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Whether it be from childbirth or just genetics, women with an enlarged labia may experience discomfort and lack of confidence. When considering plastic surgery to reduce the appearance, or otherwise reshape the labia, many women turn to the experts at DeLuca Plastic Surgery to ask if a labiaplasty may be right for them.
Why Should I Get A Labiaplasty?
Reducing the size of the labia minora or the labia majora may be helpful for women:
- Who experience pain during intercourse
- Who have discomfort wearing tight clothing
- Who are self-conscious about these areas of skin that cover the clitoris and the vaginal opening
Typically, the surgery involves either an inverted triangle incision made in the middle of the labia on the inner side or an incision along the border of the labia. The tissues are then sutured to make the labia smaller. The procedure typically takes less than one hour, and the end result helps women feel confident and comfortable again. Dissolvable sutures are used to allow the healing process to occur naturally and most women can return to normal activity within three to four days.
Cost And Recovery Time
During labiaplasty surgery, dissolvable sutures are used to seal the incisions. These usually dissolve within seven to 21 days. This will allow the tissues to heal in a more natural fashion. Swelling may also occur during the first two to three weeks.
The cost of the procedure will vary for each individual, depending on her needs. At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we work with several financing companies in order to make it easier for you to afford this cosmetic treatment. We also accept many forms of payment, including credit cards and cashier’s checks.
The Importance of Post-Operative Care
Post-Operatively, patients are instructed to take it easy and ice the area continuously for the first 24 hours. Patients are seen the day after surgery to ensure there are no complications and, then, generally come in about four to six weeks after surgery to get cleared for intimacy. For your ultimate comfort, vigorous activity, like riding bikes or horses, should be avoided for at least three weeks. In terms of regular activity, you can typically return to your normal routine in just three to four days.
During the first six weeks after your surgery, you should refrain from using tampons, wearing restrictive undergarments like thongs, or engaging in sexual intercourse. Most patients can resume intimate activity a month after the surgery. The staff at DeLuca Plastic Surgery are available to recovering patients 24/7 by phone or email.
Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.
Why Women Choose DeLuca Plastic Surgery
Dr. David M. Tauber and Dr. Alan Yan have worked with many patients to help them achieve desired results. Thanks to our doctor’s trained eyes for precision and symmetry, his clients often recommend their work to friends and family. RealSelf.com has named Dr. Tauber as Top Doctors to choose for a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures.
Before and After Photos
Feel free to browse through the images so that you may have a photographic idea of what to expect from your labiaplasty surgery.