Labiaplasty in plain terms is a surgical procedure designed to correct and eliminate the discomfort and unsightliness of an enlarged or irregular labia. This is a very simple procedure, often done under local anesthesia in a doctors office, and the patient satisfaction rate according to Real Self is a whopping 96%. Interestingly, however, even though many women suffer from an enlarged labia, it is seldom spoken about. For example, women in general seem to be more comfortable speaking about their breasts rather than labia. As such, information regarding labiaplasty is less readily available.
What Is Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that excises skin from the labia (the lips around the vagina). It can be performed on the labia majora, the larger lips, or the labia minora, the smaller lips.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Labiaplasty
Anyone with an enlarged labia is a good candidate for labiaplasty. Many women are born with an enlarged or irregular labia. In other instances, childbirth and aging can cause an enlarged or irregular labia. An enlarged labia can cause discomfort, especially in leggings, yoga pants, or while performing physical activities. The objective of labiaplasty is to improve the appearance of the genital area while reducing the discomfort that an enlarged labia produces.
How Is The Procedure Peformed?
May board certified plastic surgeons perform labiplasty under local anesthetic or sedation. It is a fairly simple procedure where the surgeon excises excess skin either from the labia major or the labia minora. Sutures are then added.
What is the Recovery Process for Labiaplasty?
The recovery process from labiaplasty is fairly straight forward. Their will be some discomfort in the vaginal region for a few days. Typically sutures come out 4 to 5 days after surgery. A patient can return to work 2 to 4 days after the procedure. However, it is reccomneded that labiaplasty patients abstain from exercise for 4 to 6 weeks; and it is further reccommended that patients abstain from sexual activity for 6 to 8 weeks.
How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost?
Typically labiplasty costs anywhere between $4,000 to $6,000.