Cosmetic surgery can correct issues that might make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance. A common issue bothering women in Houston and Lake Jackson is one of the hardest to talk about: dissatisfaction with the appearance of the vagina due to excess external tissue (labia minora). At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, we offer labiaplasty to help ease this dissatisfaction and improve the overall appearance of your vagina. We tailor each patient’s treatment to suit their individual goals.
Labiaplasty, also called vaginal rejuvenation surgery, removes excess skin on the inner labia, shortening and tightening the tissues and ensuring symmetry between the two sides and ultimately improving the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia.
Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett customize each surgery depending on the exact issues for each patient. While dissatisfaction over the appearance of the vagina is often difficult for women to discuss, advances in labiaplasty surgery now make it possible to restore a more cosmetically-appealing appearance to this area of the body with minimal downtime.
Moreover and just as importantly, many women develop chafing and irritation due to externally protruding folds of tissue that are uncomfortable in clothing. The area can also be sensitive with some types of recreation like bicycling and horseback riding. Sexual activity can be not only embarrassing, but uncomfortable.
Reasons to Choose Labiaplasty
According to data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, labiaplasty increased 44 percent between 2013 and 2017. We suspect this has to do with word of mouth. Women who have had the surgery, notably here in Houston and Lake Jackson, are telling their friends that labiaplasty delivers great results. There is no shame in rejuvenating your vagina, and this new openness is changing the conversation.
It is also important to remember that issues associated with the vagina occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes these issues are simply anatomical and unique to you—as simple as the way you happen to be designed. Our doctors have performed surgery on women as young as 17 who had no children and and women up into their 70’s.
Here are a few reasons your vagina may not look the way you would like it to:
- Hormone changes
- Prior surgery or trauma
Thanks to the sheer number of women who have gone before you and now talk about the benefits of labiaplasty, it is possible to have a more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable vagina without the negative connotations you might have once associated with this type of surgery.
Ideal Candidates for Labiaplasty
As mentioned, labiaplasty is more than a cosmetic procedure; distended or lengthened labia can also be painful—pulling and rubbing against clothing. In even moderate cases of lengthened labia, chafing and irritation can be constant and interfere with activities such as walking, running, cycling, etc.
You might want to consider this procedure if:
- Your labia causes you pain or discomfort while sitting, exercising or performing other normal activities.
- You feel self-conscious about the way you look.
- The appearance of your labia has caused you such shame that you avoid sexual intimacy.
- You’re suffering from damage to your labia from childbirth or an accident.
The Labiaplasty Process
Initially, you will meet with one of our doctors, who always take the time to make their Houston and Lake Jackson patients feel comfortable. At this stage, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice your concerns about your labiaplasty procedure.
Labiaplasty can be safely performed under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia, if desired.
Different Types of Labiaplasty
Because the cosmetic issues affecting the appearance of your vagina are unique to you, your surgery will be customized to deliver optimal results. Our doctors spend a great deal of time with their patients in Houston and Lake Jackson to ensure that options and likely outcomes are understood. There are different techniques to address the outer and inner labia and the technique will be individualized for your specific needs. Here are some examples of procedures that treat different areas of the vagina:
- Fat grafting to the labia majora
- Labia majora reduction
- Trim labiaplasty
- Wedge labiaplasty
- Clitoral hood reduction
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Recovering From Labiaplasty
Houston and Lake Jackson patients may experience some discomfort and soreness at first, but the medications prescribed by our doctors will make you more comfortable during recovery. Most people take about one week off work to rest and recover. During this time, you will be icing and taking the pressure off your vagina. You will be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent infection. Always be careful to follow the instructions given for aftercare, which you will be instructed in detail at your preop appointment. While the labiaplasty is relatively low risk, complications during recovery are always possible.
During labiaplasty recovery, Houston and Lake Jackson women may also be advised to abstain from sexual intercourse for at least six weeks while the tissues heal. Every case is unique, so be sure to discuss any questions you might have with our medical team during your consultation.
Schedule a Consultation Today at Our Houston or Lake Jackson Office
At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, we offer a highly effective labiaplasty procedure tailored to suit your individual desires. Whether you want to improve the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia or ease the irritation caused by lengthened or distended labia, our doctors will remedy both of these issues and ensure that the results are symmetrical and attractive.
Town and Country Plastic Surgeons has locations in Lake Jackson and Houston, Texas. Contact us today at (281) 326-9240 to schedule a consultation and find out how labiaplasty surgery can help improve your confidence and enhance your feminine wellness.