Labiaplasty Operation

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping or reducing the size of the labia minora, which are the inner folds of the vulva. It is typically done for cosmetic reasons or to address discomfort or irritation caused by enlarged labia. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during a labiaplasty operation:

1. Consultation:

  • The process begins with a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty.
  • During the consultation, you will discuss your goals, concerns, and reasons for wanting the procedure.
  • The surgeon will evaluate your labial anatomy and overall health to determine if you are a suitable candidate for labiaplasty.

2. Preoperative Preparation:

  • If you decide to proceed with the surgery, you will receive preoperative instructions from your surgeon. These may include:
    • Abstaining from smoking and alcohol in the weeks leading up to the procedure.
    • Discontinuing certain medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding.
    • Avoiding food and drink for a specified time before surgery if you are having the procedure under general anesthesia.

3. Anesthesia:

  • Labiaplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your comfort and the extent of the procedure.

4. Surgical Procedure:

  • Once you are anesthetized, the surgeon will carefully make incisions to remove excess tissue from the labia minora.
  • The surgeon will then reshape and contour the labia to achieve the desired appearance, taking into account your preferences and any medical considerations.

5. Sutures and Dressings:

  • After the reshaping is complete, the surgeon will typically use dissolvable sutures to close the incisions.
  • Sterile dressings may be applied to the surgical area to protect it during the initial stages of healing.

6. Recovery:

  • After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area until you are awake and stable.
  • You will receive post-operative care instructions, which may include:
    • Keeping the surgical site clean and dry.
    • Avoiding strenuous activities and sexual intercourse during the initial recovery period.
    • Taking prescribed pain medications as needed.

7. Follow-Up Appointments:

  • You will schedule follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns.

8. Results:

  • The full results of labiaplasty may not be immediately apparent due to swelling and bruising. It can take several weeks to months for the final results to become visible.

9. Long-Term Care:

  • After labiaplasty, it’s important to maintain good genital hygiene and follow your surgeon’s recommendations for long-term care and maintenance.

10. Risks and Complications:

  • Like any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in sensitivity. Discuss these risks with your surgeon before the operation.

It’s crucial to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty to ensure the best possible results and minimize potential risks. Additionally, have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about your goals and expectations before proceeding with the procedure.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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