Labiaplasty Bloomington, IL
In recent years, medicine has become increasingly aware of the need for expanded women’s services. Many of the services that are available today go beyond improved aesthetics. Labiaplasty is a prime example. We are happy to provide this precision surgical procedure to women in our Bloomington community, helping them feel better about the look and the feel of the sensitive genital area.
Who is a good candidate for labiaplasty?
The size and shape of the labia will vary from one woman to another. However, there are a variety of ways in which the labia may present problems. Some women complain that excessive tissue gets caught in clothing, or that asymmetry creates discomfort during sexual intercourse or exercise. Protrusion (bulge) may occur in either the labia minora or the labia majora, making it difficult to wear certain types of clothing. In some cases, the referral for labiaplasty is prompted by the development of polyps in the area.
Reasons for seeking labiaplasty are as diverse as the women who undergo the procedure. What is shared among all patients, though, is a marked improvement in quality of life. Clearly, candidates for labia contouring are those who are not fully comfortable nor satisfied with the look and feel of this important part of the body. Secondarily, surgical candidates should not smoke, or should stop using tobacco prior to surgery.
Though women of all ages can undergo labiaplasty, it may be ideal to undergo this particular procedure when there are no future plans for pregnancy. This is because the labia may naturally swell and stretch during this event, or during delivery. The timing of labiaplasty can be contentious because, on one hand, you may not want to have to repeat the procedure and, on the other hand, there is no value in living uncomfortably if you don’t have to. Learn more about the right timing for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tattini to discuss labia contouring.
Is there scarring after the procedure?
Scarring is the natural byproduct of healing. Therefore, it should be expected after labiaplasty. This is an important topic of discussion, which we address during pre-surgical consultation and planning visits. Scar tissue is typically not a cosmetic concern due to the “hidden” location of the labia. The primary concern related to scarring is the firmness of tissue around the vaginal opening. Scars typically do not present a physical obstacle for intercourse or comfort during exercise, sitting, or other situations.
How will a labiaplasty affect my sex life?
Labiaplasty can have an advantageous effect on sexual intercourse. This is especially noticeable for women in whom excess, elongated tissue has created a challenge in the past. The smaller size of the labia can make intercourse more comfortable by putting an end to pulling and tearing. However, the labia are not associated with physical stimulation of the clitoris.
What is recovery from a labiaplasty like?
Patients should expect to need a few days off work and other routine activities after labiaplasty. There are several ways in which the recovery process can be made more comfortable. First, patients are prescribed pain medication to manage post-surgical discomfort. Swelling should be expected. This can be reduced with daily sitz baths, in which the surgical area soaks in a mild epsom salt bath. In many cases, dissolvable sutures are used, eliminating the need for a second “procedure” on this delicate area of the body.
An important aspect of labiaplasty recovery is to keep the area dry. Patients may gently dab tissue after bathing, and may even use cool air from a blow dryer or fan to fully evaporate moisture.
Will I be able to exercise and work?
Most patients are able to resume light activities and work within a few days of the labiaplasty procedure. More physically demanding activities should be resumed gradually and with mindfulness about comfort level. For instance, cardio activities such as running and cycling may need to wait 2 to 3 weeks. Swimming and other water activities may require a 3 to 4 week hiatus while incisions heal.
You deserve to be comfortable in your own skin. To learn more about labiaplasty, call your Bloomington plastic surgeon, Dr. Tattini, at 309-664-1007. Your peace of mind is our priority during your consultation and surgical experience.