Labiaplasty Surgery Procedure

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves altering the size, shape, or appearance of the labia minora (inner folds of the vulva) or labia majora (outer folds). It is typically performed by a plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in genital plastic and reconstructive surgery. Below is an overview of the labiaplasty surgery procedure:

1. Consultation:

  • The process begins with a consultation with your surgeon. During this consultation, you will discuss your reasons for wanting labiaplasty, your expectations, and your medical history.
  • Your surgeon will evaluate your anatomy, assess your concerns, and help you determine the best approach for your unique needs and goals.
  • You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and discuss any potential risks or complications.

2. Pre-operative Preparation:

  • Before the surgery, your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to prepare for the procedure. These instructions may include dietary restrictions, discontinuing certain medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding, and quitting smoking if you’re a smoker.
  • You may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period before the surgery.

3. Anesthesia:

  • Labiaplasty can be performed using different types of anesthesia:
    • Local Anesthesia: You may receive a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
    • Local Anesthesia with Sedation: Some surgeons use local anesthesia combined with intravenous (IV) sedation to keep you relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
    • General Anesthesia: In some cases, especially if additional procedures are being performed alongside labiaplasty, general anesthesia may be used, and you will be asleep throughout the surgery.

4. Surgical Procedure:

  • The specifics of the surgical procedure can vary depending on the surgeon’s technique and the patient’s individual needs. However, a typical labiaplasty procedure involves the following steps:
    • Incisions: The surgeon makes precise incisions along the labia minora to access the tissue.
    • Tissue Removal and Reshaping: Excess tissue is removed, and the labia minora are reshaped to achieve the desired size and appearance.
    • Closure: The incisions are closed with sutures, which may be dissolvable or require removal after a specified period.

5. Post-operative Care:

  • After the surgery, you will be moved to a recovery area where you will be monitored until you are stable.
  • You will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses.
  • You will receive detailed post-operative care instructions, including guidelines for rest, hygiene, and follow-up appointments.
  • It’s important to avoid strenuous activities, sexual intercourse, and tampon use for a period specified by your surgeon to facilitate proper healing.

6. Follow-up Visits:

  • You will have scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or questions.

7. Results:

  • It may take several weeks to months for the swelling to completely subside, and for you to see the final results of the labiaplasty.
  • Scarring is usually minimal and fades over time.

It’s crucial to select a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Additionally, make sure you have realistic expectations and communicate your goals clearly with your surgeon during the consultation process.

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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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