Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces the size or changes the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina (the labia minora) or the larger lips (labia majora). Often women are born with large or irregular shaped labia. Others develop this condition after childbirth or with aging. The appearance of the enlarged labia can cause discomfort when wearing tight clothing, embarrassment with a sexual partner, and discomfort during intercourse or exercise.
The labiaplasty procedure usually lasts between one to two hours and in most cases it is an outpatient procedure. You will have had a consultation with Dr Mang at which time you will discuss the procedure, your desired results and expectations. You will also discuss the best option for you anesthesia. Various methods can be utilized during the procedure. The technique that is best for each individual patient will be decided during the consultation. On the day of your surgery, after the anesthesia is administered Dr. Mang will incise the excess tissue with a scalpel or in some cases he may opt for the diepithelailisation method, which involves the removal of the epithelial layers on either side of the labia.
Before you undergo labiapasty Dr. Mang and his staff will spend time with you discussing your expectations for the procedure, giving you details of what can be achieved, and the risks associated with the surgery. If you are a desirable candidate for the procedure Dr. Mang and his team will take all the time that is needed to advise you on how to prepare in the days leading up to you surgery. Vaginal surgeries cannot be performed when you are on your period; therefore it is very important that you plan your surgery around your cycle.
Work: Most patients are back to work within a couple of days after labiaplasty surgery. If a high level of activity is required for your job, speak to your doctor about a time frame that will be appropriate for you to return to work.
Discomfort: After the surgery some moderate discomfort can be expected. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize the discomfort. However if discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: The recovery after labiaplasty takes about one to two weeks. Some light bleeding may occur during the first day after surgery, and patients may feel a bit sore. Bruising and mild swelling may also occur but usually diminish within one to two days.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.