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Everything You Need To Know About A Labiaplasty

Here’s your comprehensive guide to labiaplasty, one of the most popular vaginal rejuvenation procedures.

What is a labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure performed to modify the labia minora (inner lips), and/or the labia majora (outer lips) of the vulva. In the past few years, labiaplasty procedures have become increasingly popular. In fact, according to the 2016 statistics report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there was a 39% increase in the number of labiaplasties performed that year. Another report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that around 10,000 labiaplasty procedures are performed each year.

Why is it done?

There are a host of reasons why women choose to go for a labiaplasty. Labia come in all shapes and sizes. However, if a person is dissatisfied with their appearance, they can go for a labiaplasty. If a person's labia are especially elongated, the excess tissue can cause discomfort or get in the way of normal function. Enlarged labia can cause difficulty with exercise, hygiene, urinary tract infections, sexual activity and other physical activity. In that case, a labiaplasty is a very good option to consider.

How is a labiaplasty performed?

During the procedure, a surgeon trims the excess tissue to allow the lips of the labia minora to sit tucked neatly within the labia majora. The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthesia.There are two main types of procedures to address the labia minora:

  • Edge resection: This is the traditional and more natural technique to perform a labiaplasty. In this procedure, the excess skin or the protruding edges of labia minora are trimmed so that it is symmetrical with the labia majora.
  • Wedge resection: In this procedure, a partial thickness wedge is removed from the thickest part of the labia minora. Since this procedure maintains the original labial edges, the results are more natural.

Here are the two most common procedures to address the labia majora:

  • To address the labia majora, your surgeon cuts out the excess tissue. If the labia majora is fuller than desired, you can also go for liposuction.
  • Injecting fat or other filler materials is an excellent way to plump labia that aren’t as full as desired.

Does it involve any downtime?

Since labiaplasty is a surgical procedure, you will need time to heal. It is advisable that you take at least two weeks off work to recover. Here are some of the things you should keep in mind while recovering from a labiaplasty:

  • Wear loose clothing to avoid friction and excessive pain.
  • Take salt baths to relieve soreness.
  • Keep the area clean to prevent infections.
  • Avoid exercise and rigorous activities for six to twelve weeks.
  • Abstain from tampon use and sex for at least four to six weeks.

Are there any side effects associated with labiaplasty?

While labiaplasty is a safe procedure, you may experience a few side effects like:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring of tissue
  • Reduced sensitivity of the genitals
  • Swelling
  • Pain

These side effects are temporary and will fade away as you heal. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to reduce pain and inflammation after the procedure. Most of the swelling will be gone in six weeks. However, residual swelling can take up to six months to fade.

How to choose a surgeon for the procedure?

Here are a few things you should keep in mind while looking for a surgeon to perform a labiaplasty:

  • We recommend that you book an appointment with the surgeon before the procedure.
  • In-depth research about the surgeon’s qualifications and experience
  • Communicate your needs and expectations clearly
  • Talk about the follow-up check-ups

Where to get a labiaplasty?

If you are considering a labiaplasty, you should visit Biolite. Our team of experts will evaluate your medical history and expectations to ensure that you receive a treatment specifically tailored to your individual needs. Book a consultation now to get in-depth information about the procedure. You can speak to us on +971 4 346 6641, email on info@biolitedubai.com, or schedule an appointment here.

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