When you decide to undergo any type of cosmetic surgery, it can be one of the most personal – and often private – decisions that you make. This is especially the case with a labial reduction in Arizona because many women feel they have no one to talk to because the subject is so personal. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about labial reduction, otherwise known as labiaplasty.
What is a labiaplasty procedure?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to reduce the size of the labia, which are the inner and outer folds of the vulva, at either side of the vagina.
The purpose of the procedure is to create a neater and more symmetrical appearance to the inner and outer labia. The labia are not removed in this procedure, as they are needed to protect the delicate inner areas.
Why would a woman need labial reduction in Arizona?
Approximately a third of women choose to have the labiaplasty procedure for aesthetic reasons because they aren’t happy with the appearance of their labia. Other reasons for surgery include discomfort when inserting a tampon, inflammation, and pain during sex, or general chafing when performing day-to-day activities.
How long does the procedure take?
Although the surgical procedure is quite complex, it is relatively quick and usually takes just 15 minutes to an hour. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
What is the recovery and downtime like following labia reduction in Arizona?
Many patients take one week off from work, but some patients have been known to take up to three weeks off. The length of your recovery will depend on the type of work you do and your recovery rate. Patients typically experience swelling and discomfort for the first week following the procedure, but it typically begins to subside after the second week.
You will be able to bathe or shower after the procedure, but you must avoid using tampons, exercising, and engaging in sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks or until the area is fully healed. You will also need to refrain from driving for at least a week until you get the all-clear from your surgeon.
What is the difference between labia reduction in Arizona and vaginoplasty?
A common misconception is assuming that a labiaplasty is the same as a vaginoplasty. A labiaplasty is a procedure that reduces the size of the labia, whereas vaginoplasty usually refers to tightening of the vagina.
What are the risks and complications associated with labiaplasty surgery?
All surgical procedures come with some level of risk and this usually includes inflammation and infection. The best way to avoid risks and complications is to choose an experienced and qualified surgeon who performs the procedure on a regular basis.
Have we answered all of your questions? To find out more about a labial reduction in Arizona, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your goals with regard to the procedure openly and honestly and put you completely at ease.