This surgery has been developed for the removal of excess or uneven tissue from the labia, the folds at the margin of the vulva.
CANDIDATES:Women who are uncomfortable with large, small or asymmetric labia, can undergo labiaplasty surgery to improve the appearance of the labia, correcting its irregularities.
OBJECTIVE:With ageing the vulva tends to lose some of its substance and elasticity, and an aesthetic procedure can help to improve and rejuvenate the area.
INCISIONS AND TECHNIQUELabiaplasty can address the labia majora (larger outer vaginal folds) to make them more or less prominent, depending on the problem. It can also treat the labia minora (the smaller interior vaginal folds) that, apart from the aesthetic complaint, can often cause chronic irritation, rubbing, or discomfort during sexual intercourse. The augmentation of the labia majora is needed in some cases after with the passing of time. This is easily executed with the injection of a semi permanent or permanent filler substance. The reduction of the labia can also be done with a laser.
OPERATING TIMEThis procedure takes 30 minutes to perform.
ANESTHESIAThis procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, local with sedation or under general anesthesia, if preferred by the patient.
IN/OUT PATIENT:Labiaplasty is usually performed in the operating room but in selected cases surgery can be done in the office under a local anesthetic at decreased costs.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS:Infection, bleeding and delayed healing. There can be some discharge (reddish-yellow) for 4-6 weeks.
RECOVERY TIME:One to two weeks. Stitches are usually reabsorbed, but sometimes may have to be removed.
DURATION OF THE RESULTSThe labia should maintain its new aesthetic look for many years. This might change with ageing or if the patient undergoes vaginal childbirth after the procedure.
Is the use of Lasers important? The laser has many advantages when used as a scalpel. Many plastic surgeons use lasers, but there is no magic in the use of lasers. Other instruments, such as a radio-frequency cautery, can give the same results, but it is obvious that the term "laser" adds a sense of prestige to the procedure