The plastic treatment for the alteration of the labyrinth (inner labia) and labia Majora (outer labia), the skin folds covering the female vulva, is Labiaplasty (also known as bioplastics, labial minor reduction, and labial disorder).
Conditions of labiaplasty involve congenital anomalies and irregularities including vaginal atresia (absent vaginal transition), müllerian agenesis (male and female sexual traits in a person), breaking and spread of labia minora by childbirth, accident, and age. Labiaplasty causes lips where there was none when there is a male to female vaginoplasty for neovagina development.
There are two major groups of women pursuing surgical gender reassignment: those who have congenital disorders like transgenders and those without underlying disabilities who are physically distressed and who want to change their genital appearances since they do not feel they fall into an ordinary category or are particularly unsatisfied with its appearance.
Factors such as delivery, aging, hormonal changes, or other activities are likely to affect the size, color, and shape of the lips. However, this may not be experienced by every woman.
A labiaplasty is an operation that reduces the scale, on either side of the vaginal opening of the lip – the flaps of the skin. No younger girl less than 18 should get it done because the labyrinths keep growing beyond puberty until early adulthood is reached.
Some women go for labiaplasty when they don’t like their vaginal lips’ appearance. But the emergence of your vagina makes it very natural to have seen skin folds. It doesn’t lead to complications in most cases, however, there are always exceptions.
Labiaplasty plastic surgery
In the beginning, there was a single labiaplasty method, which was also very common. Alternative approaches have progressed through time change and innovation of techniques.
The following are the different methods of labiaplasty:
- Procedure of trimming
It is the initial technique that can be performed most naturally. The procedure used by surgeons is perhaps the most commonly used technique. This technique removes and structures the excess portion of labia minora to be symmetrical and in proportion to lip majora.
- Wedge Procedure
In this phase, the thickest part of the labia minora has a partial skin wedge removed. The submucosa (layer tissue under a mucous membrane) shall be left unchanged only when a limited density is removed.
This technique also preserves the wrinkled edges of the vagina naturally post-operation. There are some other labial minority reduction methods, and all of them have both benefits as well as drawbacks.
The key is to ensure that you are going to a certified surgeon having performed plenty of surgery before this and is well-reputed for his work. Only then you should go for a labiaplasty.
How does it work?
A surgeon trims the excess tissue when conducting labiaplasty so that the lips of the labia minora can rest nicely tucked into the labia Majora — the external lips of the vulva. It can be done with local or general anesthesia, and the restoration is usually quick and easy.
Afterwards, however, the pain starts to grow. Prescription painkillers have proved to give some relief in this regard. Medicine is normally required only for a couple of days. Recovery is easy and clear for most people.
Labiaplasty is an ambulatory treatment. The procedure may be conducted separately or with other cosmetic operations in an hour. Based on the method of action addressed with the cosmetic surgeon, it can be done under general anesthetic or local anesthetic.
To relieve any physical distress and discomfort in your nether region, wearing baggy, comfortable trousers and a mini-pad for absorbing minor bleeding, the ASPS advises taking a week off from work. You will also be advised by your doctor not to use tampons during your first period following this treatment. You must return to your daily activities in a month.
Things to keep in mind post-surgery
- You will have to rest for up to 2 weeks. For the skin to completely recover it may take several months.
- You must keep the area clean and free from infection throughout the recovery period
- Wear comfortable loose cotton clothes which will enable your skin to breath
- Avoid engaging in sexual activities for about 6 weeks post-surgery
- For about 6 to 12 weeks, avoid any kind of physical activity
- Using sanitary napkin for a few weeks rather than tampons
Possible risks associated with labiaplasty
Often labiaplasty can lead to bleeding, infection, scarring of tissue, reduced sensitivity of the genitals. There is also a tiny possibility of some form of operation: A venous blood clot, an allergic anesthetic reaction may require an operation to be performed on someone who has already undergone labiaplasty.
Further, one may experience a bruised and swollen labia for up to 2 weeks after they undergo the surgery. Peeing or even sitting in certain positions can be uncomfortable during this time. One may even have to take painkillers to deal with this, you will get painkillers.
Your surgeon should clarify the likelihood of the need for surgery and also make you aware of the associated risks and complications.