A lot of women don’t realize that cosmetic surgery can alter the appearance of the labia to their ideals. Patients are far more familiar with breast augmentations, liposuction, and tummy tucks.However, labiaplasty procedures have been successfully performed since the 1970s and are becoming more and more popular. Years of practice and advancements now enable surgeons to offer their patients elegant rejuvenation. Dr. Saira Saini is an expert plastic surgeon with a significant amount of experience. She understands that labiaplasty surgery is a very intimate decision and advises women to undergo the procedure with a doctor who makes them feel comfortable. Dr. Saini works closely with each patient until she figures out the absolute best option for the patient’s body. There are multiple different labiaplasty techniques that can be used to satisfy a woman’s cosmetic goals. If you’re considering having the procedure done, please don’t hesitate to call us at (910) 323-1234 to schedule a consultation.
What is Labiaplasty?Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure intended to alter the appearance of a woman’s labia majora and minora, or vulva. When the labia are enlarged, the condition is referred to as labial hypertrophy. There are multiple techniques that the doctor can use to ease a sufferer’s discomfort. Labial hypertrophy can be treated by three different methods: trim resection, wedge resection, and clitoral hood reduction. Sometimes the methods are combined for greater effect. Dr. Saini will work closely with you to determine which method fits your body. Each technique involves excising tissue from the labia and reshaping the area to be more proportional and visually pleasing.
Labial Hypertrophy Side Effects
A private consultation with Dr. Saini will help you figure out which procedure would be the best for your body.
Labiaplasty BenefitsPatients receive a labiaplasty will notice:
- Improved confidence in all clothing
- Increased comfort working out and performing daily tasks
- A more balanced appearance of their labia and/or clitoral hood
- A better quality of sex life
Good Labiaplasty CandidatesA strong labiaplasty candidate is a nonsmoker who’s experiencing negative side effects because of her labial hypertrophy. Those side effects can include:
- Discomfort or irritation
- Hygiene issues
Labiaplasty TechniquesThere are three main labiaplasty methods that Dr. Saini employs. Depending on the patient’s condition, the doctor may use one or all three of the methods. You will know exactly she what plans to do before your surgery date.
Trim ResectionDr. Saini may choose this method if the patient’s labia minora is only slightly larger than her labia majora. Excess skin is snipped away from the labia and the edges are sewn tightly together, creating a more proportional vulva. Women with dark labial edges can benefit from the procedure because it gives them pinker labia minora. A disadvantage of the technique is that the surgeon might craft overly uniform labia minora. Vulvas are naturally asymmetrical.
Wedge ResectionWedge resections might be the most common technique of the three. Dr. Saini will expertly remove a wedge-shaped piece of tissue from the central, posterior, or anterior part of the labia. Where the tissue comes from depends on the patient and her body type. The labia edges are untouched and get to keep their natural appearance.
Clitoral Hood ReductionClitoral hood reductions are often performed alongside the trim or wedge technique. Most women who undergo labiaplasty want to enhance the proportions of their vulva. If a patient asks for a clitoral hood reduction, some of the tissue around her clitoris will be removed. Dr. Saini will make sure that overall appearance of the vulva is harmonious.
Preparing for SurgeryWe ask that our labiaplasty patients follow basic guidelines to ensure the success of their surgeries. Please stop smoking at least three weeks before your surgery date. You also need to stop taking blood-thinning medication like aspirin and ibuprofen about two weeks before surgery. Two to four days before you see Dr. Saini you will need to shave your pubic area. Make sure that you prepare your home for your recovery. You’ll need to have someone give you a ride home after the procedure is over and you’ll need to ensure that you have your medications on hand. Your mobility may be affected while you recover.
ProcedureLabiaplasty surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia. You and Dr. Saini will decide which option works for you during your consultation. Once you arrive the morning of your surgery, our highly-trained staff will mark the incision points on your body to help guide Dr. Saini.
RecoveryImmediately after the procedure, you will experience some swelling in the area. You may also experience pain or bruising. These conditions will lessen as you heal. Dr. Saini will prescribe medications to help relieve your discomfort. You should be able to see your final, beautiful results in about one to two months.
It’s important that you keep your pubic area very clean and dry for the first few weeks after your surgery.Tight clothes and strenuous activities should be avoided during this time. You should refrain from engaging in sexual activities for the first month. Light walking exercise is permitted after a few days. Your recovery will depend on your lifestyle and body type. Dr. Saini will customize your recovery plan to suit your needs. She’ll tell you exactly when you’ll be able to return to your normal life. You’ll continue to see her after your surgery so she can make sure that the healing process is going well.