While aesthetic surgery has become more popular and widely-discussed in the past few years, there is one area of treatment that is not as often talked about openly: aesthetic vaginal rejuvenation. Many people keep this topic hush-hush; however, there are numerous individuals actively seeking this procedure to feel confident. At Stephan Surgical Arts we provide skilled labiaplasty treatment in Tampa. Our surgeon is devoted to obtaining the best results and understands that seeking this treatment is a highly personal decision.
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Why do Patients Want a Labiaplasty?
Women who choose aesthetic vaginal rejuvenation do so for a variety of reasons, many of which include the following:
- Changes to the labia post-pregnancy and childbirth
- After aging creates loose labial tissue
- To correct a genetic excess in labial tissue
- To feel confident in swimsuits and intimate relationships
Regardless of their aesthetic concern, all our labiaplasty patients want to feel comfortable and confident. Excess tissue in this area can make patients feel embarrassed when wearing a swimsuit or tight-fitting pair of jeans and can even hamper their sexual life. This treatment provides a significant boost in patients’ body confidence and can also enhance sensitivity in intimate moments.
What Happens During Your Labiaplasty Procedure?
During the treatment, the labia minora and labia majora can be addressed. For some patients, it may be necessary only to treat excess tissue in one area. The surgical methods used depends on your preferences and the concerns you have expressed during your discussion with our office. Dr. Stephan offers the following techniques:
The trim method, also called the linear process, is a widely used method of aesthetically improving the vaginal area. The excess tissue is precisely removed, and the incision spans the length of the labia minora. However, the resulting scar is very well hidden and not apparent to others. This process also removes tissue that appears dark at the edges, furthering enhancing the appearance of the treatment area.
The wedge method of labiaplasty can also be provided; this is more commonly recommended for patients with excess tissue fullness in the middle portion of the labia minora, or those who have asymmetry. The incision is placed within the natural folds of tissue; the outer edge of the labia is not affected.
Both methods have their advantages and are recommended on a case-by-case basis. Sutures placed during treatment are dissolvable and will dissipate on their own; patients do not need to have their sutures removed later. With Dr. Stephan’s attention to detail, patients benefit from comfortable treatment and optimal results.
Personal and Comfortable Consultation for Aesthetic Vaginal Rejuvenation
If you feel embarrassed because of elongated labia, Stephan Surgical Arts provides consultations for labiaplasty in Tampa for determining the best way to meet your needs. Dr. Stephan is committed to professional and understanding patient care; those who visit our office feel welcome instantly. For patients considering surgery for this highly personal area of the body, our office atmosphere and friendly team immediately put them at ease.
Our Cosmetic Surgeon and team use this initial appointment as an educational opportunity, providing patients all the information they need regarding surgery, recovery, and outcomes. We understand that an informed patient is a confident patient who experiences the most satisfaction with their procedure.
What are the Complications of Labia Reduction?
All surgical procedures come with some risk, but these can be significantly reduced with Dr. Stephan’s care and expertise. During the trim treatment method, surgery can rarely create hard tissue around the incision site and decreased sensitivity of the labia minora. After a wedge labia reduction, patients may rarely experience poor wound healing. If you have any concerns about your procedure, Dr. Stephan talks openly and candidly about these during your consultation.
Our entire team is committed to your safety and well-being. Dr. Stephan is highly trained, Double Board-Certified, and creates the best possible results from labiaplasty.
Frequently Asked Questions about Labiaplasty
The ideal candidate for labiaplasty is the female with large or uneven labia minora. Enlarged labia minora can cause discomfort during physical activity or intimate relationships and can cause embarrassment when wearing tight clothing such as bathing suits. Labiaplasty has helped thousands of ladies feel more comfortable emotionally and physically.
While this can be a complication from treatment provided by an untrained professional, Dr. Stephan preserves tissue sensation by avoiding affecting the clitoris. On the contrary, without excess tissue from the labia in the way, patients often report enhanced pleasurable sensation after their surgery.
Labia reduction is an aesthetic procedure meant to improve the appearance of tissue and boost patients’ confidence. This treatment should not be considered a useful method to enhance natural lubrication or minimize incontinence. During a labiaplasty, external tissues are addressed only. During vaginal tightening, the treatment area is the vaginal canal and internal tissues.
Although the procedure is performed on a sensitive area of the body, it is a comfortable treatment that usually takes about an hour. During the procedure, the area is numbed with local anesthetic; however, patients generally elect to undergo light general anesthesia or conscious sedation during this operation for added comfort. The operation may be performed solely by numbing the area with local anesthetic, without additional anesthesia.
Anytime that an incision is placed on the skin, a scar will form. However, we take great precautions to minimize and hide scarring. During a labiaplasty operation we use specific incisions, suturing techniques, and types of suture to minimize any scarring. The incisions normally heal very well and are hidden after labiaplasty.
Sutures normally do not need to be removed after a labiaplasty operation. The sutures are almost always placed in layers under the surface of the labia and dissolve over time.
Please take multiple short walks (i.e. around the house) as soon as you feel steady on your feet. However, be very careful and do not resume any strenuous activities or have sexual intercourse for four to six weeks after having a labiaplasty performed. This will be discussed further during your postoperative visits.
Patients are generally cleared for full body exercise without restrictions by six to eight weeks after having a labiaplasty. This provides adequate time for healing. However, upper body exercises may be resumed earlier.
If the size of your labia were interfering with sexual intercourse and/or fellatio prior to your operation, you both will notice a positive difference after labiaplasty.
The risk of complications with a labiaplasty is less than 1%. The most common complications are bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve injury. This is why it is important to have the operation performed by an experienced aesthetic surgeon.
Yes. A labiaplasty will not adversely affect your ability to become pregnant.
During a labiaplasty, the labia minora are reduced in size. The clitoral hood (skin surrounding the clitoris) is not affected during a normal labiaplasty operation.
Yes. A caregiver must stay with you for 24-48 hours after having a labiaplasty performed.
Patients generally find their recuperation period to be quite comfortable and do not have to reserve extended time off from work to recover from this procedure. After two days, patients report feeling comfortable enough to return to light daily activities. Dr. Stephan provides detailed instructions regarding which medications to take and how to ease back into normal physical activities. Patients are typically cleared to resume exercise routines six weeks after surgery and sexual intercourse eight weeks after surgery.
Swelling and tenderness are to be expected. It may take several months for the swelling to recede completely. If you have concerns about your recovery, we welcome you to call our team.
Labiaplasty is generally considered a cosmetic operation and is not covered by insurance.
Unless instructed otherwise, you may shower two days after having a labiaplasty performed. This provides time for your tissues to start to heal.
Labiaplasty may be performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia alone. Although adequate analgesia can be obtained with local anesthesia (i.e. lidocaine) alone, most patients prefer general anesthesia for this operation. General anesthesia is an extremely safe and comfortable manner to have this operation performed.
Most patients return to work one week after having labiaplasty performed and many feel that they can return to work earlier than that. Recommendations for when you should return to work vary with the type of work that you perform and should be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon.
Some aesthetic practices schedule surgical consultations on the same day as the surgery. However, we do not as we believe that it is important for patients to absorb the information that is provided during consultation, perform some of their own research, and have the operation performed only once they have had time to reflect and had any additional questions answered.
If you are interested in having a labiaplasty performed, please contact us at Stephan Surgical Arts and schedule your private consultation!
Download the Labiaplasty Patient Education & Surgical Consent PDF for more information.