There is minimal pain and only slight discomfort for several days. It should not affect sensation to the clitoris or the ability to have orgasms. In some patients, removal of the excess skin can heighten their sexual response.

Reasons for labiaplasty

While it remains a rarely discussed topic, many women have insecurities about the size or length of their labia. Labia come in all shapes and sizes, and all are normal. It is important to understand that there is nothing wrong with the way your body looks. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your labia in a bathing suit or in intimate settings, a labiaplasty could help put you at ease. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will go over your concerns and goals for surgery to determine whether labiaplasty is a suitable option for you.

Austin Plastic Surgery Institute is to help you feel beautiful

At APSI, we know you are always your own worst critic and that others don’t necessarily see what you see. There is nothing wrong with the way you are, but at the same time, it’s okay to treat something that makes you feel self-conscious about your body. You don’t have to live with your insecurities, and Austin Plastic Surgery Institute is here to help restore your confidence. Our doctors are all board-certified and have many years of experience in their field. We blend surgical procedures with cutting-edge technology uniquely to provide you with beautiful, natural-looking results.

Is labiaplasty right for me?

Labiaplasty can be performed at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute a couple of different ways by our board-certified plastic surgeons. Imperfections of the labia can be the result of excessive stretching from pregnancy, childbirth, or weight loss. Women who have enlarged and asymmetrical labia should know there is a cosmetic surgery to address this. Labia rejuvenation (labiaplasty) is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the US and Austin, TX today. Not only does it result in a natural vaginal appearance, but it corrects symptoms caused by enlarged labia, such as chronic irritations, a bulging appearance, discomfort during sexual activity, exercise, and frequent urinary tract infections.

Different surgical approaches

The most common labiaplasty technique uses surgical tools to remove the inner folds of the labia minora so they no longer protrude beyond the labia majora. The remaining edges are sewn with two layers of absorbable sutures that are well hidden for a natural appearance. 

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The importance of a skilled labiaplasty surgeon

Before aesthetic surgeons improved the labiaplasty procedure, the approach was to amputate the excess skin and folds. This approach led to numerous complications including scarring and sensory nerve damage. It is important to find a skilled labiaplasty surgeon who understands that this cosmetic surgery requires some reconstructive processes. Qualified surgeons will be able to incorporate the latest reshaping techniques so that it not only reduces the size, but also preserves most of the natural contour, color and sensitivity of the labia with minimal scarring.

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Will I need to stay overnight at the hospital?

Labiaplasty is performed under sedation or general anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility. It is done as an outpatient procedure and can be combined with other surgeries such as breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tucks. The surgery takes less than an hour to complete. Following this surgery, you should rest and avoid any activities that will result in additional swelling and discomfort. Vigorous exercise, vaginal intercourse, the use of tampons and douching should be avoided for 4weeks. The incisions made during surgery are minimal. In most cases, the scarring will be almost undetectable.

Labiaplasty FAQs

OB/GYN or plastic surgeon?

Many OB/GYNs are capable of performing labiaplasty. However, this procedure is considered a cosmetic surgery. There is more to the technique than just removing the excess skin. Aesthetic issues, such as scarring, symmetry, pigmentation and shape, play an important role. For these reasons, a cosmetic surgeon is sometimes the better choice to perform this procedure.

Will the procedure have an impact on intercourse?

This procedure does not impact sexual intercourse in a negative way. If anything, labiaplasty helps to restore any lost sensation because it removes excess skin and tissue blocking the vaginal opening and clitoris. A knowledgeable surgeon will avoid placing incisions near the clitoral region and will carefully work to protect and preserve the sensory nerves.

Pregnancy after labiaplasty surgery?

We recommend that you wait to have labiaplasty until you have completed having children. If the labiaplasty cannot wait until after a pregnancy, you will need to understand that the surgical results may be compromised by a later pregnancy. It is important that you discuss any pregnancy plans with your cosmetic surgeon so that a pre- and post-pregnancy surgical plan can be put into place.

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