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Most people today are more comfortable talking about plastic surgery, but some procedures remain sensitive subjects. Labiaplasty is growing in popularity with our St. Louis-area patients. Yet many women still feel uncomfortable asking specific questions about the procedure or talking about what they hope to accomplish.

Learning more about labiaplasty can help you make a thoughtful, well-informed decision about this confidence-boosting surgery. In this blog post, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions and talk candidly about the “hush-hush” procedure.

What is the purpose of labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a procedure that alters the labia minora and labia majora to reduce discomfort during sexual and physical activity and restore the area’s appearance.

How is labiaplasty done?

Labiaplasty is often performed with a local anesthetic, although general anesthetic can be provided. During the surgery, the doctor will make precise incisions to trim and adjust the tissues. These incisions are then closed with fine, carefully placed sutures.

When not combined with other procedures, such as a mommy makeover, the surgery typically takes 1 to 2 hours. Patients can return home shortly after the procedure is finished.

How long is labiaplasty recovery?

Full labiaplasty recovery usually takes around 6 weeks. Soreness and swelling will subside after the first few days. Most women can return to work 2 to 4 days after surgery. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort or side effects.

When can I shave after labiaplasty?

After labiaplasty, you should wait 6 weeks before shaving or waxing. Although most women remove hair from the vulva, not the labia minora, it’s important to avoid the potential risk of injury. Be sure to let yourself completely heal before disturbing the treatment area.

When can I exercise after labiaplasty?

Women should avoid strenuous movement for at least 4 weeks after surgery. This includes sports such as running, lifting, and swimming.

Activities like cycling, horseback riding, and sexual intercourse should be avoided for 6 weeks, as strong friction against the treatment area could irritate the sutures. If you want to exercise while you’re still healing, consider using a step machine or going on slow, gentle walks.

Is labiaplasty a type of “vaginal rejuvenation?”

Vaginoplasty, also known as “vaginal rejuvenation,” is a very different procedure than labiaplasty. Vaginoplasty tightens the vaginal canal whereas labiaplasty alters the labia and other structures around the vulva.

If you’re interested in vaginal rejuvenation treatments without surgery, our medical spa offers Viveve™, a nonsurgical procedure with zero downtime. Our staff can help you decide if this noninvasive treatment is right for you.

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, being informed and well-prepared can help you make a confident decision. Find a board-certified plastic surgeon for this procedure and know that you’re in safe, qualified care. If you have any other questions about labiaplasty, request a consultation online. You can also call our practice office at (636) 530-6161.

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