There is no perfect shape for the vagina and labia. Therefore the procedure to balance the look or reduce the physical discomfort caused by the structure of the genitalia takes many forms. In the most common method, the extra tissue is removed and sewn up directly. In another method, a pie-shaped piece is removed from the tissue and is sewn up with absorbable sutures. This method maintains the natural look of the tissue’s border. The trim method however has a shorter recovery time and is less likely to cause healing complications.
Your surgeon may perform the procedure using a scalpel or surgical knife. More recently surgeons use laser beam for a more accurate cut. The laser-cut can also reduce bleeding and recovery time.
The scaring in labiaplasty is minimal, regardless of the method used since the incisions are small and hidden in the natural folds of the body.
The procedure typically takes between one to three hours depending on whether it is performed with additional procedures. For better results and more comfort, general anesthesia is the rule for this surgery. However, in some patients, local anesthesia may be chosen depending on your preference and your plastic surgeon’s discretion.
You will be asked to use a feminine pad to keep the area dry for several days after the surgery. You can return to work within a week however the swelling may continue for 4 to 6 weeks. You may reduce swelling and pain by occasionally applying cold compress on the area during the first 24 hours of your recovery. Lying down with your bottom elevated can also help alleviate the symptoms. You should refrain from intercourse and strenuous activities for the first 6-8 weeks after the surgery to allow for complete healing. You can use a doughnut cushion for comfortable prolonged sitting.
Though infrequent like any other surgical procedure complications may include Fluid retention or excessive loss of blood and fluids, infection, reaction to anesthesia medications, pigmentation changes (hypo/hyper), and irregularities of the skin surface.
Aggressive reduction of the tissue may result in chronic dryness of the vaginal opening and cause pain during intercourse.
Price & Cost
Price range: From $4000 depending on the extent of surgery. Our surgeon can give you an exact estimate of the cost after examination & talking with you. The Consult session is free.
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