The labia minora are the inner lips of the vagina and can vary in size, thickness, and length. Women with enlarged labia minora often encounter irritation and discomfort during sexual intercourse. A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces and refines the labia minora, enhancing the appearance of uneven or over-large labia minora, and improving sexual intercourse for many patients.
Reasons for Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is performed both to treat uncomfortable symptoms of enlarged labia minora, and also for cosmetic reasons. Many women seeking vaginal cosmetic surgery or rejuvenation have uneven anatomy, with one normal labia minora and one enlarged one. This condition creates an asymmetrical appearance that can not only look and feel awkward but may even interfere with clitoral stimulation and enjoyment of sex. Many women also seek a cosmetic reduction of their labia minora with labiaplasty, simply for a more feminine and aesthetically pleasing look. Roughly 50 percent of vaginal reduction and rejuvenation procedures are performed for cosmetic reasons, on women who simply want to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Labiaplasty is a relatively complication-free procedure, and virtually all complications can be treated without the need for further surgeries. There are no complications specific to labiaplasties that are not the same small risk of any minor surgery. They are an outpatient procedure usually requiring less than one hour to perform.
For symptomatic patients, labiaplasty can be life-changing. Women who find the reduction of their labia minora necessary, rather than just a beautifying tune-up, suffer from enlarged labia minora that can rub and cause discomfort during sexual intercourse, or even during daily life, chafing against clothing and causing chronic irritation. Surgical reduction of the labia minora does not just improve the visual appeal for symptomatic patients. For women who suffer from this uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing condition, a labiaplasty can revolutionize the way they feel, both physically, and about themselves. Recent advances in medicine have made the procedure simple, with minimal pre- and post-operative care.
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What Are The Risks of a Labiaplasty?
Because they are a small a mainly superficial incision, most labiaplasties are a relatively risk-free surgery, requiring only the basic care and consideration a patient would give any plastic surgery procedure. Patients must keep the area dry to promote healing and avoid sexual contact for a few weeks to avoid infection or irritation. Pain medication and ice-packs help reduce the discomfort and swelling caused by surgery, but most patients experience a rapid recovery and beautiful results. Every woman is unique, and every procedure is different, but every woman can achieve a natural, symmetrical, beautiful look through outpatient labiaplasty by Dr. Cara Downey.
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