What is a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a procedure Dr. Ryan Diederich performs that can change the size and shape of a woman’s labia. Women chose to have labiaplasty for a variety of reasons, including: physical pain and discomfort because of size, correction of asymmetry, irregularities, congenital abnormalities, or length reduction of the labia.
Who may benefit labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is performed to:
- Remove excess tissue from labia.
- Reduce genital pain due to enlarged labia.
- Smooth and tighten tissue.
- Improve contour and shape of labia.
Labiaplasty from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery may be right for you if:
- You have excess labia fullness,length, disfigurement, or abnormality.
- You are physically healthy and don’t have a medical condition that impairs healing.
- Your weight is stable.
- You do not smoke.
Labiaplasty can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. This procedure can also be completed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Either option is safe and effective, the choice is yours.
Before the Labiaplasty Surgery
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation, as needed.
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications, as recommended.
- Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding (if OK with your primary care physician. If you cannot stop please let us know).
The Day Of the Labiaplasty Surgery
This can be completed as an outpatient or with hospital stay depending on your particular needs. Nothing to eat or drink the day of surgery. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
After the Labiaplasty Surgery
Recovery is patient dependent. You should avoid lifting heavy objects, and strenuous activity for at least three weeks after the procedure. You should also avoid using tampons and sexual activity for at least 10 days after the procedure.
Complications from the Labiaplasty Surgery
As with any procedure there are risks. Fortunately, with labiaplasty, these risks are minimal. These include but are not limited to:
- Asymmetry of labia
- Puckering of the skin
- Sexual dysfunction
Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at Mid-America Institute of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.