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LABIAPLASTY

If you’re self-conscious about the external appearance surrounding your vagina, you may want to consider cosmetic labiaplasty, an increasingly popular procedure that changes the size and shape of the labia. At Anson, Edwards & Higgins, labiaplasty is performed at our private Las Vegas office on an outpatient basis by one of the area’s premier plastic surgeons.

If you live in or near Las Vegas and are considering labiaplasty surgery for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons, request a consultation to meet personally with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure. You can also call our office at 702-822-2100 to schedule an appointment.

IS LABIAPLASTY RIGHT FOR ME?

Besides cosmetic reasons, women may seek labiaplasty because of skin irritation or uncomfortable sexual intercourse caused by misshaped or enlarged labia. The surgery can be done on the labia major (the larger, outer vaginal lips), or the labia minor, (smaller vaginal lips). A labiaplasty can be combined with vaginoplasty, a procedure performed to tighten the vagina by eliminating excess lining and tightening the soft tissues and muscles in the vaginal area.

Women with fully developed labia who are in good physical condition overall may also want labiaplasty if they:

  • Experience discomfort when wearing tight pants or engaging in athletic or sexual activity
  • Are unhappy because their labia are inhibiting proper function of sexual organs
  • Have skin rashes or irritation and/or hygiene problems such as trapped moisture
  • Are embarrassed with the size, shape, or appearance of their labia

Labiaplasty has become a very popular surgery over the past several years. Even though it is a relatively minor surgery, it can have dramatically positive effects on self confidence and even functionality. 

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HOW IS LABIAPLASTY PERFORMED?

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure at our office that can be done with either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The goal of the surgery is to provide symmetrical, attractive genitalia, so excess labial skin is removed and incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. There is no need to subsequently remove stitches.

You should be able to sit and walk on the day of the surgery, although it’s also important to get adequate rest. More rigorous exercise can begin about a month after the procedure. You should also postpone having sexual intercourse for 4 to 6 weeks.

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How is a Labiaplasty Performed?

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure at our office that can be done with either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The goal of the surgery is to provide symmetrical, attractive genitalia, so excess labial skin is removed and incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. There is no need to subsequently remove stitches.

You should be able to sit and walk on the day of the surgery, although it’s also important to get adequate rest. More rigorous exercise can begin about a month after the procedure. You should also postpone having sexual intercourse for 4 to 6 weeks.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING RECOVERY?

Recovering from labiaplasty surgery can take about a week off from work, where the duration of the swelling occurs. This is the time you can elevate your bottom to reduce swelling.

Patients can resume wearing tampons or having intercourse after four to six weeks. Trim labiaplasty generally allows for a quicker recovery.

While the most distorting swelling is gone by 6 weeks, residual swelling may take six months to disappear

During the recovery period, you will need to keep your head elevated in order to minimize swelling. Many patients opt to sleep in a recliner or propped up on a wedge or pillows. You will be encouraged to walk but must avoid heavy exercising to avoid delayed bruising and bleeding for 2-3 weeks. Sun protection is vital, especially for bruised skin and pink scars. To help yourself heal, don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.

Andrew G Silver

“Labiaplasty has become a very popular surgery over the past several years. Even though it is relatively minor surgery, it can have dramatically positive effects on self confidence and even functionality.”

– Dr. Andrew G. Silver

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