What is labiaplasty?
The labia minora are the flaps of skin that surround the opening to your vagina. Labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size of the labia.
Women seek labiaplasty for numerous reasons. Longer labia can become twisted and cause painful pinching sensations. This physical discomfort interferes with your ability to perform certain activities, like riding a bike or a horse. Large labia are also visible beneath tight-fitting pants commonly worn in exercise and yoga classes.
The appearance of enlarged labia can also cause feelings of embarrassment that prevent you from wearing certain clothing, like a bathing suit, or having sex. If your labia cause any type of discomfort that negatively affects your quality of life, the compassionate team at Bela Vida Urogynecology can help.
Who is a good candidate for labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty may be right for you if your vaginal tissues are stretched or loose. This can result from many common events in a woman’s life, including:
The size and shape of your labia is also partly due to your unique genetics. Even if you haven’t experienced one of these events, you are still a good candidate for labiaplasty.
The team at Bela Vida Urogynecology carefully evaluates your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to determine whether labiaplasty is right for you.
What should I expect from a labiaplasty procedure?
The details of your labiaplasty procedure depend on your desired outcome. Your surgeon at Bela Vida Urogynecology spends time discussing your concerns and hopes for treatment before developing a personalized surgical plan for you.
Labiaplasty surgery happens while you’re asleep under general anesthesia and takes about one hour to complete. Your skilled surgeon carefully removes the appropriate amount of tissue and recontours your labia according to your personalized surgical plan.
After surgery, you should plan to take a week or two off from work to recover. You can reduce pain and swelling by icing the area with a cold pack. Your Bela Vida Urogynecology provider lets you know when it’s safe to resume having sex and wearing tampons. This usually takes about six weeks.
If you’re considering labiaplasty, call Bela Vida Urogynecology or book an appointment online today.