FAQ 2018-04-13T18:06:34+00:00

Labiaplasty Procedures FAQs

In general, the normal female genitalia will have the following characteristics:

  • Inner lips tucked in and fully covered by the outer lips or labia majora
  • The length of the inner lips should be fairly symmetric.
  • The outer lips and the mons pubis should have some fullness providing coverage of the opening slit of the vulva.
  • The skin on the outer lips should have a “firm look” and minimal wrinkles

Most patients that have a Labiaplasty are looking to reduce the length of the labia minora and/or correct any significant asymmetries in length.

Fat grafting of the labia majora can improve the fullness of the outer lips and reduce the amount of wrinkles on the outer skin. Many patients will also benefit from other non-invasive treatments such as: radiofrequency lasers and a robust skin care to improve the appearance of the skin in this area.

The procedure is performed in our Outpatient Surgery Suite. Our facility is fully accredited by American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAASF), which represents the highest standard in accreditation of outpatient surgical facilities in the United States.
In most cases, general anesthesia can be avoided. Protrusion of the labia minora alone can be performed under local anesthesia.

If fat grafting to the labia majora is planned, then general anesthesia will be provided by one of our board certified anesthesiologists.

Narcotics are usually needed for the first 24-48 hrs. You will also receive prophylactic antibiotics. If you are prone to having vaginal infections with antibiotics, you will be prescribed an anti-fungal.

Swelling is normal and it will improve over the next 72 hrs. Icing the surgical area periodically helps with pain and the swelling.

If bruising is present, it will diminish within 7-10 days.

We recommend having at least a weekend of minimal ambulation to diminish swelling and for a faster recovery. Most patients are back to work within 5-7 days.

Light exercise can be resumed at 2 weeks in most instances. We recommend avoiding running or cycling for 4 weeks.

Sexual intercourse is prohibited for 40 days if surgery has been performed in the inner lips. Patients that have had only fat grafting to the labia majora can resume sexual intercourse at 2 weeks.

The area must be kept clean at all times. Bottle-spray irrigation after going to the bathroom is recommended.

Minimal ambulation is recommended for the first 3 days to help diminish the amount of swelling.

Ice to the area is recommended for 20 minutes every hour. Be cautious not to fall asleep while applying the ice because the area is sensitive and it can get a “cold burn”.

Patients may shower in 24 hrs. No submerged bathing is allowed until area is fully healed.

Going to the pool and/or the beach is not permitted for a minimum of 4 weeks post-op.

Sutures will dissolve by themselves. If they have not entirely absorbed, they can be removed in the office no earlier than 3 weeks after the surgery.

If surgery in your labia majora has been performed, sexual intercourse is avoided for 40 days.

If only fat grafting to the labia majora is performed, sexual intercourse can be resumed at 2 weeks.

A labiaplasty can be performed by itself or in many cases as part of a mommy makeover. The procedure can be safely combined with another surgery as long as the surgical time under anesthesia can be kept under 5 hrs.
A consultation with the surgeon is preferred prior to deciding if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure or not.

If you would like to be screened prior to your appointment before traveling, you can submit your pictures for evaluation and a conference call will be scheduled with the doctor. You will also need to provide new patient information and medical history in order create a chart for you in our system.

In some cases, you may be able to schedule a day for surgery virtually and arrive 1-2 days before the procedure.

Hotel arrangements, private traveling, private nursing/support staff can be arranged for your convenience.

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