Plastic surgery that is performed in the vaginal area is increasing in popularity. Women turn to these procedures for a host of reasons. Some may be seeking relief from genital pain, while others may have cosmetic concerns about the look of their vagina. Some others may be hoping to enhance their sexual satisfaction. Today we’re discussing one of the most popular of these procedures – labiaplasty surgery in Arizona.
Labiaplasty surgery is used to trim and shape the vagina’s inner lips, outer lips or both. The inner lips are the flaps of skin that cover the clitoris and vagina. The outer lips are the parts of the labia on the outside of the body. They may be elongated or asymmetrical as a result of sexual intercourse, childbirth, genetics or the aging process.
1. There are many reasons someone might be a candidate for labiaplasty. For some women, the inner lips are so large that they have trouble inserting a tampon or they experience inflammation, painful sex or chafing. Those can be strong signs that you’re a good candidate for labiaplasty surgery in Arizona.
Another good indication is if a woman is psychologically distraught by the appearance of her labia, and that distress is not due to another psychological issue, such as body image issues they might have in general. A lot of women who come in to have the procedure are struggling with these image issues. Also, sometimes there are women who have one labia that is enlarged and the other one isn’t, which could be a sign that they need the treatment if it’s problematic.
2. The procedure is quite complex but also relatively quick. There is more than one way to perform labiaplasty surgery in Arizona, but it usually takes place in a same-day surgical unit under anesthesia. The patient then recovers for a few hours before they are sent home.
Depending on the patient’s individual needs, there are many different types of procedures used to reduce the size of the labia, or make it more symmetrical or flush with the vagina. That could include taking a wedge out of the labia surgically or removing the part that looks excessive. The procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how detailed it is or if you have to do both sides of the labia.
3. The recovery process is quite intense and involved. Some patients underestimate the recuperation time following labiaplasty surgery in Arizona. In some instances, dissolvable sutures are used during surgery so nothing has to be removed. At times, it is recommended that patients take a sitz bath during which a small plastic tub is placed over the toilet with warm water and Epsom salts so the patient can soak their bottom.
They can then use a hair dryer to dry the area with cool air, so moisture doesn’t remain there and also to lower the chance of infection. Patients are typically instructed to complete this routine two or three times a day for at least a week or two and wear a tight garment so nothing gets chafed during the day and then a loose garment at night. Along with antibiotics, patients should schedule one or two follow-up visits to make sure the area is healing well.
4. It’s not typically covered by insurance. If the patient has a congenital condition – such as vulvitis or pain during sex – that truly needs to be fixed, sometimes it will be covered by insurance. But if it’s purely for cosmetic purposes, they typically will not cover it and you’ll have to pay out of pocket.
If you would like to determine if you are a candidate for labiaplasty surgery in Arizona – for medical or cosmetic reasons – call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s talk about your options!