A labiaplasty procedure is an excellent choice if you have overly large labia that cause discomfort or embarrassment. If your labia cause frequent or recurrent rashes or if there is significant size difference between your labia, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty. Many women are embarrassed that their labia excess tissues pinch them in their clothing as they move, sit, or exercise. Often sexual relations are quite uncomfortable, requiring lubricants. Many times the excess labia cause bleeding during intercourse that really interferes with relationships.
At your private consultation with Dr. Vanek in his Mentor, Ohio plastic surgery office, he will examine your area of concern and describe to you the available options for treatment. Dr. Vanek’s office is a convenient drive from any city in northern Ohio as well as nearby Cleveland. Labiaplasty usually requires general anesthesia which Dr. Vanek will discuss with you at the time of your consultation as well as details about the labiaplasty procedure. You and he will discuss the incisions, the nearly imperceptible scarring and the risks of potential complications so that you are fully informed when you schedule your labiaplasty with him.
How is Labiaplasty Surgery Performed?
Dr. Vanek performs labia reconstruction surgery near his Mentor plastic surgery office in a fully accredited Lake Health System surgical facility or at TriPoint Hospital or at Lake West Hospital where you will appreciate the privacy and personal attention of these patient-oriented settings. The suites are equipped with the latest technologies and his expert teams at each of the three surgery centers where he provides surgical care for his patients are modern, up to date and concerned with your outcome. After anesthesia is administered, Dr. Vanek will reduce the size of the labia tissue to create a more youthful and pleasing contour. Absorbable sutures are placed while you are asleep, and local anesthesia is also given to make you more comfortable for when you are awakened from the general anesthesia. A soft dressing is applied and you go home a few hours after the surgery.
How Long is the Recovery
Labiaplasty is very well tolerated. Most women experience some bruising and swelling at the operative site for one to two weeks and this is minimized with Tylenol or light narcotics. An ice pack is applied to the general area each hour that you are awake for the first day. After you void your bladder, Dr. Vanek asks that you do sitz baths and just wash your perineal area with baby shampoo or gentle soap. You are able to shower the next day, and you simply apply Neosporin topically applied for 7 to 14 days until you are fully healed. Dr. Vanek advises his labiaplasty patients to avoid strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse for approximately 3 weeks. He will examine you several times in the first few weeks to make sure you are healing as anticipated.
Labiaplasty scars are very well hidden and barely perceptible once healing has occurred. The scars become softer and less perceptible within the first few weeks and months after surgery. Gynecological examinations can be expected to confirm normal appearing tissues within a few months after the procedure.
A labiaplasty is an extremely satisfying procedure for our women patients. Dr. Vanek’s patients are delighted that they no longer have a likelihood of sensory deficits and that sexual intercourse can be enjoyed without chafing or mechanical problems associated with the diagnosis of labial hypertrophy. Contact us for a consultation today.