What is Labiaplasty (Labia Rejuvenation)?
The trimming of the labia minora, which can be stretched after child birth, altered with weight loss or sometimes just a normal variant for a young patient with none of these events. It can make intercourse difficult or painful and is sometimes visible in certain clothing. Patients that are very active complain of discomfort with certain exercise-cycling, for example-if they are a potential candidate for labiaplasty.
How long will surgery be?
The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes if not combined with other procedures.
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
Labiaplasty can safely and effectively be performed under local anesthesia in the office or combined with other procedures under general anesthesia.
What is recovery like?
Incisions are closed with dissolving sutures and incision care is simply keeping the incision clean after voiding and applying a thin layer of Neosporin or Bacitracin for a couple of weeks. Patients can shower the next day but no tub baths for about 3 weeks or until incisions are clearly healed. No intercourse for 6 weeks and return to normal activity otherwise in about 3-4 weeks.
What are the risks?
Bleeding, infection, failure of the incisions to heal, injury to adjacent structure. This is a safe and effective minor procedure.
How do I prepare for surgery?
A preoperative appointment is scheduled approximately 2 weeks prior to surgery. At this time, all consents and recommendations, instructions for before and after surgery are reviewed. A long list of medications to avoid is reviewed and prescriptions are given for postoperative management. The day before surgery, all patients are called to review final questions, confirm nothing has occurred since the patient was seen at preop that might require rescheduling of the procedure and to finalize arrival time at the facility. All patients are given ample information at the preoperative appointment regarding a time line of what to expect in the recovery process and when.