Labiaplasty refers to the removal of excess skin of the inner lips (labia minora) of the vagina. In some cases, this skin can involve the clitoral hood as well. Many reasons can explain this situation: congenital (born this way) or post vaginal delivery. Asymmetry of the labia minora is also very common. This problem can lead to discomfort during intercourse and can be bothersome in daily life such as physical activities like biking and running. The goal of labiaplasty is to restore the labia minora to a proportional size for both functional and aesthetic reasons.
Labiaplasty is a very common and simple procedure that can be done under local anesthetic. Dr. Perry’s preferred technique is called a modified wedge excision, which preserves the nerve sensation to this intimate area. Patients are given a cream to numb the area and then a local anesthetic is injected to freeze the whole area. The procedure lasts approximately 45minutes.
Post labiaplasty: what to expect…
Sutures are dissolving after 2 to 3 weeks and patients can immediately urinate and shower following the surgery, however a bath is prohibited. The recovery is approximately 1 week during which time a pain medication can be taken to relieve post-operative pain. Post-surgical expectations should include some swelling and possible mild bleeding that should taper off with rest and application of cold packs to the area. Most patients describe the pain as burning in nature. Final healing is expected by 1 month and patients can resume normal activity as well as intercourse at that time.
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