Labiaplasty is an invasive surgical procedure that shapes the labia by removing excess tissue. Though it has been around for many years, an increase in the popularity of pubic waxing and hair removal has coincided with the increased requests to have this surgery.
Labiaplasty vs Vaginoplasty
First things first, it’s worth mentioning the differences between labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. In labiaplasty, the surgeon’s goal is removing excess skin on the “lips” that surround the vagina. The surgery can focus on the inner or outer portion of the lips, but it’s worth noting that labiaplasty doesn’t actually “tighten” the vaginal wall. This procedure is strictly cosmetic and can help anyone who is looking to improve the appearance of their labia. If tightening the inner muscles is what you desire, you should consider vaginoplasty. Many women, especially those who have had children, might find both procedures (called “vaginal rejuvenation”) to be very beneficial.
When you should consider labiaplasty
True indicators for ideal candidates can be found in the size of the labia minora (the inner lips). There are some women who find that the swelling or size hinders their ability to wear tampons and also brings about chafing that causes discomfort. Other candidates might find the lengths of their labia walls vastly different and may desire a cosmetic change to even them out. While these issues can sometimes be hereditary, some women might find they experience these issues after childbirth. Any functional abnormalities that interfere with normal activities are easily rectifiable through this procedure.
The road to recovery is a tough one
Like any surgery performed, there is a healing process. Most surgeons use dissolvable sutures, however, the utmost care is required to make sure things don’t get infected. With labiaplasty, you’re looking at one to two weeks of Epsom salt soaks 3 times a day. Any excess moisture can impact the healing process. After soaking, you’ll need to keep the area completely dry to protect it from any chances of infection. Some doctors might also recommend wearing tighter than normal underwear to prevent uncomfortable rubbing and chafing.
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Here at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we are highly experienced in labiaplasty and believe the best way to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results is to combine technical skill with meticulous attention to detail. Curious if labiaplasty might be for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Marvel to discuss your options and learn more. Simply call 615-329-3900 or click here to contact us today!