Labiaplasty Cosmetic Surgery
Southwest Plastic Surgery labiaplasty surgery is growing in popularity as a cosmetic procedure, due to women seeking a solution for their cosmetic concerns ‘down there’. Although it still remains one of those “hush-hush” surgeries that people don’t often discuss, labiaplasty surgery is necessary for some women who:
- Want relief from genital pain
- Are self-conscious about the way their vagina looks to their partner
- Want to enhance sexual fulfillment
- Just want to keep things trim below the belt
So what is labiaplasty, exactly?
This is a surgical procedure that is used to shape, trim and improve the appearance of the inner and outer lips of the vagina. The inner flaps are known as labia minora, which cover the clitoris and protects the vagina. The outside of the vagina is called the labia majora, and this is an area that can become distorted, elongated or stretched from childbearing, sexual intercourse, aging or simply genetics.
Dr. Frank Agullo’s private plastic surgery practice is based in El Paso, Texas. He is fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, among other prestigious titles. You are in good hands for a labiaplasty with Dr. Agullo and his fine Southwest Plastic Surgery team.
Cosmetic labiaplasty procedures
The labiaplasty is typically performed as a rejuvenation procedure to tighten and pretty up the vaginal area. The resulting cosmetic and functional results can be very beneficial to a woman’s self esteem. The procedure can entail use of scissors, a laser or scalpel and other tools to shorten the labia minora and reduce or enhance the labia majora through liposuction or fat injections, if needed. Although it sounds painful, many women go through this very common procedure under local anesthesia and the surgery only lasts about 1 hour.
Some people need clarification about the term labiaplasty since it can implicate different variations of genital surgery. Some people choose to get a reduction of the labia minora, while others simply limit the procedure to the clitoral hood to restructure the shape and dimensions. Another procedure deals with problems affecting the external part of the vagina (the labia majora). At times, a repair of the muscles is necessary to tighten the external vaginal opening.
Here are the commonly applied procedures explained:
- Labia minora Reduction This is the most frequently asked for type of labiaplasty that is used to reduce the length or size of the labia minora, also called a “reduction”. At one time this now common surgical procedure was called the “trim or strip” method and was only used for medical necessities prior to the late 1990’s, however moving into the next generation the “wedge” or “V” method was introduced as more of a cosmetic desire. The trim is still the simplest and most widely used form of labiaplasty in which a long strip of the labium is removed. This procedure is often used to obtain the “Barbie” look.
- The Wedge method became popular in Beverly Hills (where else?) and is used to reduce both the length and size of the labia by removing the V-shape of the unwanted skin, resulting in an open space that is sutured together to form a straight line. This procedure results in no visible scarring and preserves the normal appearance and pigmentation on the external border of the female genitalia.
- A hoodectomy lifts the clitoral hood literally out of the way by removing a portion of it, subsequently placing the clitoris in plain sight. Some say that this technique works well to enhance sexual stimulation of the clitoris, which is also the primary motivator for women who ask for this operation.
- Vaginal tightening. This is performed by repairing the muscles of the external vagina to produce tightening. It can be combined with any of the before mentioned procedures.
The best way to determine which labiaplasty is right for you will depend on your own personal attributes and reasons for wanting to get cosmetic surgery. You can meet with Dr. Agullo for a confidential consultation and seek counsel as to the best decision for you, individually.
Preparing for and recovering from labiaplasty
Most patients have labiaplasty as a sole procedure and have local anesthesia or “twilight” IV sedation. The cosmetic labiaplasty only takes about one hour and can be done as an outpatient visit within an accredited health care facility, such as the office of Dr. Agullo in El Paso, TX.
For at least a week before your labiaplasty surgery, you will have to stop drinking and smoking. You should also stop taking any medications that could lead to complications with blood clots, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory or non-steroidal drugs. These medications all increase the chance of abnormal bleeding. Even some common herbal products such as omega-3 fatty acids or ginkgo biloba and Vitamin E can pose a greater risk, so please inform your doctor of any daily medication and products that you normally use and he will instruct you accordingly.
It is not advisable to have sex the day before the labiaplasty, even though you will be required to refrain from sexual intercourse after your surgery for at least four weeks during the healing process. You need to give this area proper rest and make sure it is not enlarged for the procedures, as well as letting the swelling diminish with an adequate recovery time.
Are there any risks to labiaplasty?
Lucky for you, labiaplasty is considered to be a very minor cosmetic surgery that is relatively safe and simple to do. The most common risks associated with labiaplasty include bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, irritation or having an incision rupture.
After the healing runs its course, there is the potential need for alterations in very rare instances. You may experience a change in sensation (either more sensation or less). There could also be noticeable asymmetry or changes in pigmentation, however Dr. Agullo can discuss any concerns you have both before and after your Southwest Plastic Surgery labiaplasty surgery.
Cost for labiaplasty
Many doctors prefer not to disclose the cost of labiaplasty in Texas and New Mexico on their websites. Although we can’t quote anything firm until we see you for a consultation because the cost will greatly depend upon how extensive the work will entail, you can plan on labiaplasty costing approximately $2,500 – $5,500, depending on the number of procedures necessary and the type of anesthesia.
Dr. Agullo’s practice serves the Southwest, including Southwest Texas (El Paso), New Mexico (Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Alamogordo), and northern Mexico (Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez).
Is labiaplasty in your future? Schedule a consultation to find out if this solution is right for you!