What Is a Labiaplasty?
Childbirth, aging, and genetics can affect a woman’s labia and may lead to a few medical and physical conditions. While all labia are unique in terms of size and shape, the presence of excess skin can cause discomfort or get in the way of normal function.
The labiaplasty procedure will involve removal of tissue from the labia minora and/or clitoral hood to bring down thickness, reduce length, address discoloration, or improve symmetry.
Am I a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty can be the right choice for anyone who is uncomfortable with the appearance of their labia or experiences discomfort as a result of their labia. If you’re having a hard time performing certain physical exercises or engaging in sexual intimacy, or if you’re self-conscious when wearing tight clothing, this procedure might be for you.
Being in general good health is also very important if you’re getting a labiaplasty.
Your Labiaplasty Consultation
Coming in for an initial consultation is a crucial part of the labiaplasty procedure. This is where you’ll discuss the reasons why you want to have the surgery, as well as your expectations and goals. Your doctor will also explain the details of the procedure, such as where incisions will be made. Possible complications will be tackled as well.
As part of your pre-operative preparation, you’ll be instructed about when to stop food and drink, what to wear to your procedure, and whether you need to adjust or temporarily stop any medications.
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Labiaplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgery will be conducted through either of these methods:
- Edge Resection – A technique used to get rid of the excess tissue on the edges of the labia minora that protrude from the labia majora.
- Wedge Resection – A technique in which a wedge-shaped section is removed and then the remaining tissue is rejoined using dissolvable sutures. This option preserves the appearance of the outer edges of the labia.
The Recovery Process
The recovery period following a labiaplasty is often swift and uncomplicated. There is only minimal pain and discomfort after the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection and pain relievers to reduce pain.
You’ll most likely be able to go back to work and daily activities within a week. However, sexual intercourse must be avoided for at least six weeks.
How Much Does a Labiaplasty Cost?
Labiaplasty costs are usually not covered by health insurance. You can get the full price details from your surgeon during your consultation.
Set Up Your Consultation
Contact us and set up an appointment today to learn more about labiaplasty in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Jenna Bourgeois and Dr. Andrew Freel are board-certified plastic surgeons with years of experience and will be available to answer your questions.