While the female form can take many beautiful shapes, some women feel bothered if their inner labia (labia minora) extends past their outer labia. More than purely a cosmetic concern, a significantly longer labia minora can cause considerable discomfort during intercourse or other activities. Despite this being a normal part of the female anatomy, this common concern can also impact self-confidence in the bedroom or when wearing a swimsuit. The highly reputable and board-certified surgeons at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery provide patients with such concerns a refined look and enhanced comfort with labiaplasty in Houston, Texas.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure performed to shorten the length of the labia minora so that it is flush with the outer labia (or labia majora). Labiaplasty involves removing a small section of tissue to achieve a more refined and less inhibitive shape, minimizing irritation and cosmetic concerns related to the inner labia, including asymmetry.
The benefits of Houston labiaplasty surgery are far-reaching, with the ability to positively affect your comfort, self-confidence, and clothing options.
During your labiaplasty Houston plastic surgeons at our clinic can significantly decrease the amount of tissue protruding from your outer labia and target darkened areas for a more youthful and attractive appearance. Not only can you expect enhanced sexual confidence, but you can also look forward to increased sexual pleasure, free of pinching or tugging. Lastly, with a lower-profile labia, you will be able to confidently wear tight-fitting clothes, like swimsuits or yoga pants, without feeling self-conscious. Labiaplasty boasts an impressive 90% patient satisfaction rate.
The ideal candidate for labiaplasty is any adult in generally good health who would like to shorten the length of their labia minora for either cosmetic or functional reasons. In addition, candidates should have a positive outlook on their procedure and feel excited to invest in their physical comfort, sexual wellness, and overall quality of life.
In the time leading up to your labiaplasty, there are a few things you may do to reduce your risk of complications and ensure that the day of your surgery goes as smoothly as possible. Firstly, your Houston plastic surgeon may direct you to avoid NSAIDs and adjust any medications you may be taking that could potentially impair healing. You may also fill any prescriptions given to you by your surgeon so that you will already have them on hand when you head home after your procedure. You will also need to arrange for a trusted companion, friend, or family member to drive you home and provide care after surgery.
The Day of Surgery
Depending on your specific needs, you may receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation for your procedure.
As soon as you are ready to undergo your surgery comfortably, your surgeon will begin trimming away excess tissue from your inner labia using one of two different incision techniques. The edge technique (also called trim or linear labiaplasty) is the more commonly used technique of the two. It involves simply trimming the excess tissue away from each side of the labia minora linearly. One advantage to this approach is that it may remove darker tissue near the edges of the labia. The wedge technique, by contrast, involves the removal of a “V”-shaped wedge from either side of the labia, reducing its length without altering the natural edge. After removing the excess tissue to create your ideal shape, your surgeon will close your incisions. As soon as the effects of your anesthesia wear off, your companion will be able to drive you home to recover.
You should plan to stay home from work for at least one week to allow yourself time to heal. While you will likely need pain medication for a few days after your procedure, recovery after labiaplasty is quick, and most patients experience no complications. You will need to wear loose-fitting, comfy clothes and a light pad to absorb bleeding. Within a month of your surgery, you will be back to all of your regular activities.
While you will notice an immediate improvement in the length of your inner labia in comparison to the outer labia, your full results will appear as your incisions heal. As this area of the body generally heals very well, scarring is typically very minimal or undetectable. You can achieve your best results with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in labiaplasty.
If you are ready to take the next step toward eliminating problems caused by a redundant inner labia, please get in touch with our office so we can assist you with scheduling your consultation for labiaplasty in Houston, Texas.
Will my insurance cover labiaplasty surgery?
Generally, labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not eligible for insurance coverage. However, there are some exceptions. For example, patients with chronic irritation, congenital conditions, or excess testosterone related to an elongated labia minora may qualify for coverage. If you are unsure whether your surgery may be considered medically necessary, you can discuss this issue with your surgeon during your initial consultation.
Will labiaplasty surgery reduce sensation?
It is unlikely that you will experience any loss of sensation as a result of labiaplasty. This is due to the structure of the nerve network in the labia. With no loss of sensation and reduced discomfort, labiaplasty generally contributes to a greatly improved sex life.
Will I have to have my stitches removed?
No. Your surgeon will use dissolvable sutures to close your labiaplasty incisions to contribute to an easy and worry-free recovery.
How painful is this procedure?
Perhaps surprisingly to some, labiaplasty is not an especially painful procedure. You will experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the days following your procedure. However, these conditions will resolve quickly. You will be up and moving soon after your surgery and able to return to work in a week.