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WHAT IS LABIAPLASTY?
Labiaplasty is an increasingly popular surgical procedure, offered by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Elsa Raskin, that reduces the size of enlarged or elongated labia minora (inner lips) and labia majora (outer lips) in order to improve the appearance and comfort of the female genital area. Patients can learn more about labiaplasty at the Greenwich Plastic Surgery Center by arranging a consultation.
WHY GET LABIAPLASTY?
A popular reason for receiving labiaplasty is to improve the appearance of the genital area. Many women feel embarrassed about the size of their labia, leading to low self-confidence, feeling old, and inhibiting their sex lives. Labiaplasty can give them the confidence they need to feel good about their appearance again and can improve their overall outlook on life.
Discomfort caused by elongated or enlarged labia is another reason many women choose to have a labiaplasty procedure. This is especially popular among more athletic women who experience pain when horseback riding or riding a bike. Some women with enlarged or elongated labia experience discomfort when simply wearing jeans, which can result in painful chafing of the genital area.
To be an appropriate candidate for labiaplasty, patients must be in good overall health. Non-smokers will need to quit before their procedure in order to avoid complications. When it comes to results, it is important to have realistic expectations.
“I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. Elsa Raskin FOR ANY COSMETIC PROCEDURE.”
Dr. Raskin and her team were so wonderful, welcoming and reassuring. I felt like I really bonded with each of them, especially Tammy the nurse! Thanks so much for making the entire procedure go so smoothly. I am so glad I did this, I feel a lot more confident!SP, Labioplasty
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Before a date can be set for your labiaplasty procedure, you will need to meet with Dr. Raskin and discuss the details of the surgery. You will talk to Dr. Raskin about your goals for the procedure, along with your complete medical history. She will tell you about the procedure and will perform an examination. Finally, she will create a surgical plan for your labiaplasty.
Patients who have any questions about the procedure should feel free to ask them during the consultation to get as much information as they can. If there are concerns regarding specific topics such as the cost of the procedure, this would be the perfect time to bring them up.
THE LABIAPLASTY PROCEDURE
Labiaplasty is a simple procedure that only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to perform. The patient is given either a general or local anesthesia.
There are two different types of labiaplasty: the trim technique and the wedge technique. For both methods, all incisions will be naturally camouflaged.
For the trim technique, the doctor makes an incision to remove tissue at the inner labia’s outer edges. This makes the inner labia shorter than or even with the outer labia. This option offers a shorter recovery process.
The second technique is the wedge technique. During this method, Dr. Raskin removes a V-shaped wedge of labial tissue and then stitches the incision’s edges back together. Once the incisions are closed, they are then cleaned and dressed.
In most cases, there is minimal bleeding and swelling. An ice pack can be used to address swelling. There will be some initial temporary numbing in the site where the surgeon made the incision; this will fade over time. Typical recovery time after labiaplasty is about two to five days, with the sutures dissolving in about seven to 10 days. Pain is minimal, and patients can resume sexual activity within a few weeks. Tampon use can be resumed around this time as well.
During the recovery period, patients are advised to avoid physically demanding activities. Patients must take time off from work, typically around one week. Patients will need to follow the instructions provided when caring for the affected areas to encourage fast and safe healing.
Once all swelling has completely resolved, patients can enjoy the full results of their labiaplasty surgery.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Patients who receive labiaplasty tend to be very happy with the results. However, as with most surgeries, there is some risk involved. These risks include abnormal bleeding, infection, and a slight chance of cosmetic deformity. Details regarding potential complications can be discussed during the consultation.
HOW MUCH DOES LABIAPLASTY COST?
The price of an individual’s labiaplasty procedure is based on the specific details of their surgery. The amount of time required to perform the procedure, the techniques chosen, the anesthesia used, and the amount of tissue removed can all play a role in determining cost.
SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION
Arrange a consultation with Dr. Elsa Raskin to discuss the details of your labiaplasty at the Greenwich Plastic Surgery Center. To set up a consultation, contact our office today.