Some women are born with labia that are not shaped correctly. This is more common than you think. This can become a source of embarrassment or can project so much that it is difficult to maintain good hygiene in this area.
As we age, the labia (vaginal lips) can lose fat. This may make them look less youthful too. Call Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at 405-340-9949 to discuss your options for vaginal rejuvenation in a private consultation with Dr. Jayesh Panchal.
Am I a Candidate for Labiaplasty?
There are two lips to the vaginal area. The outer ones, labia majora, can lose fat and look aged. The inner lips or labia minora can become stretched and can extend well beyond the labia majora. They need to be trimmed to make them look normal and not be source of bad hygiene.
Plan for Your Surgery & Consultation
During the initial consultation, Dr. Panchal will examine the area and find out what you wish to be altered. There is no need to perform an internal examination during the consultation. The consultation is performed in the presence of a nurse with least discomfort, so that you do not feel embarrassed.
Where Will the Surgery Be Performed?
The surgery can be performed in the Genesis Plastic Surgery office or in a surgical center.
Types of Anesthesia
The surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with oral Xanax and oral pain medications. Alternatively it can be performed under general anesthesia at a surgery center as an outpatient procedure.
The surgery can involve two steps depending on your request for alteration.
If you have the inner lips or labia minora that stretch beyond the outer lips, then these can be trimmed by taking out the excess tissue. The incisions are placed on the inner side of the lips and cannot be seen and the external appearance of the labia is still normal. The incisions are closed with a dissolving suture so that the sutures need not be removed.
The surgery lasts one to two hours depending on the extent of procedure.
If you wish to have some rejuvenation of the outer lips, you can have ThermiVa, a nonsurgical rejuvenation of the vaginal canal and of the labia majora, the outer lips.
All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk
Labiaplasty has minimal risks. There may some residual asymmetry. Rarely, the incisions can remain tender for longer periods. There will be some bruising and swelling that may last longer than expected.
Getting Back to Normal
The swelling subsides soon following the surgery. There may be some tenderness in this area. Intimate relationships can be started few weeks after surgery once the incision has healed.