To get or not to get labiaplasty. It's a big decision, particularly regarding such a sensitive area. You may find yourself hesitating because you're not exactly sure what's involved with this surgery. How invasive is it? How much exactly is getting cut? How long does it take to recover? How much will it hurt while you're healing? And how much does it cost between anesthesia and hospital fees?
New Jersey plastic surgeon Alexis Parcells digs into these questions so you can confidently make your decision and understand that labiaplasty isn't really that complicated.
In order to know what you might be getting into, it's first important to define the labia. The word “labia” is Latin for “lips”, which is appropriate in that this refers to the folds of skin around your vaginal opening. Specifically speaking, there are two kinds of labia - the outer, which are usually thicker and covered with hair, and the inner, which are the folds inside the outer labia.
However, labia come in all shapes and sizes. Some are smooth, while others are wrinkled. Some are long while others are short. And some inner labia protrude out of the outer labia - which is where labiaplasty comes in.
Many women find that having a larger inner labia can make them feel unconfident with how they look in the pubic area overall, or they might even be experiencing discomfort from the distended labia. As with other cases when someone is unhappy with their appearance, plastic surgery is often pursued as a solution. A labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that creates cosmetic changes specifically for the vaginal area.
Labiaplasty surgery does not change the function of your labia or your vaginal area in any way. Just like a facelift doesn't alter the function of your nose or eyes. A labiaplasty is designed only to reduce the size of your inner labia. Because of this, the surgery is minimally invasive. In essence, this procedure is only skin-deep - literally! Only the part of your inner labia that protrude will be cut out. Nothing else will be altered, and no function will change. The amount that is cut out depends on how much is protruding and what kind of results you're looking for - something you'll discuss with the doctor before any treatment proceeds.
Two basic methods are used. The first is the Trim method, which does exactly what it sounds like and trims out the excess skin and tissue. The second is the Wedge method, in which the area is reshaped and excessive tissue is removed. And that's about it!
Since there's no need for any intensive operation, the procedure can actually be done right here in the office. That's right - you don't need to go to a hospital. Not only do you get to avoid hospital fees, but you can also have the operation done by a doctor and a board-certified plastic surgeon that you already know and trust. Even better, the actual procedure only takes around an hour. Local numbing agents can be used directly on the vaginal area, or you can also discuss general anesthesia to find out what option you might prefer. Again, because this is cosmetic surgery, designed only to change the look of your inner labia, your approval is needed before any changes are made. This leaves you in control of your body.
So by now, you might be wondering how long it takes to recover from labiaplasty. The truth is, this part of your body is quite sensitive, so there will be swelling after the surgery that can take up to six weeks to subside. However, you'll be able to return to your regular activities within a few weeks. You'll just need to follow the doctor's instructions to make sure that you heal correctly.
Yes, you will likely be sore after the surgery, which is quite normal, particularly given how delicate these labia tissues are. But the doctor can prescribe medication to ease that discomfort. Even better, you'll have a legitimate reason to lounge around and relax while you heal. I'd say that calls for cookies!
In all seriousness, labiaplasty is a straightforward procedure designed to cut out some excess skin to create an improved look in your vaginal area. You can get it done in-office without the hassle of going to the hospital, which makes the entire process easier to start and finish as you'll be with experts you know who care about making you feel your best.
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