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What is the Labiaplasty?
The labiaplasty involves the reduction of the outward appearance of the skin surrounding the vagina – the labia minora and labia majora. The procedure can also correct skin in the labia minora that is asymmetric. A number of risk factors may contribute to labia pathology including childbirth or simply genetics.
Many women mistaken the labiaplasty for the vaginoplasty. Whereas the vaginoplasty focuses on tightening the vagina, the labiaplasty only focuses on the labia majora and labia minora.
Why have a Labiaplasty?
Patients who have excess skin and tissue in the labia minora or majora are good candidates for the labiaplasty. Excision of this excess tissue is carefully planned before and during the operation. In addition, Dr. D’Souza frequently uses liposuction to remove fatty tissue in the area of the Mons Pubis (the area of fat above the vagina) to restore a smooth contour.
What can you expect during the procedure?
The labiaplasty is performed in the outpatient operating room. The incision is hidden and incisions will be discussed in detail with you before starting the procedure. To safely provide you with the best results local anesthesia is used during the procedure. Overall the procedure can take anywhere from 1-2 hours.
What can you expect after the procedure?
The labiaplasty is a major procedure and requires moderate recovery time. We will discuss exercise and lifting restrictions at your pre-operative visit. Most people require approximately 1 week of recovery time before returning to their normal activities.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You are a good candidate for a labiaplasty if:
- You have realistic expectations
- You don’t smoke