FAQs About Labiaplasty Procedures

There is no limit to what women can consider their problem areas. This can even include changes to your vaginal area. When women first think of plastic surgery, they often do not consider getting a labiaplasty. However, it is becoming a more and more popular procedure for women with various reasons to back it. 

Learn More About Labiaplasty Procedures 

At O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we are here to help you embrace the changes you want to see. Most people can feel uncomfortable talking about procedures such as labiaplasties. However, if it is something you want to see changed, there is no reason to avoid it. We’re here every step of the way to answer your questions and help you find the solution you’ve been looking for. 

What is a labiaplasty? 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a labiaplasty is defined as a surgical procedure usually done to reduce the size of the labia minora. This includes the skin folds that surround your urethra and vagina. Once you decide that this is a procedure you are interested in, a quick consultation with the doctor can start the process. 

Who is eligible for a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is for anyone looking to change their labia minora. Often, the decision comes from two different ideas. Either you are looking for a specific aesthetic look for your body, or you want to find a procedure that helps with pain in the area that occurs during vigorous physical activity such as exercise or intercourse. This is often due to the excess skin getting twisted or pinched in a painful or uncomfortable way. 

Are there risks?

As is the case with any medical procedure, there are risks to a labiaplasty. Your doctor will review the risks of the surgery with you at your consult and how to care for your body after surgery to reduce the risks of healing complications.  With this procedure, complications such as bleeding, infection, healing problems, and scarring are possibilities. 

What does the recovery process entail? 

The procedure is done under local or general anesthesia when you receive a labiaplasty. The resulting healing time typically is around four weeks before returning to all activities. Absorbable sutures are commonly used, and if there are any external suture knots, your plastic surgeon can trim them around two weeks post-surgery. 

While most swelling goes down by six weeks, some can still be present up to six months after the surgery. The pain is commonly managed by over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol. We advise contacting your doctor if the medications are not controlling the pain. You should avoid intense exercise and intercourse for four to six weeks or until your doctor says it is okay. 

There is no reason to struggle with uncomfortable feelings about the look or feel of your vaginal area. A labiaplasty may be the procedure you’ve been looking for. Are you interested in scheduling a consultation to see if a labiaplasty is right for you? O’Neill Plastic Surgery is here to help and answer any further questions you may have. Check out our website for more information, or give us a call at (843) 881-2130 to get started today! 

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About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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