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Labia reduction or labiaplasty is the process of surgically removing the extra external folds of the skins that surround the vulva. It is also sometimes employed to repair the deformed labia following childbirth, a disease, or an injury. In addition to labiaplasty, hoodectomy is performed to enhance a woman’s sexual function.
Who can benefit from labiaplasty surgery?
As women age and particularly after having children, the labia often become stretched and enlarged. This excess skin can be uncomfortable and cause women to feel self-conscious in intimate situations.
What are the intended results of labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty plastic surgery restores a smooth, youthful appearance to the labia. It reduces excess skin around the genital area.
Does labiaplasty require a hospital stay?
The labiaplasty procedure is performed either on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgical care facility or in the hospital. Patients can typically go home the day of their surgery. We can recommend Newport Beach recovery facilities or home care if you would like additional private post-operative care in the days following surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used for labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty may be performed under local or general anesthesia. For most patients, Dr. Agha performs the surgery under local anesthesia. Absorbable sutures are used so there is no need for suture removal at a later date.
How long does labiaplasty plastic surgery take?
Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Agha usually takes one to two hours to complete labiaplasty. As with other cosmetic surgery procedures, labia reduction is highly individualized.
What is involved in the labiaplasty procedure?
Dr. Agha prefers incisions that are well hidden along natural creases. The excess skin is then excised.
What happens after my labiaplasty surgery?
The incisions are covered with light dressings. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade within a few months.
When I can return to work and regular activities after labiaplasty? What restrictions will I have?
Some bruising and swelling may be present within the first week or so after labiaplasty surgery. Patients typically return to work when all discomfort has subsided.
Is labiaplasty plastic surgery typically covered by insurance?
The labiaplasty procedure is unlikely to be covered by insurance.