Labiaplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that alters the shape and reduces the size of the labia minora also known as inner labia or “small lips”. These are the folds of specialized skin surrounding the vaginal opening.
The labia’s size, shape, and color can vary significantly from patient to patient. The labia’s appearance can change significantly as a result of childbirth (tearing and stretching), aging and other trauma.
Women in Dr. Stiles practice are usually motivated to have this procedure for one of two reasons: Functional or cosmetic. The functional concerns arise from physical discomfort, irritation in the area or hygiene issues caused by the size and shape of the labia.
There exists a natural variation in the appearance of labia. The cosmetic group wish to alter the appearance of their labia because they believe their labia do not fall within a normal range. The cosmetic concerns may be motivated by the insensitive comments from a partner or exposure to the increasingly prevalent images of “normal labia” on the Internet or social media.
Description of the Labiaplasty/ Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure
Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure. It is performed in our state-of-the-art operating room. Premium Surgical Services Center is a free standing fully accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center licensed by the state of Nevada. Our center is also federally regulated. We have attained additional accreditation from the Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care accreditation program with “deemed MCR approved status”. We are the only privately owned center dedicated to the specialty of plastic surgery that has both these accreditations in the state of Nevada.
The procedure is performed while using general anesthesia (patients are fully “asleep”) for comfort control. General anesthesia as well as pre and post-operative care are provided by our Board Certified Anesthesiologist.
The area to be reduced is carefully marked assuring that the remaining labia will be aesthetically pleasing to the patient. The redundant tissue is precisely excised under high magnification. The skin edges are closed using a very small fast absorbing suture (there are no stitches to be removed). Long acting local anesthetic is also injected into the operative area to assure lasting discomfort control for hours following your procedure.
Recovery after Labiaplasty/ Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery
This is an outpatient surgical procedure. After their surgery, and following a short stay in our post-surgical care unit, patients are discharged home. Dressings which include a feminine pad and antibiotic ointment are held in place by a cotton brief. This is worn for two weeks.
Patients describe the pain associated with cosmetic vaginal rejuvination surgery as ranging from minor to moderate discomfort. This discomfort is effectively controlled with oral pain medication.
Patients can resume most normal activities not requiring lifting of heavy objects or exertion at one to two weeks. Full activity including sex and exercise can begin following the fourth week. Complications associated with this procedure are rare. Patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by Dr. Stile after surgery.