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A labiaplasty, commonly referred to as labia reduction, is an aesthetic surgery for the female genitalia, which involves reduction of the labia (skin surrounding the vaginal opening). Patients request the surgery because their labia either hangs or appears to be too long. Some patients complain of discomfort during sex or when wearing tight undergarments. South Florida Center For Cosmetic Surgery offers the best doctors for labiaplasty.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
Clitoral hood reduction surgery is a cosmetic surgery of the female genitalia. It is intended to reduce the appearance of a large clitoris by removing excess skin overlying the clitoris (called the clitoral hood). This procedure is often combined with a labiaplasty.
The goals of a clitoral hood reduction surgery are to improve the aesthetic appearance of your genitalia, make it easier to wear tight fitting clothing or bathing suits without visibility, and to decrease pain associated with sex or tight fitting clothing when working out, and to improve sensation during sex.
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure to treat vaginal wall laxity to increase friction for more pleasurable sex. Vaginal laxity may result from vaginal delivery or as women age. This procedure tightens the vaginal wall by removing excess vaginal lining. The procedure is similar to an episiotomy surgical repair after childbirth. It is often combined with a labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction surgery.
Vaginal Laser Rejuvenation Femtouch
FemTouch™ by Lumenis Ltd. is fractional CO 2 laser treatment with the absolute best available technology to treat postmenopausal and postnatal vaginal health-related symptoms such as vaginal atrophy, dryness, itching or pain that can also be experienced during sexual intercourse, stress urinary incontinence, and vaginal laxity after childbirth which can impact satisfaction with sexual
intercourse. Treatments are administered once a month for three months, then annually for maintenance. The laser also externally smooths and tightens the skin as well as treats age spots.
This new FDA approved innovative technology promotes remodeling of the vaginal mucous layer through a gentle controlled ablation and coagulation of the vaginal lining. During treatment, a sterilized applicator is moved along the vaginal wall in an outward motion, applying the laser in a 360 degree pattern, while covering the entire area. The procedure is fast and only takes a few minutes. During the treatment you may experience a minor heat sensation, but it is very gentle and you should not feel uncomfortable. This procedure is safe, has excellent patient outcomes, and minimal downtime.
When you awaken after your labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, or vaginoplasty surgery you will experience some discomfort for a few hours after the anesthesia wears off.
Your surgeon will give you medication to keep you as comfortable as possible. We suggest not to have sexual intercourse for a 30 day period. You may shower the day after your procedure, though many of our patients choose to wait an additional day. After showering, pat dry the incision area or use a cool hair dryer. Avoiding cigarette smoking during the first two weeks after surgery will greatly assist your body’s natural healing processes. Patients whose jobs do not involve full-time sitting usually return to work in just a few days. Other patients wait up to two weeks.
One month after your procedure swelling will have reduced substantially and you may resume your normal exercise routine. Be sure to ask your surgeon about any concerns or questions you have about the recovery process.
Recovery Femtouch Vaginal Rejuvenation:
- Sensation of heat, burning, and minor bleeding in the treated area may be experienced. Usually, this resolves in 24 hours and does not last more than 72 hours.
- Keep area moist using occlusive ointment (Aquaphor) if external treatment was administered Vaginal hydrating gel (RepHresh) may be prescribed to soothe the vaginal lining and provide relief if needed for up to 1 week
- Refrain from coital activity for 72 hours following the procedure
- Avoid baths, hot tubs, saunas and swimming for 72 hours following the procedure
- Wear plain cotton underwear for one week post procedure
Possible Side Effects
Labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, and vaginoplasty are extremely safe and effective procedures when performed properly with experience and care. Healing in this region is very favorable due to its vascularity and scars are very well hidden.
Any surgery poses a small risk of infection, bleeding and wound healing issues. Patients who smoke, have immune suppressive disorders, and who consume blood thinners are generally more at risk for these problems.
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Below you will find a list of frequent questions about labiaplasty. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please write to us, be sure to include the procedure name and your question!
- How do I prepare for this procedure?
- How long does the procedure take?
- How long before I can return to my normal activities?
- How long before I can resume having sex?
- Can labia tear at future births after labiaplasty?
- Can labiaplasty create less friction to make sex less pleasurable for a male partner?
How do I prepare for this procedure?
For labiaplasty, vaginaplasty or hood reduction during your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, we will need your complete medical history, including all of your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. Feel free to talk to your doctor about the exact look you are hoping to achieve and any questions you have about your procedure.
For Femtouch Laser Procedure:
- No anesthesia is needed for internal treatment because the procedure is painless or at most patients will experience only a mild heat sensation which is gentle and not uncomfortable
- If patients desire to tighten and smooth the external surface, the patient should shave themselves prior to the procedure, and a topical numbing cream will be applied prior to treatment
- A Pap smear should be performed within 1 year prior to the procedure.
- We recommend prophylaxis with Acyclovir for a day before and a few days after treatments to try and prevent any Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) outbreaks that may be induced by the heat. Generally we recommend this for all patients regardless if they have ever had any sores. Patients already
taking daily anti-virals do not additional prophylaxis. We cannot treat anyone who is menstruating, pregnant, has genital cancer, history of pelvic radiation, an injured introitus or if you can visibly see mesh or other surgically placed device in the canal.
How long does the procedure take?
Operating time for the labiaplasty is about one hour. Femtouch Laser procedure for vaginal rejuvenation takes 3 minutes.
How long before I can return to my normal activities?
Some activities may be resumed in a matter of days, such as returning to a job that does not require constant sitting. Strenuous activities, such as your normal exercise regime, must wait two or three weeks. Your doctor will follow your progress closely and advise you as to which activities are safe during your healing process.
How long before i can resume having sex?
You can resume sexual activity 4-6 weeks after your labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, and vaginoplasty. If you only had a Femtouch vaginal rejuvenation procedure, refrain from coital activity for 72 hours following the procedure.
Can labia tear at future births after labiaplasty?
Birth trauma can result in tears regardless of whether or not you had a labiaplasty. Fortunately these tears are usually not along the labiaplasty incision, especially if more than 6 weeks has passed since your surgery.
Can labiaplasty create less friction to make sex less pleasurable for a male partner?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure performed to reduce the size of the labia which allow women to have more pain-free sex. Vaginoplasty, in comparison, is another surgical procedure used to treat vaginal wall laxity to increase friction for more pleasurable sex.
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