Labiaplasty Can Offer a Variety of Benefits
A labiaplasty is performed to rejuvenate the labia. The procedure is not talked about as much as other procedures since many women have a problem discussing genital problems openly. The procedure is used to re-shape the labia minora, labia majora, reduce clitoral hood coverage and increased volume, and more. The procedure can help women improve their confidence and have a better sex life.
Many women undergo a vaginoplasty along with a labiaplasty. A vaginoplasty tightens the vagina for better sexual satisfaction along with other medical reasons. A vaginoplasty is often performed on women who have given birth and had subsequent damage to the interior muscles of the vagina.
The benefits of a labiaplasty are not as apparent as other procedures. Instead, the improvement comes in the form of better self-confidence and a better body image. Disproportionate labia can cause numerous problems while wearing tight pants, bikinis and workout gear. They might also lead to functional problems while working out and during sexual intercourse.
Partners of those who have undergone a labiaplasty will notice that their sexual confidence has been improved along with sexual stimulation. The short procedure can do heaps of wonders for the woman and her partner.
A labiaplasty can be performed using local anesthetics and oral sedation. Once the patient is comfortably numb, the doctor uses a scalpel or a laser to reshape the labia as preferred and close the open wounds using dis-solvable sutures.
For women that also want to reduce the clitoral hood, the labia minora will also be reshaped during the surgery. The entire procedure takes one to two hours and many patients get the procedure done as an out-patient surgery.
After a labiaplasty, it is important for the woman to wear loose clean clothing and underwear. The area has to be cleaned regularly to avoid infections and keep side effects away. The clothing and underwear must not rub against the skin too much as it can cause serious discomfort and hinder healing. When women are menstruating during this period, they are advised to use sanitary pads instead of tampons.
There are no dressings or bandages applied after a labiaplasty. The dissolvable sutures are all that is necessary to keep the healing skin protected. Therefore, activities like showering and washing can be continued the day after the procedure along with other light, daily activities. Although there is only minimal pain involved after the procedure, in some cases painkillers might be prescribed.
Typically, the skin will take about a month to heal fully. Sexual activity can be resumed after a month of the procedure. However, most women are able to go back to work four days to a week after the surgery. There might be minor swelling and bruising in the area, directly after the procedure. If these symptoms continue for more than a week, it is important to consult your doctor to make sure that there are no problems.
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