Labiaplasty is a procedural plastic surgery operation wherein the labia majora, or the outer part of the labia, and the labia minora, or the inner part of the labia, are altered. The vulva’s many folds of skin are reduced and beautified as the end result. Vaginal plastic surgery also has many names, some of them are termed “Vaginoplasty“, “Labioplasty“, “Labial Reduction” and “Labia Minor Reduction“.
Labiaplasty Before and After
A woman’s genitals are collectively called the vulva. The vulva consists of the inner and outer labia (as mentioned above), the vagina, the urethra and the clitoris.
The shape, complexion and size of a woman’s labia is different from one another. This uniqueness is due to a number of reasons- it could be hidden by a larger labia, could become larger as the organ is aroused, or it could be lighter in hue. The size can and usually change with sexual frequency and through childbirth. Aging is also a considerable factor, as well as lifestyle changes such as genital piercings.
Women who consider cosmetic genital surgery such as labiaplasty either undergo such a procedure for cosmetic or congenital reasons. Those who are suffering from conditions and abnormalities such as intersex, Mullerian agenesis, vaginal atresia, or individuals who wish to correct a physical impairment or simply change the appearance to make it more appealing can take advantage of this procedure.
This type of plastic surgery is most carried with care and enjoys a large success rate. Instances in which labiaplasty gone wrong are very few and far in-between; in fact, most women are satisfied with the end results of the procedure.
How much would a labiaplasty cost? The answer depends on the location (country, state) and according to the operating surgeon or surgery clinic. The cost ranges of a typical labiaplasty is somewhere between $3,000 to $10,000. Keep in mind that there are other types of vaginal plastic surgery and the price range for those differ as well.
When considering a labiaplasty procedure, the cost should not be the deciding factor.
Finally, the question of whether labiaplasty covered by insurance will be answered here. In most cases, insurance will not cover cosmetic alterations, but it would be better to check with your insurance provider to get an exact answer.
This type of labiaplasty technique involves cutting the epithelium of the labium minus, or the small lip using medical-grade laser or manually with a precision scalpel. The pros of utilizing this technique is its ability to preserve the overall rugosity of the labia minora and its inherent erectile and sensory properties.
Labiaplasty with Clitoral Unhooding
The clitoral hood (clitoral prepuce) is re-sectioned in order to make it more aesthetically appealing, or removed as part of clearing a woman’s interference with sexual responses. The V-to-Y advancement sutures the clitoral hood up a woman’s midline pubic bone, further tightening the labia minora and uncovering the clitoris.
Labiaplasty by De-Epitheliazation
The labia minora’s natural rugosity is retained by surgically cutting off unwanted epithelial tissues, preserving tumescent and physical sensation capabilities. A clamp-resection method is added when there is too much labial tissue. Women with redundant labia folds often undergo an added surgical procedure called jumping man plasty, where the surgeon tries to establish symmetry for the labia minora.
This normally involves a laser resectioning of the labia minora as part of the de-epithelialization process. This method is fast gaining popularity, but at an added risk of incurring epidermal inclusion cysts.
Central Wedge Resectioning Technique
This type of labial reduction technique involves removal and cutting of sections, or “wedges” of tissue from the labium minus’ thickest parts. The technique also preserves the overall natural rugosity of the labia minora. Full resection procedures have a risk of incurring labial nerve damage, resulting in numbness or neuromas. The partial removal type only removes part of the skin and mucosa, leaving the submucosa mostly intact. Z-plasty techniques work in conjunction with this technique, which diminishes any physical exertion on the wound. This technique also reduces the chances of acquiring a notched scar. Note that central wedge resectioning requires a more careful approach than most, as a mistake can lead to either overcorrection or undercorrection with an increased risk of surgical wound separation. The pros of this technique is it produces a more appealing contour, and the operation doesn’t touch the highly sensitive clitoris area.
Edge Resectioning Technique
This labial reduction is perhaps the most traditional and closest to the original labiaplasty procedure. It is a simple resectioning of tissues that are located at the labia minora’s free edge. A clamp is placed across the labial area to stop the blood flow, then the surgeon adjusts accordingly. The cut labia minora or labium minus is then sutured back and allowed to heal. The edge resectioning is the simplest and most direct vaginal plastic surgery available. As fast as this labiaplasty may be, it is offset by the loss of the labia minora’s wrinkliness, giving off an unnatural look. The labia’s inner lining may also turn outwards, exposing the pink inner labia tissues. Edge resectioning fixes a hyper-pigmented labial tissue, but it is not recommended if the patient wishes to undergo a clitoral hood surgery as well.
How To Exercise Care Post-Operation
Most hospitals and surgery clinics are able to perform the vaginal plastic surgery in a day, and recommend a send-home right after the procedure. Pain after the operation is done should be minimal at most, with no need for any vaginal packing. Women who feel different may wear sanitary pads for cushioning and comfort. The reduced labia is as of this time swollen because of the anesthetic applied to the tissue.
Proper care should be observed, and the patient will be educated about proper cleansing and application of topical antibiotics which should be done two or three times a day.
Women are advised to see their surgeons a week after the labiaplasty. The surgeon will check for hematoma and other dangerous conditions. If all is well, then the patient may resume regular work within a week following vaginal plastic surgery. Furthermore, the patient is instructed not to use tampons, tight clothes and not to have sexual intercourse for a month or so.