Who is a good candidate for a Labiaplasty?
You may be a candidate for a labiaplasty if you are in good health and fully developed. A medical exam and a review of your medical history will help Dr. Sato determine if a labiaplasty is the right option for you. It is not uncommon for teens to desire this surgery as puberty can cause overgrowth of the labia minora. Labiaplasty can safely be carried out on a teen patient with the consent of one or both of their parents or legal guardian.
What happens during a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure done either awake under local anesthesia in our in office procedure room or under local anesthetic and IV sedation or general anesthesia in our in-office operating room or ambulatory surgery center. The surgery generally takes 1-1.5 hours, although every case is different.
Given the number of different surgeries available and the individual needs of each patient, a detailed description of the procedure is best given during pre-operative consultation.
What can I expect while recovering from a Labiaplasty?
Most women do experience some discomfort, including swelling, tenderness, and bruising, after having a labiaplasty. These should ease after a few days but you may still feel uncomfortable for a few weeks until the labia are fully healed. Most women can resume work and non-strenuous activities a few days to a week after the procedure.
Post-operative instructions include avoiding exercise for 1-2 weeks and sexual intercourse and tampons for 4-6 weeks (until incisions are fully healed).