Labiaplasty is a procedure performed to decrease the size of the female labia minora. Enlarged labia can cause local irritation of the vagina, issues with personal hygiene when using the restroom or during monthly menstruation, discomfort during sexual intercourse or exercise, or personal insecurity about appearance.
A Qualified Surgeon, Indeed
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, vaginal cosmetic surgeries, such as labiaplasties, are the fastest emerging trends in the cosmetic plastic surgery industry. Most of the negative generalizations about the labiaplasty procedure are the result of physicians who are unfamiliar with operating on the vagina and are ignorant about the most recent surgical techniques on the female genitalia. Dr. Coan is a double board certified surgeon who has been recognized as a top plastic surgeon in North Carolina by The US News and World Report. Additionally, Dr. Coan was voted Durham’s Best Plastic Surgeon four consecutive years in a row by Durham Magazine.
The Actual Procedure
The labiaplasty procedure is performed on an outpatient basis while you are under general or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure takes between one to two hours to complete. The labia minora are reduced while maintaining their natural shape through the use of skin and tissue tightening techniques.
As with Anything in Life, There May be Complications
There are many techniques that can be used in labiaplasty, all designed to reduce the external appearance of scars. These techniques can reduce such problems as itching and burning from scaring. Other complications that may result from labiaplasty include infection, prolonged swelling, and asymmetry which may require revisional surgery.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
After the surgery, patients should abstain from such physical activities as cycling/bike riding and high-impact sports for about six weeks to allow the sutures heal. Patients must also keep the wound clean with sitz baths and antibiotic cream. Swelling and discomfort that may result from the surgery usually dissipates about two weeks post-surgery. Medication may be prescribed to aid these symptoms. The sutures used to close the incision are dissolvable.
If you are interested in learning more about labiaplasty, please call CARE Plastic Surgery at (919)-484-4884 to speak with one of our Patient Care Coordinators. They will be happy to give you more information and assist you in setting up a consultation with Dr. Coan.