Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora in patients who are unhappy with the size or shape of their labia. A labiaplasty is one of the most commonly sought-after rejuvenation procedures and can relieve symptoms of discomfort that patients may experience during daily activities such as intercourse or various Trusted Source What is a Labiaplasty? American Society of Plastic Surgeons Go to Source exercises.
Houston-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Rukmini Rednam, has helped many patients find relief from discomfort by reducing the labia minora, so it does not hang below the outer labia majora. Over the past few years, this delicate and personal surgery has become less invasive, and advances in surgical techniques have made it possible to achieve much more satisfactory results.
Is a Labiaplasty Right For Me?
Making the decision to have a labiaplasty is a personal one that should be discussed between you and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Rednam. This procedure may be performed to reduce asymmetry, if one of the labia minora is longer than the other, but is most commonly sought to reduce the length of both. Additionally, some women seek labiaplasty due to feelings of self-consciousness, or physical symptoms like itching and Trusted Source What is a Labiaplasty? American Society of Plastic Surgeons Go to Source irritation. Patients may also seek labiaplasty if they have recently experienced significant weight-loss and have loose or excess skin.
If you’re experiencing any kind of discomfort or unhappiness with the length of your labia minora, then this procedure may be the right solution. We encourage all of our patients to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rednam to discuss their options and hear her professional recommendations, in order to achieve your cosmetic body goals.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
As each patient is unique, the labiaplasty procedure may require you to undergo either local anesthesia with oral/IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Rednam is skilled in two popular techniques commonly used in this surgery: the trim procedure and the wedge procedure.
The Trim Technique
During the trim procedure, Dr. Rednam removes the extra low-hanging tissue and sews the incision directly along the border of the labia with absorbable sutures.
The Wedge Technique
During the wedge procedure, Dr. Rednam can maintain a more natural tissue border, by only removing a pie-shaped piece of tissue. This technique also allows for the removal of extra clitoral hood tissue. After performing the wedge technique, Dr. Rednam will then close the incision with absorbable sutures. It’s important to note that while the wedge procedure can offer a more natural-looking result, the rate of recovery problems (such as chronic dryness, scarring, and pain with intercourse) after surgery is slightly higher.
Every patients’ needs and desires are different, which is why it is important to consult with Dr. Rednam about which technique is right for you.
Labiaplasty Results & Recovery
Labiaplasty often results in labia that are visibly shorter and that no longer hang below the labia majora. Patients who have struggled with symptoms related to tugging or twisting of their labia minora prior to the procedure typically feel relief right after.
Most patients recovering from a labiaplasty take just one week off from work, which helps them facilitate their recovery process. Pain and swelling can be reduced with ice, and lying with your hips and bottom elevated. Recovering patients can resume wearing tampons and participating in intercourse four to six weeks after surgery. The exact recovery time depends on the type of procedure received, as trim labiaplasty often allows for a shorter recovery time. Most swelling is reduced or gone by six weeks, though residual swelling can take six months to fully disappear.
Schedule a Labiaplasty Consultation with Dr. Rednam
The best way to determine if any surgical procedure is right for you is to meet with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Rednam. She and her team are committed to making patients feel comfortable and confident in their decision to undergo a cosmetic surgical procedure, like labiaplasty. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about your vaginal rejuvenation options.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons: What is a Labiaplasty? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/vaginal-rejuvenation/labiaplasty. Accessed December 2, 2020.
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