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What is a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a procedure done to reshape the labia of the vagina. Many women experience that their vaginal structures have stretched due to weight loss, aging, childbirth, or injury to genital structures. This labia laxity can cause discomfort and self-consciousness which can affect patient’s sense of well-being.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Women who are experiencing soreness or pain with sexual activity or exercise or have noticed that their vaginal structures have stretched over time can often benefit from this procedure. This procedure can also help to create more aesthetically pleasing labia for an overall boost in confidence. A consultation with Dr. Howland is needed to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
What to Expect
The most common technique used today is laser vaginal rejuvenation. A precise laser is used to excise excess labial skin with less bleeding than a scalpel. Incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures
Following surgery, bruising and swelling may occur, and any discomfort can be controlled with medication. It is recommended that patients rest in bed the day of surgery. Many individuals can return to work within a week, depending on the type of job. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for one month. It is important to follow the post-op instructions given to you by Dr. Howland to ensure a safe and quick recovery.
Results from labiaplasty are meant to be permanent, though major weight gain or pregnancy may alter outcomes.
If you are interested in labiaplasty in the Salt Lake City of Draper, UT areas, contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Howland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is labiaplasty performed?
Labiaplasty can improve symptoms like discomfort, poor hygiene, or emotional distress that comes with having long or large labia. Some women also have labiaplasty after childbirth because of tearing.
What is the labiaplasty recovery like?
Labiaplasty requires 1-2 weeks of dedicated downtime. Youll be given detailed aftercare instructions including washing, using the bathroom, and abstaining from intercourse.
What causes a woman to have enlarged labia?
Some women simply have large labia because of genetics. Theres nothing inherently wrong with having large labia, but some women experience uncomfortable symptoms because of them.
How painful is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is performed using an anesthetic and thus you shouldnt feel anything during your procedure. Its normal to have some soreness afterward, but it can be managed with medications.
What are the benefits of labiaplasty?
The benefits of labiaplasty include reduced friction and dryness, improved hygiene, and increased confidence in intimate situations.
Who is a candidate for labiaplasty?
Women who are dissatisfied with the size, shape, or appearance of their labia can benefit from labiaplasty. You should be in overall good health and able to spend time recovering, too.
How long does labiaplasty take?
Labiaplasty is a relatively short procedure and can be performed in under an hour.
How long are you swollen after labiaplasty surgery?
It can take six weeks for most swelling to go away after labiaplasty. Some residual swelling can last for 4-6 months, however.
When can I shave after labiaplasty?
You should avoid shaving, plucking, waxing, epilating, or using hair-removing products for at least one month after labiaplasty. Dr. Howland can give you the best estimate of when you can shave after your recovery.
When do labiaplasty stitches come out?
Labiaplasty is typically performed using dissolvable sutures, which go away within 3-4 weeks.
How long after labiaplasty can I sit?
You can sit down normally after labiaplasty but should avoid putting pressure on the area. This includes activities like riding a bicycle.
How common are labiaplasty complications?
Labiaplasty complications are very rare. To get best results, make sure to follow your aftercare instructions as closely as possible and contact Dr. Howland with any questions.