When you undergo labiaplasty for the first time, it is understandable that first timers get very nervous because they have no idea what happens during the procedures, whether it’s painful or not, or if the end result is really worth it. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry as what explained below will at least provide you with the basic information to prepare you if you’re ready to undergo the operation, and allows you to learn more about the procedure itself, what technological equipment used in the procedure, how it works to your benefit, and how the end result will change your life for the better.
“A labiaplasty is a procedure to adjust the labia folds of the inner or outer labia.”
It is usually administered in a medical clinic under local anesthetic. It takes about one to two hours operation and is normally an outpatient procedure.
Depending on the surgeon, they would give you options on the type of anesthetic to use. This substance numbs the pain during surgery, however, you can also opt on refusing anesthetic. But do know that the procedure can be very painful. In addition to that, the surgeon can also offer some medication to reduce anxiety, which can help improve recovery time after the surgery.
The procedure is geared towards the patient’s needs to help regain an appearance that makes a woman feel more confident and remedies whatever genital deformities caused by a damaged labia.
Laser Reduction Labioplasty
The most advanced technological equipment used in this kind of surgery is the Laser Reduction Labioplasty. It can seamlessly sculpture any deformities in a woman’s labial minora due to the aging process, childbirth trauma or injury in the genitals. Compared to the commonly used electrocautery equipment, this method is safer and can effect almost no thermal damage to the adjacent tissues of the genitals. It can perform fine stitching to control bleeding and fend off any unwanted scars.
Labiaplasty laser trims and coagulates skillfully at a low-power setting which is more needed especially when a surgeon operates a delicate part of the body. This type of equipment can also be used with other cosmetic surgeries such as breast reduction, breast implant, liposculpturing, tummy tuck and more.
Preparing for the Procedure
When you first meet the surgeon, he will explain to you how the surgery works, what will be done during the operation, what you need to do after the surgery, and most importantly, whether or not the surgery is right for you.
Once the doctor determines that you’re fit to undergo the operation, both will have to agree a schedule of the procedure, as well as some additional instructions to make sure your body is in good shape prior to the date of the surgery. It is advisable to stop smoking and consuming alcohol at least a week before the procedure.
What happens during the operation?
Once the day of surgery arrives, the doctor will take you to the operating room, mainly to initiate the procedure in a cleaner environment, to reduce any possible risk of infection, as well as a more secure area where the surgeon can find all of his tools and equipment.
Compared to previous techniques which involve cutting off a part of the labia and sewing it, it always leaves scarring which would put the additional risk of infection. Today, surgeons perform the diepithelialization method, a process that involves the surgeon removing the epithelial, which is located on the side of the labia, using either a scalpel or a surgical laser.
Once the procedure is completed, you can’t just leave yet. You’re asked to remain for an hour or two in order to wait until the anesthetic wears off giving the affected area bit of time to heal. In the meantime, you will be prescribed some pain medication to help speed up the recovery, as well as instructions on when to take them. You will also be instructed to return for regular checkups every couple of weeks.
Once you’re on your way home, a few things to note. The area will hurt once the anesthetic wears off, but it will take a few days until the pain and swelling subside. You must also refrain yourself from having sex because it will open up the wound. After two months and the wound has finally healed, you will fully see the results of the labiaplasty operation.