There are a variety of reasons why a woman may opt for labiaplasty, which is a procedure to reshape the folds of skin surrounding the vaginal opening. Some are a matter of personal aesthetic preference. For example, a woman with elongated or prominent labial tissue may feel embarrassed of the way her genitalia looks. Other reasons for pursuing surgery are because of functional problems caused by excessive labial tissue — i.e., trouble wearing tight-fitting clothing or physical discomfort while riding a bike.
Whatever a woman’s reasons for wanting labiaplasty, Dr. Genaro Valladolid is an experienced plastic surgeon who wants to help. He has helped many women benefit from an improved appearance and increased personal comfort. The quality of his results are very natural and patient satisfaction is consistently high.
Women who experience self-consciousness or discomfort due to the size and/or shape of their labia may be great candidates for labiaplasty. Some candidates are genetically pre-disposed to large labia; others find their labia stretches out or becomes more prominent with the passage of time or after having children.
To qualify for surgery, candidates should be in good overall health and have reasonable expectations of the procedure.
Dr. Valladolid meets with every labiaplasty candidate to discuss their goals and explain what the procedure can do for them. A physical examination is normally part of the consultative process, too.
Labiaplasty is performed on an outpatient basis and can be done under general or local anesthesia.
There are two ways to perform labiaplasty. The first is the trim method, in which excess tissue is removed from the edges of the labia, and the remaining tissue sewn up. The other is the wedge method, in which a V or pie-shaped wedge of tissue is removed from the labia and the edges of the remaining skin are sewn together. The wedge approach preserves the natural border of the labia.
Dr. Valladolid discusses the pros and cons of each approach with every candidate to decide what is best for her individual circumstances.
After labiaplasty, the genital area is usually swollen, bruised and sore. Prescription or over-the-counter pain medication can help to alleviate discomfort, and plenty of rest is recommended. Icing the genitals can help reduce swelling and pain.
Dr. Valladolid sees patients at his office during recovery to check on their healing progress and recommend when to resume work, exercise and other normal activities. He can also discuss any aftereffects or symptoms the patient experiences and answer questions.
Most patients return to work within five to seven days and exercise within three to four weeks. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for four to six weeks.
If you are bothered by the look or feel of elongated or prominent labia, you might be a great candidate for labiaplasty with Dr. Valladolid. Schedule a consultation with the surgeon at our Scottsdale or Mesa offices by calling (480) 770-5015 to learn more.