Recently, we wrote an article titled “4 Things You Didn’t Know About Vaginal Rejuvenation”, and as a compliment to that, we’re sharing some things you probably didn’t know about Labiaplasty. In short, Labiaplasty is a 1-2 hour procedure designed to sculpt and contour the labia majora and/or labia minora. The procedure reshapes and/or reduces the size and shape of long and/or uneven labia that is often a result of childbirth, the aging process, gravity itself or even just the way some of us were born. So, here are some of the things you may not have known:
It’s not only about “keeping up appearances”. While Labiaplasty specifically targets and improves the aesthetic appearance of the external female genitalia, it provides physical relief for many women. Elongated labia can sometimes interfere with exercise and intercourse and causes embarrassment for some women when they wear certain clothing such as bathing suits, leggings, and jeans. These more form-fitted clothing items often call attention to any bulge.
It can give you a confidence boost. Along with alleviating irritation and pain associated with chafing in clothing, most women look and feel more youthful which helps them regain the sexual and physical confidence they might have lost due to elongated labia.
The recovery is pretty quick. Unlike many other surgical procedures, Labiaplasty patients can assume regular activities, including returning to work, typically by 72 hours following the procedure. With that in mind, patients should avoid rigorous physical activity, baths, hot tubs, and swimming and should remain on pelvic rest (no tampons or intercourse) for 6 weeks after having Labiaplasty. Here’s one extra little recovery process perk: you can (and must) rock those comfy cotton “granny panties”!
Pain-wise, it’s not nearly as bad as you might think. We get it. When many women think of any sort of trauma or cutting to our ladybits, they cringe, but it might surprise you to learn that the pain following Labiaplasty is actually pretty minimal. In fact, there is limited pain the first 18-24 hours following the procedure and then mild to moderate discomfort and swelling for a few days. This can easily be controlled ice packs and analgesics if need be.
Any woman considering Labiaplasty should only consult with a trained cosmetic gynecologist specialist such as Dr. Wesley Brady. She has performed over a thousand Labiaplasty surgeries since she became the first cosmetic vaginal surgery specialist in Dallas in 2006. If you have been considering Labiaplasty, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation today!