Changes to the body due to aging are not confined to the face. You may also notice changes in your genital area that cause physical discomfort and embarrassment. The vaginal lips, known as the labia, can begin to stretch and extend beyond the opening of the vagina, making some activities that you once enjoyed more challenging, and in some cases uncomfortable or painful.
Who is a Candidate for Labiaplasty?
You may decide Labiaplasty is the right choice for you if you have any of the following concerns:
Vaginal lips that protrude beyond the vaginal opening
Pain during intercourse or other activities
Labia are visible when wearing a bathing suit or workout clothing
Inability to perform some activities due to discomfort
Skin irritation or frequent infections in the vaginal area
Initially, there was a single procedure for labiaplasty, and it was very popular as well. With the change of time and advancement in techniques, several techniques have evolved. Some of them are as follows:
During this procedure, excess skin is removed from the edge of the labia minora to create a smoother contour. This procedure may be good for women with less protrusion, due to its easier recovery, however the outcome is not always as aesthetically pleasing.
This excision method tends to be the most popular with labiaplasty patients, because it produces the most natural result. A triangular piece of tissue is removed from the inner labia, known as the labia minora, and may also include removal of a portion of the outer labia or labia majora. This technique is particularly beneficial for women with a significant amount of protrusion.
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In general, there is a quick recovery after labiaplasty, although downtime may vary from patient to patient. There may be slight discomfort, as well as initial swelling in the genital region after the surgery. The use of cold compresses can help to reduce swelling and a prescription for pain medication will be provided to reduce any further discomfort.
Patients can normally resume daily activities after about one week of downtime; however, more physical activities, including sex, will need to be avoided for a longer period of time; commonly 6-8 weeks for swelling to subside and before resuming sexual activities. During the post-operative appointments, Dr. Peña can go into further detail about the length of downtime your particular case will require.
Results | What To Expect
Once healed, women will notice a considerable difference in the appearance of their vagina, seeing an improvement in symmetry, neatness, and proportion. Women may experience increased sensitivity of this region. Oftentimes, this procedure provides women with a new-found confidence and better functionality of the vagina.
As stated above, this procedure only treats excess skin, not troublesome fat that has accumulated in this region. For fully comprehensive results, additional procedure(s) may be necessary to provide the desired results like liposuction.
*Results May Vary
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