What is Labiaplasty?Posted on May 30, 2016
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure carried out on the external female genital area, or the labia. The common forms of labiaplasty will include labia majora reduction, labia minora reduction, or both. Labia majora refers to the pair of outer vaginal lips, while labia minora refers to the inner lips.
Labiaplasty may sometimes involve increasing the size of the labial tissue, removing bulges and folds, or modifying pigmentation. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides labiaplasty and other procedures to patients in Houston, Katy, Texas, and surrounding locations.
Why Choose Labiaplasty?
Women who are unhappy with the appearance of the vulvo-vaginal area may choose labiaplasty plastic surgery procedure. Some women feel uncomfortable when wearing swimwear or tight clothes because the outline of the labia may reflect through the clothing. Enlarged labia may also make a woman self-conscious during sexual activity.
Women may find it difficult to maintain personal hygiene due to enlarged labia. It can cause irritability or discomfort, and labial reduction procedure can address the problem. Some women may also feel discomfort while performing certain activities such as long walks, jogging, cycling, horse riding, exercise, and sexual intercourse.
Patients in Houston, Katy, Texas, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive labiaplasty and various other procedures from dedicated female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak.
Labiaplasty procedure will begin with the surgeon applying a local anesthetic to the affected areas. The local anesthetic is usually administered by injection, which will cause mild pain as the needle penetrates. But the administration will be over quickly. Once the numbness has completely set in, the surgeon will begin the actual surgery.
The surgery may involve the use of traditional tools or laser technique in order to remove the excess labial tissue. Colored markings will be placed in the tissue area in order to perform the excision precisely. The wounds will be stitched up once the surgery is completed. The surgical area will be cleaned up and sterile drapes removed. At this point, the patient will be able to see the results.
Immediate Post-Operative Phase
Immediately after the labiaplasty, the patient can return to a private room to get dressed. Post-op care instructions and advice will be given at this time by the medical staff. The patient will not be allowed to drive back home on her own, so she should have someone to assist with this task. Within a few hours of the surgery, as the effect of the anesthetic wears off, mild soreness and pain will be felt in the incision areas.
Complete recovery from labiaplasty can take a few months. The length of recovery can vary between patients, depending on the extent of correction performed and how diligently the patient follows post-op care instructions.
For about six weeks from the date of surgery, the patient will have to avoid vigorous activities such as cycling, horse riding, biking, swimming in the lake or ocean, and sexual intercourse. Aggressive activity at the workplace should also be avoided for about one month.
For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston and Katy, Texas.