WHAT IS Labiaplasty?
While it isn't talked about openly, many women worry about the appearance of their vaginal lips, which can cause them to feel less confident in their sexuality and appearance. To help women across Doylestown, PA feel more comfortable in their bodies, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino offers surgical vaginal rejuvenation known as a labiaplasty. Labiaplasty uses delicate techniques to improve the size and shape of the labia for patients who have experienced stretching or laxity. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) can appear droopy or develop loose skin as a result of genetics, childbirth, pregnancy, or a physical trauma. This cosmetic procedure works to decrease the size of the labia majora or minora for a more natural appearance. This surgery can also minimize discomfort and irritation that may occur during sexual activity. Come in for a consultation at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery to learn more about labiaplasty and find out if you may be a candidate.
WHO CAN GET LABIAPLASTY?
A labiaplasty at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery may be beneficial for Doylestown, PA women who are worried about the shape or size of their labia, which can become enlarged due to childbirth, genetics, or trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you avoid wearing revealing clothing (such as leggings, yoga pants, or bathing suits) because of the size of your vaginal lips. While labia surgery should not affect your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Tamburrino recommends you wait until you are done childbearing to have the procedure. This is to prevent compromising your results.
HOW IS VAGINAL SURGERY DONE?
Many labiaplasty procedures are completed in our on-site treatment room with local anesthetic so you may drive yourself to and from our office on the day of your surgery. However, if your labiaplasty is more complex, you may require general anesthesia at an accredited facility. This will require you to arrange for reliable transportation before and after your procedure. Dr. Tamburrino will go over the specific details of your personalized treatment plan during your consultation so you know what to expect and plan accordingly.
A labiaplasty is typically performed with a trimming technique that removes extra tissue. Following the removal of excess skin, the remaining tissue is tightened and stitched. If Dr. Tamburrino does not opt for the trimming method, you may receive the wedge technique. Through this technique, a pie-shaped piece of tissue and extra folds from the clitoris are removed and the remaining tissue is sutured.
What to Expect
You will need around a week to heal after your labiaplasty to allow discomfort and swelling to cease before returning to work. Dr. Tamburrino suggests applying a cold compress or ice pack if needed to reduce swelling. You cannot have sexual activity or use tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks following your surgery. Patients generally have visible results in about six weeks with their final results forming closer to around six months after the procedure. The improvements associated with vaginal rejuvenation are often long-lasting, but this does not mean that they cannot be altered by childbirth, weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process.
VAGINAL REJUVENATION FAQS
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or an OB/GYN?
When researching vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you will find that many OB/GYNs (obstetricians and gynecologists) offer labiaplasty. Although most OB/GYNs are qualified to perform a labiaplasty, the procedure is usually considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to remove loose skin from your labia, but a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Tamburrino, will be able to consider the aesthetic aspects of the procedure as well. Dr. Tamburrino utilizes delicate and precise techniques to ensure scarring is minimal and the color, contour, and symmetry of your vaginal lips are natural in both appearance and feeling.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
Like many surgeries, there may be some numbness in the treated area for a while. This is usually temporary as your skin and vaginal lips recover. For those concerned about sexual sensitivity, it's important to realize that labia rejuvenation corrects the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris. A board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Tamburrino, who has years of training and experience in labiaplasty procedures will work around the clitoris to prevent desensitizing the area.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Tamburrino or a member of his team will go over what to expect following your labiaplasty and provide helpful instructions to make your recovery period more comfortable. You will have some bruising and swelling in the treated areas and experience some discomfort right after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least a week before returning to non-strenuous activities. Dr. Tamburrino will assess your recovery during your check-up appointments and let you know when you can resume sexual activity and exercise.
Comfortable and Confident
While each vagina is as unique as each woman, there are many common elements that negatively impact the appearance of the labia. Childbirth, extreme weight loss, and trauma can make the vagina lips stretch and enlarge, which may create an appearance that leaves you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. To regain your sexual health and confidence, consider learning more about labiaplasty at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, PA. Dr. Tamburrino uses advanced and delicate techniques to carefully reshape your labia and restore proper feel and function.