Labiaplasty – Vaginal Reconstruction
Labiaplasty (also labioplasty) is the surgical correction of the labia majora or labia minora. This surgery is performed to reduce the outward appearance of the labia, correct asymmetry, or in rarer cases, repair female genital issues or damage from childbirth. Vaginal cosmetic surgery is becoming more socially accepted and is performed nearly as often as procedures like tummy tucks and breast augmentations. The most common reasons for the surgery is to reduce pain or discomfort while wearing tight clothing or playing sports, and to reduce embarrassment about the appearance of the genitals, or to increase sexual function.
Because of the increasing popularity in this field of surgery, there have been numerous technological advancements and there are many techniques for achieving the best outcome. The type of surgery recommended for you will be determined by the shape of the labia and surrounding tissues, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for labiaplasty?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for labiaplasty;
- Your labia are fully developed and you are in good physical condition
- You experience discomfort when wearing tight pants or engaging in athletic or sexual activity
- You are unhappy because your labia are inhibiting proper function of sexual organs
- You have skin rashes or irritation and/or hygiene problems like trapped moisture
- You are embarrassed with the size, shape, or appearance of your labia
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous or current sexually transmitted diseases, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Considerations with labiaplasty:
Illness: If you have a yeast infection, genital herpes outbreak, or any other illness it is recommended you wait until the infection has resolved before undergoing this procedure.
Medical issues: If you have complications from an episiotomy, problems with bladder incontinence, or have a prolapsed uterus this surgery is not recommended for you. Please speak with Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio for further details.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are pregnant or considering having children in the future. Pregnancy and childbirth can affect the long-term results of this surgery.
Surgery and Recovery
Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgery, performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your genital area will be wrapped in gauze dressings and cooling packs are recommended to reduce swelling. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complication and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. You will be sore for at least a couple of weeks and must not engage in strenuous exercise or sexual activity for at least a month. Dressings will be removed within several days, swelling may occur but resolves itself within about a month. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.