An enlarged labia minora occurs when the inner tissue is more extended than the outer tissue. This may result in difficulties with wardrobe, sexual health, and physical discomfort. Further, some women with this condition may feel self-conscious or unhappy with the appearance of their vagina. If any of these issues apply to you, you may want to seek a labiaplasty in Cleveland. Labiaplasty is a surgical option that our cosmetic gynecologist could perform. This procedure shrinks the inner labia tissue to reduce physical discomfort while improving cosmetic appearances.
What is a Labiaplasty Surgery?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to decrease the size of inner labia tissue, known as the labia minora, to be in proportion with outer labia tissue. Additionally, this surgery could reduce labia asymmetry if one side of the labia is longer than the other. Typically, this procedure involves removing extra labia tissue with trimming techniques followed by sutures to close incisions.
Twisting, tugging, and irritation from enlarged labia tissue could be significantly relieved following this operation. A simultaneous clitoral hood reduction could reduce excess tissue around the clitoris for increased sensation.
Typically, patients in Cleveland who have received a labiaplasty may return to work after one week of recovery. After four to six weeks of recovery time, patients could resume sexual intercourse and tampon use if they choose to do so.
Reasons to Undergo a Labiaplasty
Many women in Cleveland choose to undergo a labiaplasty due to an enlarged labia size. An enlarged labia could result from several factors, including genetics, childbirth, previous sexual activity, and aging. One of the most common motivators for labiaplasty surgery is cosmetic appearance as some women may feel self-conscious about their labia size.
Larger labia sizes may also lead to function disruptions, such as difficulty with hygiene, physical activity, sexual activity, and urinary tract infections. If a patient experiences a tugging or twisting of the labia minor, a labiaplasty could resolve these physical issues. Further, the procedure may reduce discomfort during intercourse, irritation, and itching of the labia.
Preparing for a Labiaplasty Surgery
Labiaplasty surgeries in Cleveland can be complex procedures that require appropriate preparation measures prior to the surgery. First, patients should understand what the surgery entails, and if any specific care is necessary after the procedure. Once a patient knows what to expect, it is crucial to take the appropriate steps before the surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
For instance, for at least two weeks prior to the surgery, it is important to avoid any blood-thinning medications. Having traces of these medications in the body may cause complications during the procedure. Generally, avoiding specific supplements such as vitamin C, for at least one-month prior to the procedure can limit other risks. Many times, our doctor advises her patients to avoid eating or drinking after midnight the night before the surgery. Getting eight hours of sleep the night before the surgery is also recommended.
Contact a Cleveland Gynecologist to Discuss Labiaplasty Surgery
Having surgery on your labia is an excellent option for altering the appearance of your genitalia or reducing the discomfort enlarged labia may cause. Labiaplasty surgery could help you regain confidence in your appearance while improving your quality of life. If you are interested in receiving a labiaplasty in Cleveland, make an appointment with our highly regarded gynecologist, Dr. Gitiforooz, at one of our offices in Beachwood, Westlake, or Middlefield.