When most people think about cosmetic surgery, their first thought is typically of body contouring procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tucks. However, advances in the field of plastic surgery have led to the development of several revolutionary procedures, including labiaplasty. Continue reading for answers to some of the most common questions regarding labiaplasty.
What Is a Labiaplasty?
Also known as labia reduction, a labiaplasty is a procedure designed to better define the inner labia by reducing the size of or reshaping the labia minora.
Who Can Benefit from the Procedure?
A labiaplasty is a great option for women who suffer from pain or discomfort while wearing tightly fitting clothing, playing sports, or engaging in sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty surgery is also beneficial for women whose labia minora have been damaged during childbirth. In some cases, labiaplasty can be performed to increase clitoral exposure and boost sexual function.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Labiaplasty procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and are usually completed in one to two hours. After administering local, twilight, or general anesthesia, the cosmetic surgeon will remove excess tissue from the labia minora and reduce the size of the labia majora using surgical methods or liposuction if necessary.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
It is normal to experience mild swelling and discomfort immediately following a labia reduction. The swelling should disappear within six weeks and can be managed with supportive undergarments. Your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with medications to alleviate any discomfort during the first few days following surgery. Most women can return to work within two to five days after the procedure.
Dr. Joseph Perlman, a plastic surgeon in Houston, has been performing labiaplasty for 15 years and has taught other physicians his techniques. "The surgery itself is relatively simple and recovery is a matter of a few days. The sutures are dissolvable and patients return to their normal activity within 7-10 days."
Whether you’re interested in labiaplasty surgery, liposuction, or facial rejuvenation, the Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre is here to help. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Perlman has been helping patients for over 20 years. Call our Houston office at (281) 394-4167 or visit us online to set up an initial consultation.