Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the female genitalia. Some women seek this opportunity to improve their appearance and ultimately feel satisfied with their body, while some seek changes for physical discomfort or medical reasons. Women generally ask about Labiaplasty if they have experienced changes from childbirth, friction from athletic activities, sexual discomfort or embarrassment, or hygienic problems. Labiaplasty can eliminate these issues for many women or simply enhance their self-confidence.

What is Labiaplasty?

The Labiaplasty procedure involves the reshaping or reducing the size of the vaginal lips. A board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Bohley, is the best option for this type of procedure. During this procedure, the labia minora are reduced in size and then sutured with dissolvable stitches. Surgical options are also offered for reducing the size of the labia majora if this is also a concern of the patient. A vaginal hoodectomy may also be performed at the same time, which involves reducing the size of the hood of skin covering the clitoris, which in turn further exposes the clitoris for increasing sexual stimulation.

Labiaplasty is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia with sedation. The procedure can usually be completed in an hour or two, depending on the patient’s needs.

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

Women who have experienced considerable labial changes or damage like tears during pregnancy can be ideal candidates for Labiaplasty. Women who are experiencing physical discomfort while exercising, sitting, or during sexual intercourse can also benefit from Labiaplasty. There are women in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon who have always felt they had irregular or large labia minora or majora. Though Dr. Bohley stresses that there is no standard shape or look for a woman’s vagina, there are many women who are dissatisfied with their prominent labia.

What is recovery like from Labiaplasty?

Following your procedure, you will have to abstain from intercourse for about a month. There will be swelling and tenderness that lasts for a few weeks with possible bruising on and around the labia.

You will be prescribed pain medications and antibiotics in order to reduce any risks of infection following your surgery. Dr. Bohley suggests avoiding any strenuous exercises for about three weeks. You must also avoid using tampons for the first 10 days post-surgery, however, you will need to wear a pad for a week due to minimal bleeding that may occur.

What results can I expect from this procedure?

Since the appearance of the female genitals vary from one patient to the next, the results are dependent on the individual and their desires. Dr. Bohley’s main goal is to maintain sensitivity while achieving the desired aesthetic shape and size.

It takes about three to four months before you can see your final long-term results, but most of the healing is complete within six to eight weeks.

Whatever your reason for choosing Labiaplasty, most women regain their confidence with the youthful appearance of their labia post-surgery. Patients often find that physical comfort and their sexual experience are both improved once the excessive labial tissue has been removed. This isn’t a decision you want to rush into, so contact Dr. Bohley’s office today to book your consultation and discuss your options. Do your homework and review the information Dr. Bohley provides you about the procedure and its associated implications and risks.