If your skin “down there” is sagging a bit (hypertrophy), or if you’re uncomfortable with the appearance of your vagina, a labiaplasty might be a beneficial solution. At Tassone Gynecology in Austin, Texas, Dr. Shawn Tassone, OB/GYN, can reconstruct your labia to make it look the way it should. After surgery and a short recovery period, you’ll surely gain a newfound confidence.
Often, an unusually shaped labia — either from age, childbirth, or genetics — can leave a woman feeling insecure, even though no one can see it. But aside from a hidden insecurity, some patients actually experience pain with an extended labia that droops down. When this sensitive skin sticks out, it gets rubbed and irritated easily, making you uncomfortable. Women who are active or ride bikes, for example, complain of pain from a sagging labia that gets irritated when working out. Labiaplasty is the surgery that can resolve these issues.
Dr. Tassone will go over your expected outcome long before you enter the surgical room. Surgery will help reconstruct and trim your labia (the skin or “lips” on the outside of your vagina). During a labiaplasty, you can have either the labia majora (outer vaginal lips) or the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) reshaped. Some patients need both reconstructed. You can expect to have the entire size and shape of your labia changed to a more asymmetrical proportionate size for your frame.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure, often requiring you to go under general anesthesia.
You should have someone around to care for you for the first 24 hours.
While you’re still in the operating room, Dr. Tassone will apply a topical antibiotic ointment and place a sanitary pad between your legs. You’ll need to continue applying the ointment about 3 times daily. Replace your pad as needed.
You may have some bleeding, which is fine. Just apply light pressure with the pad for 10 minutes to help the incision area clot.
You can take a shower or bathe 48 hours after your procedure.
Expect to be home recuperating for at least a couple days. You should be able to go about the majority of your activities within 3-4 days after your surgery. But it will likely take 4 weeks or more until you can safely lift anything heavy, or resume sexual activities.
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