Whether due to childbirth, aging, weight changes, or just being “born that way,” irregularities or asymmetries of the labia minora can lead to aesthetic and functional difficulties. In addition, many women are uncomfortable with the size or fullness of their outer vaginal lips, the labia majora. Both of these areas can be improved with a relatively simple and well-tolerated surgery called labiaplasty.
What is Labiaplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure where the labia are altered in size and appearance in order to address physical discomfort, aesthetic concerns, or conditions that have existed with the vulva since birth. Depending on your individual concerns, SHarper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offer the following surgeries:
- Reduction of the labia minora (Labiaplasty)
- Reduction or enhancement of the labia majora
- Removal of clitoral hooding
- Volume injections with fat grafting or fillers
- Vaginal Rejuvenation/Labiaplasty Procedures, Risks, and Recovery
Who Should Receive Labiaplasty?
The labiaplasty procedure is best for women who experience inflammation, painful sex, or chafing, which can occur when the labia minora, or inner lips, are so large that it can be difficult to insert a tampon, for example.
There are also instances where patients can be upset by the appearance of their labia, or where one of the labia is larger than the other, which can indicate a need for this form of treatment. Women who tend to pursue labiaplasty include those who experience physical discomfort, as well as those who are born with congenital conditions requiring surgery.
There are also cases where women have difficulty reaching orgasm, or otherwise experience sexual dissatisfaction, and labiaplasty can help with this. The procedure can be recommended for those who experience urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, or loss of vaginal tone following menopause.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty may require patients to take a week off from work. During this time, they can reduce pain and swelling by applying cold ice packs between the patient’s underpants and an elastic garment. This can be done every twenty minutes until the condition improves. The patient can also lie down by keeping her bottom elevated for the swelling to subside.
Patients can get back to wearing tampons or having sexual intercourse after four to six weeks of the surgery. Trim labiaplasty usually promotes quicker recovery of the patient. The most distorting and painful swelling is gone by six weeks, but residual swelling may take about six months to go.
However, there are also a few measures you can take to speed up your recovery after labiaplasty. Generally, it is a good idea to minimize the physical activity of any sort after the surgery. Inflammation in the area can be managed with cold compresses, while itching can be controlled with witch hazel cooling pads. You should also make sure you ask your doctor before applying anything to the surgical area. Also, make sure you go for the follow-up meetings with your surgeon for assessing your healing.
Cost of Labiaplasty in Indianapolis
Comparing the average cost of labiaplasty in Indianapolis to other areas of the country, patients will find that the prices are in line with the national average. However, when you’re looking for the best labiaplasty Indianapolis has to offer, you don’t want to go to the cheapest plastic surgeon—you might not get the results you were expecting. That’s why you want an expert plastic surgeon like Dr. Harper. Every patient is different, and since the actual cost of labiaplasty can vary so widely from patient to patient, the best thing to do is to come in for a personalized consultation with Dr. Harper for an estimate of how much your procedure may ultimately cost.
Indianapolis Labiaplasty Consultation
One of Dr. Stanley Harper’s goals is to ensure a safe and quick recovery. As with any surgical procedure, there can be risks, but the team at SHarper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery values patient trust and satisfaction. A consultation with Dr. Stanley Harper is always the first step in the vaginal rejuvenation process.