Everything You Need to Know About Labiaplasty

By  //  August 17, 2020

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Sexual organs have always been a point of self-consciousness and concern for people. In recent times, the proliferation of adult media has made people even more conscious of irregularities that they may have in the appearance of their sexual organs.

Sexual organs have always been a point of self-consciousness and concern for people. In recent times, the proliferation of adult media has made people even more conscious of irregularities that they may have in the appearance of their sexual organs. 

Vaginal rejuvenation procedures aren’t new or uncommon. Women have used them for years as a way to make themselves more desirable or relieve discomfort that arises as a result of irregularities.

Of all the vaginal procedures, labiaplasty is the most popular. About 10,000 labiaplasty procedures are carried out in the US every year.

The goal of the procedure is typically to modify the labia minora and majora, also known as the inner and outer vagina lips, respectively. Labia usually come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and lengths. 

There are several reasons why women may want a labiaplasty.

Some of the most popular reasons include:

To look more desirable

Pain during physical activity like horse-riding

Difficulty with enjoying sexual pleasure

Irritation in the labia

Itching in the labia

Labia distortion due to aging or childbirth 

What’s the procedure like?

As a surgical procedure, labiaplasty is typically done under anesthesia. There are several methods the operating physician can choose to use depending on whether they’re working on the labia minora or the labia majora.

On the labia minora, there are two standard procedures: edge resection and wedge resection. Edge resection usually involves the trimming of the protruding edges of the labia. On the other hand, wedge resection keeps the original labial edges, and cuts out wedge-shaped bits of skin from the center of the labia before joining the skin with dissolvable sutures.

For the majora, there are also two popular procedures. The first involves using liposuction to reduce the labia that’s longer or fuller than desired. In contrast, the second uses fat or some other material to fill the labia that isn’t as full as desired.

Are there any risks for labiaplasty?

Like any other surgical procedure, there are risk factors for labiaplasty. First off, if you have any underlying health issues, your doctor should be aware of them. Doctors are also hesitant to attend to patients that have problems like body dysmorphia, as they are likely to focus on imperfections even after the surgery.

Although the risks for the procedure are minimal, it’s essential for anyone signing up for it to be aware. Some of the potential risks include: 

Numbness

Reduced vulvar sensitivity

Prolonged dryness

Painful vaginal sex due to scarring

Increased risk for vaginal infection

These risks are exponentially increased when a patient doesn’t get their procedure done by a trustworthy, certified hospital.

What’s recovering from a labiaplasty procedure like?

Labiaplasty is regarded as a minor surgical procedure, so recovering patients are allowed to recuperate as outpatients, i.e., at home. You may be required to stay off work for up to a week to heal from the procedure. 

The labia will be quite sore and swollen in the weeks after the surgery, and you’ll have to lay with your bottom elevated to reduce the swelling.

The doctor is also likely to recommend antibiotics to deal with the risk of infection and anti-inflammatories to reduce the pain.

Other tips for dealing with the aftermath of labiaplasty are:

Wearing loose clothing to reduce friction

Avoiding vigorous exercise in the following days/weeks

Avoiding tampon use and sex for at least four weeks

Taking sitz baths to relieve the soreness

What are the alternatives?

Going under the knife might be a terrifying option for some people. Due to previous experiences or trauma, people may decide to avoid surgery altogether. Other non-invasive procedures for people with labia issues include:

O-Shot: Although it’s still experimental treatment and has little peer-reviewed research on it, O-shot promises a lot for people struggling with orgasms and sexual pleasure because of their labia. The procedure includes taking blood containing platelets from a part of the body and injecting it into the clitoris. The recovery period is much shorter at 4 to 6 days. You should, however, do more study and consult your physician before opting for it.

Radiofrequency labiaplasty: Radiofrequency technology has already been used by medical practitioners to tighten the skin and treat wrinkles on the body. They work by heating the body to activate the body’s natural rejuvenation process. Labiaplasty treatments typically require multiple 30-minute sessions spaced at least a month apart. The sessions are non-invasive and don’t require anesthesia. The patients can usually resume regular activities as soon as they leave the clinic. Although it’s quite effective at helping with labia laxity, it may not do much for patients with significant sagging.   

Laser labiaplasty: Unlike radiofrequency labiaplasty, this proves slightly invasive. However, it doesn’t leave any scars and is less painful than the surgical procedure. It requires multiple sessions before the results are evident, with each session lasting less than an hour. Patients will have to wait for a week for the skin to heal before engaging in regular sexual activities. Like radiofrequency labiaplasty, it may not be sufficient for certain patients. 

Conclusion

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable. Labia problems can often be challenging to deal with.

Thankfully, with the range of options available in modern medicine, we can always do something about body issues we’re uncomfortable with. 

Note that the information in this article isn’t and shouldn’t be taken as medical advice. You should always consult your physician before deciding to undergo any procedure. They are best placed to advise you on what to do. Sometimes, therapy is all the patient needs to become more confident and comfortable in their body.

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