With childbirth and age, a woman’s vaginal area can get lax and even lose some of the elasticity and the appearance it previously had. Also, there are some women who are simply unhappy with the general appearance of their outer labia. Labiaplasty can be done for cosmetic reasons, or for hygienic and functional reasons.
Factors such as childbirth or the aging process can erode the natural beauty of the female genitalia, especially the labia majora, labia minora, and perineum. An extended labia minora might interfere with sexual intercourse and exercises, and can even cause embarrassment or discomfort for some women when wearing certain types of clothes like leggings, jeans and bathing suits. The labiaplasty procedure is ideal for improving or revising congenital conditions or anomalies, and can also help repair the genital region following an injury or disease.
It’s important to note that labiaplasty isn’t the same as vaginal tightening or vaginal rejuvenation. This type of surgery is done to alleviate any discomfort or/and embarrassment, and doesn’t reduce the size of the female vaginal canal. However, the procedure can be performed alone, or together with vaginoplasty.
It’s extremely important that you fill out your paperwork correctly regarding any medications or supplements you take as they might interfere with the smoothness and safety of your surgery. Also, if you’re a smoker, you should stop smoking at least 15 days prior to your procedure.
You might experience mild swelling and discomfort after the procedure, however 80% of the swelling will subside within a week. The remaining swelling will subside after a few weeks. That said, it’s important to note that depending on the complexity of the surgery and the suture type, full recovery might take anywhere between 5 to 8 weeks.
Once you have fully healed from your procedure, you will enjoy a smoother contour of the female genitalia and a better appearance overall. You may notice the sensation in the area actually improves due to the removal of excess skin. Discomfort associated with protruding vaginal lips will also be eliminated, allowing you to wear some types of clothing and participate in some activities you were unable to before your procedure. Incisions made during labiaplasty are usually well hidden in the natural skin creases, so you will not have to worry about post-operative scarring.
Results are usually permanent, if you have another baby after your labiaplasty, you may notice some changes to the labia. However, it is unlikely the changes will be as pronounced as before your procedure.