Labiaplasty, Labial Reduction, Vaginal Rejuvenation, in Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ
What is a Labiaplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Labiaplasty, labial reduction, and vaginal rejuvenation, are procedures for improving the appearance of the external female genitalia. The labia are folds of skin surrounding the vulva. The size, color, and shape of labia are different in every woman due to a variety of reasons. These include changes as a result of childbirth, sexual intercourse, aging, and other events. The labia may become enlarged and elongated, causing discomfort, hygiene, and psychological issues. The goal of the procedure is to relieve discomfort and obtain a more attractive appearance of the female genitalia.
Who gets Labiaplasty?
Women undergo labiaplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons. These include chafing, interference with sex and athletic activities. Some women are born with large labia, while other women develop labial enlargement. Causes include mechanical irritation from sexual intercourse, masturbation, childbirth, infection and inflammation. Another common reason is asymmetry of the labia. Women often present with one lip of the labia minora larger or longer than the other. The goal of the procedure is to match the smaller side as closely as possible, creating balance and symmetry.
Labiaplasty contraindications include patients with active gynecological disease, inflammation, or infection. Smokers increase their risk of complications due to impaired wound healing. The ideal candidate for labiaplasty has realistic goals and expectations of the results.
Risks and Recovery:
Studies regarding patient satisfaction and sexual function after vaginal plastic procedures report beneficial results. The overall patient satisfaction is 90-95% with sexual satisfaction over 80-85%. Female genital plastic surgery procedures appear to fulfill the patient’s desires for cosmetic and functional improvement, as well as enhancement of the sexual experience.
Pain following the procedure tends to be minimal. Labiaplasty or labial reduction is usually an outpatient procedure. The labia tend to be very swollen during the early post-operative period due to anesthetic injections. Patients receive instructions to clean the surgical wound site, and apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the area. Possible complications following labiaplasty include bleeding, infection, labial asymmetry, poor wound-healing, under correction, and overcorrection.
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