minora and/or labia majora of a person’s vagina.
Moreover, it is most commonly done to create a “tucked in” appearance for the vagina. If you are curious about the procedure and why people tend to elect to get one, then you have come to the right place! Let Dr. Cat break down everything that you may want to know about this incredible form of cosmetic surgery.
Why is Labiaplasty Vagina Rejuvenation done?
One thing to keep in mind is that there is no such thing as a normal or not-normal looking vagina. Sometimes a vagina is symmetrical, sometimes it is not. Sometimes the clitoris is easily visible, and sometimes it is not.
No matter what your vagina looks like, there is no doubt that there are millions of women all over the world who have vaginas that look just like it! With that being said, just because something is completely normal and healthy does not mean that a person may feel great about the appearance.
Overall, a labiaplasty is commonly done when someone thinks that their labia are too long. In the vast majority of cases, this procedure is entirely cosmetic and elective.
With that being said, there are some instances in which a labiaplasty is medically necessary. The only times in which a labiaplasty is considered medically necessary is when a woman’s labia get tucked in or sucked in during intercourse. The same can be said if the length of the vulva leads to pain or discomfort during activities such as running, biking or even sitting.
How often is the procedure done?
You may think that these procedures are incredibly rare, but rest assured that if you are thinking about undergoing a labiaplasty that you are not alone. In fact, it was reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that about 10,000 such procedures take place each and every year.
Do potential risks exist?
Let’s be clear, anytime anyone goes under the knife – whether it is for elective or required procedures – there is a certain level of risk. Beyond that, when surgery is being done to such a sensitive and complex part of the body such as the vagina, there is increased risk.
The main risks specific to labiaplasty include:
- Scarring that results in painful sex
- Chronic dryness
- Decreased sensitivity
On top of that, there is a risk that if the labia is shortened by too much, it will no longer be able to do the job that it is meant to do, which is to keep the vagina clean. This can lead to a change in the pH balance within the vagina which can lead to increased infection.
With that being said, typically, these procedures go off without a hitch and have the exact result as was intended with little to no side effects.
How does the procedure work?
There are two primary types of procedures to address the labia minora. The two are edge resection and wedge resection. Both of these procedures are typically done while the patient is under anesthesia.
Edge resection involves the trimming of the “excess” edges of the labia. Think of this as a similar way to cutting or trimming your hair.
Alternatively, wedge resection maintains the original labial edges but cuts a wedged-shaped sliver of the skin out of the center of the labia. These parts are then brought together and bonded with the use of dissolvable sutures.
Overall, the procedures typically go one of two ways. The tissue is either cut out using liposuction on the labia that are no longer fuller than wanted. Or fat or other filler is injected to plump up the labia.
What is recovery like?
Typically, the recovery is done in the outpatient style, meaning that people who undergo the procedure are able to recover at home and not in the hospital. With that said, this does not mean that those thinking about getting this procedure should expect a quick and easy recovery.
In fact, it is recommended to anyone thinking about undergoing this procedure that they should take anything between half a week and an entire week off of work so that they can fully recover.
On top of that, most doctors will prescribe both antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection as well an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce pain and inflammation. On top of any prescribed medication, people who are recovering from a labiaplasty are recommended to:
- Not use tampons while menstruating and not engage in sex for at least four to six weeks
- Avoid exercise or any rigorous activities involving the legs
- Take salt or sitz baths to relieve soreness
- Wear loose clothing to avoid friction
Should patients expect a follow-up appointment?
Most definitely! In fact, patients who get labiaplasties typically can expect one to two follow-up appointments so that the surgeon and/or doctor can make sure that the area is healing well and as expected.
Does the patient need anything beforehand?
On top of taking the necessary work off the recovery from the procedure in the days following the surgery, patients should make sure that they have purchased the necessary clothes and/or underwear so that they can be as comfortable as possible when home. On top of that, patients should be sure that they will be able to get plenty of sleet, eat healthy and drink plenty of water leading up to the day of the procedure.
In the end, getting a labiaplasty is a major decision. IF you are having second guesses about getting the work done, you should probably hold off. With that being said, if you are sure that this will improve your life and/or self-esteem, it is likely time to start reaching out to top surgeons in your area for a full consultation.