Labiaplasty is otherwise known as vaginal rejuvenation. There are a variety of procedures designed to improve the function and appearance of the vagina that are included in a vaginal rejuvenation procedure. The folds of skin that are located outside your vagina are called labia. Occasionally, after pregnancy, or for genetic reasons, the labia minora extends significantly past the labia majora. This can cause changes and discomfort in the aesthetic appearance of your labia. Reduction of the labia is commonly referred to as a labiaplasty. Tightening of the vagina is commonly referred to as a vaginoplasty. A number of new studies have been published on techniques for vaginal rejuvenation, which have lead to a significant increase in quality of life for the patient.
How is Labiaplasty Procedure is Performed?
Typically, the procedure uses a general anaesthetic. There are a number of different surgical techniques that can be used. To address excess labia minora, Dr. Robin Anzarut, implements a carefully designed wedge excision with a multiple layer closure. The labia are usually asymmetric and this is corrected with the excision. Excess clitoral hood will be adjusted to be proportionate to the labia minora. Sometimes liposuction or excision is used to address excess labia majora. A tightening of the vagina can occur during the initial procedure, or at a later time.
What is the Typical Recovery for Vaginal Rejuvenation?
It can take up to eight weeks. Ice packs are used for two days after the operation. One should avoid exercise for three weeks. Activities that put pressure on the vagina should be avoided for six weeks. One can have sexual intercourse after six weeks. You’ll be advise to refrain from horseback riding, yoga and motorcycle riding for up to 8 weeks.
What are the Risks of a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty carries the same risks as any procedure using general anaesthetic. Risk of infection is reduced by giving the patient antibiotics via an intravenous at the time of your operation as well as after the operation. Antibiotic cream is often applied. 2% of patients will have a slight separation at the labial edge that will subside within a few months. Dr. Anzarut performs a multiple layer closure to help reduce the risk of this. A major dehiscence is possible but rare. Skin in the area can be irritated. This tends to be resolved with the use of a steroid cream.
Timberlea Services Centre offers a wide variety of procedures. We strongly suggest you book an initial consult with Dr Anzarut to discuss what your goals are. He will review all of your options with you and answer any questions or concerns that you might have. You can call our office or request a consultation online.