What is a Labiaplasty?
Our team frequently hears from women who feel uncomfortable or embarrassed to talk about their most intimate feminine questions. At Skin Science Soul, we are proud to have an all-female surgery staff that truly understands what it means to provide great care and understanding regarding such sensitive topics. One of the most frequent procedures inquired about is a labiaplasty. A labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of the labia minora or majora or correction of labial asymmetries. If you have an enlarged labia minora or majora, or laxity of labia tissue, you may understand the discomfort that comes from everyday activities like riding a bike. Some women also experience embarrassment while wearing form-fitting clothing, like yoga pants or bathing suits. Women can also be very self-conscious about the size of their labia and this feeling can interfere with the enjoyment of their sexual life When women first come in to consult with Dr. Sholar regarding these issues, they are often nervous and somewhat embarrassed. However, you are not alone and that there is a surgical solution that can be performed in the comfort of our office.
Dr. Sholar is a board certified plastic surgeon and has performed many labiaplasty procedures since she began her career more than 20 years ago. As a woman, she approaches each patient’s needs with great understanding and always with their well-being in mind.
When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Sholar will perform a physical exam where she will go into detail regarding how she would perform the surgery. Each individual’s anatomy is different so Dr. Sholar takes time to thoroughly explain what she would be doing in each particular area of the labia. She will then walk the patient through how to prepare for surgery and what the entire recovery process looks like. Dr. Sholar ultimately wants to help guide each female patient to reaching her functional, emotional and cosmetic goals.
The labia tissue has a very good blood supply and for this reason, there is almost no to minimal scarring after healing has occurred. The results of a labiaplasty will be immediately noticeable and will continue to improve throughout the recovery period. Although we instruct patients to follow restrictions until they are 6 weeks out from surgery, most women state they are back to feeling normal within as little as 3 weeks. Final results will be noticed after about 6 weeks but keep in mind that each person will heal a little differently. Labiaplasties are long-lasting and truly help improve the quality of life of many women.