The labia minora are the folds of skin that surround the opening of the vagina and can be a source of discomfort and embarrassment for many women.
Labiaplasty is a procedure that reduces and reshapes the labia minora in an effort to provide women with more comfort and confidence. If you would like to find out more about this procedure, keep reading.
What you need to know about labiaplasty
What is labiaplasty?
This outpatient procedure sculpts the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina. An elongated labia minora can interfere with exercise and intercourse but labiaplasty reduces these effects.
Am I an ideal candidate for labiaplasty?
If you’re generally unhappy with the shape and size of your vaginal lips or your labia, this could be the right procedure for you. An enlarged or asymmetric labia can be present from birth or it could develop after pregnancy or with age.
You are an ideal candidate if:
- You have a protruding or asymmetrical labia
- You have a thickened labia
- You would like to have your labia or vaginal lips reshaped
An elongated or asymmetrical labia will generally cause pain and irritation, especially when wearing jeans or working out. It can also interfere with intercourse, urination and even tampon placement. If you agree with any of the above statements or you have a slight bulge when you wear certain clothing, labiaplasty is right for you.
What can I expect during surgery?
Labiaplasty is different for every patient as it depends on their unique requirements. Overall though, it’s a very low-risk surgery and has a quick recovery.
The average labiaplasty won’t take longer than 2 hours and the surgery can be performed at a top cosmetic medicine practice such as Verve, giving you the privacy and comfort you need during a surgery of this nature.
Are there any risks associated with labiaplasty?
Some of the rare complications that can occur include nerve injury, infection, bleeding and scarring.
What can I expect during recovery?
Patients should spend the first few days relaxing while applying an ice pack or cold compress to the area to reduce swelling. Some bruising, swelling and mild discomfort can be expected for the first two weeks, which is why it’s important to not engage in any activities that will cause irritation or apply pressure to the area. Patients can drive provided they aren’t taking any pain medications and can return to work after 2 – 3 days.
When can I have sex again and what will it feel like?
It’s advisable to refrain from masturbation and sex for at least 6 weeks after your surgery to avoid any infection. An increase in confidence will definitely improve your sex life and your ability to achieve clitoral or stimulation orgasms should not be diminished, provided the surgery has been performed by at a top cosmetic medicine practice such as Verve.
Will my insurance cover labiaplasty?
Unfortunately, labiaplasty is an elective procedure, which means that your insurance won’t cover it.
If you have any further concerns or questions about this innovative procedure, speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon.