‘Labiaplasty’ is a term used for a cosmetic procedure that aims to reduce a women’s labia minora length. It is among the most popular genital rejuvenation procedures performed on women and can help relieve symptoms related to tugging and twisting of their labia.
Why Genital Rejuvenation
There are a number of reasons why women may consider a labiaplasty procedure as part of genital rejuvenation. The vagina can become loose or relaxed due to natural aging and/or childbirth. This ultimately results in reduced sexual satisfaction. And there is a direct relation between sexual pleasure and the tension experienced during penetration.
What genital rejuvenation does is that it tightens the vaginal canal and opening and replaces any musculature. This enhances muscle control and muscle tone. Some of the common symptoms indicated by women seeking vaginal rejuvenation include the following:
- Reduced stimulation and sensation during sex
- Falling out of tampons
- Gap in the vaginal opening
- Difficulties in bowel movements
Candidates also usually report irritation, itching, and discomfort, especially during activities such as a bike ride. The primary objective of a labiaplasty procedure is to minimize the candidate’s labia minora. This prevents it from dropping below the labia majora, covered in hair. The procedure is helpful in correcting asymmetry, that is when one labia is longer in comparison to the other. But more commonly, it is used for reducing both labia’s lengths in order to prevent tugging, twisting, or falling out of garments such as bathing suits.
What Are My Options?
If you are considering undergoing a labiaplasty procedure, then Dr. Minniti can help evaluate your candidacy and guide you with regard to the various options and procedure details. In order to choose the right option for a labiaplasty surgery, you first need to identify the specific part of your labia that is causing significant problems. For instance, the inner labia or the “lips” are addressed by the labiaplasty of labia minora. On the other hand, the outer labia (carrying pubic hair growth) is corrected by the labiaplasty of labia majora.
Surgeons also come across patients who are unhappy with their clitoral hood. The good news is that a correction/reduction of the clitoral hood, besides having aesthetic advantages, also helps in placing the clitoris in a better location. And this repositioning of the clitoral hood is effective in enhancing sexual gratification. An initial consultation with Dr. Minniti will help you arrive at the right decision with regard to choosing your labiaplasty procedure.
The labiaplasty procedure is usually performed under the effect of general anesthesia or local anesthesia (via oral sedation). When it comes to the various techniques in labiaplasty surgery, you will find that the ‘trim’ method is perhaps the most popular. This procedure involves the removal and direct sewing up of all extra tissue.
The ‘wedge’ technique is another very popular labiaplasty method and helps maintain a kind of natural border once a wedge-shaped tissue piece is removed. It is also possible to remove the additional clitoral hood folds while executing this procedure. The surgeon usually uses absorbable sutures to close the incisions.
Labiaplasty is usually a part of the complete vaginal rejuvenation procedure that may cover other surgeries like vaginoplasty, monsplasty, and clitoral hood correction.
Doctors recommend avoiding any type of tight clothing immediately after the genital rejuvenation procedure. This allows for effective healing of the sensitive area. You may find that there is hardly any noticeable scarring and a significant reduction in symptoms like sexual discomfort and chronic irritations after the surgery.
Dr. Minniti will give some specific instructions after the genital rejuvenation procedure in order to fasten healing. For instance, it is best to avoid strenuous activities (physical exercise) and sexual intercourse for up to six weeks after the surgery. The genital rejuvenation procedure will help in reshaping your vaginal area in a way that it feels and looks normal. Patients report feeling healthier and more confident after recovery.
If you’re considering a vaginal surgery, it is best to have an open discussion with a trusted physician and talk about your concerns and feelings related to your genitals. You should also tell them what you expect from the surgery and get advice on other options that could help tighten the vaginal area. For instance, surgeons may recommend specific Kegel exercises, in addition to surgery, which might help in toning loose and weak vaginal muscles.