For such a small part of the body, the appearance of vaginal tissues can have a significant positive or negative effect on how you feel. Patients with enlarged labia minora or majora that developed naturally or that occurred after pregnancy often feel embarrassed during sexual activity. Excess tissue can also cause an embarrassing and revealing bulge in tight-fitting clothing, such as yoga pants and bathing suits. Understanding your BMI before your consultation will help determine your eligibility for surgery.
Women who want to address the look of their labia are encouraged to call Parkins Plastic Surgery to arrange a consultation. Through conversation and an examination, Dr. Maida Parkins’ and Dr. Lucas Boehm’s goal is to ensure that every woman who chooses surgery does so for herself after coming to a thorough understanding of the procedure and what it can do.
Our surgeons serve as both a confidante and educator during patient consultations. They want everyone who visits them to receive dedicated attention and to have all the information they need to decide on their treatment plan.
If you are nervous about a labiaplasty, Dr. Parkins and Dr. Boehm can offer detailed information about the procedure and after-care. Understanding what the surgery is for, what it can and can’t do, and what to expect after can improve confidence and the overall patient experience.
The advantages of cosmetic treatment to reduce the size of enlarged labial tissue include:
For some patients, the labia minora are different lengths or extend past the labia majora, creating an uneven aesthetic. Treatment creates improved balance between the two.
Patients’ responses to their results are overwhelmingly positive. Many women love the way they look and feel a renewed sense of self-esteem following their labiaplasty.
Patients are often surprised to learn that a labiaplasty treatment only takes about an hour and a half to complete. In most case, a local anesthetic—not the general anesthesia you may typically associate with surgery—is all that is needed for comfort. Discreet incisions and dissolvable stitches make this procedure even more convenient.
During your procedure, your surgeon will use one of two methods to provide aesthetic improvement:
To resolve asymmetry and reduce excess tissue in the middle of the labia, the wedge surgical technique is recommended. Compared to the trim method, this labiaplasty technique does not involve the edges of the tissue. Instead, your surgeon places the necessary incisions in the contours of the labia themselves.
Both techniques produce scars that are well hidden and are not obvious either to patients or to others. Stitches placed during surgery dissolve on their own and are placed beneath the skin for the most comfortable recovery possible.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, and because it involves local anesthesia, patients do not need a companion to take them to and from their appointment. For patients who feel somewhat anxious, a prescription can be written for a medication to help you relax prior to the procedure. In this case, you would need a driver to take you home.
Please discuss the day of surgery with your surgeon if you have any concerns regarding what to expect.
Recuperating from a labiaplasty does not disrupt your daily life like more complex surgical procedures can. Patients are advised to rest after treatment and to very carefully clean the site, per your surgeons instructions. While bruising and swelling are to be expected, most patients only need a few days’ worth of rest at home before returning to work that is not physically demanding.
To maximize comfort during recovery, take medication as prescribed by your surgeon and follow instructions for easing your way back into physical activity. To protect the treatment site, avoid intercourse for six weeks after your treatment.
Dr. Parkins offers a much-needed female perspective when it comes to labiaplasty. Patients feel comfortable approaching her with their questions and concerns, and they find they are treated like friends. Dr. Boehm’s extensive training and experience in the latest plastic surgery techniques offers an innovative approach for all of his patients. He believes that a collaborative, bespoke approach to aesthetic surgery is key to achieving consistently beautiful results and happy patients. At our boutique practice, you can expect individualized attention that meets your expectations for the highest quality of care.
Our surgeons listen attentively and helps patients feel comfortable with their choice to seek treatment. After an examination to determine the extent of excess tissue, they can recommend the ideal way to create your desired appearance.
Women who choose labiaplasty to address changes caused by vaginal childbirth may also want to consider other procedures intended for helping mothers regain the look and feel of pre-baby body contours. Breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast reduction can help undo the effects of nursing, while liposuction or a tummy tuck can take care of stubborn fat and excess skin, respectively.
All of these procedures—and more—can be combined into a personalized package known as a Mommy Makeover.
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