Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty in Sarasota, FL

Genetics, childbirth, and aging are the most common causes of an enlarged or excessively long labia. An abnormal labia may affect a woman both physically and emotionally, sometimes even contributing to poor self-esteem. Labial irregularities often make women feel self-conscious or cause discomfort during activities such as exercise or sex. Fortunately, vaginal rejuvenation procedures like labiaplasty can be extremely effective in reshaping the labia and improving patients’ comfort and confidence.

Labiaplasty surgery can be performed to reduce the size of the labia and to resolve any abnormalities that may be affecting a woman’s self-esteem. Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alberico J. Sessa of Sarasota Surgical Arts has helped countless women in South Florida improve their labia and quality of life through labiaplasty procedures at our state-of-the-art surgery center.

Benefits of a Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery that can offer a variety of benefits to women from all walks of all life. It can correct a hanging labia that present ever since birth or developed due to childbirth or aging. A labiaplasty can also reduce discomfort during sex or exercise and help women feel more comfortable when wearing a swimsuit or tight clothing. Most importantly, a labiaplasty can give a woman greater confidence in and out of the bedroom.

Good Candidates for Labiaplasty

Ideal candidates for labiaplasty surgery are women self-conscious about their labia. They may stay away from bathing suits or other tight-fitting clothing items because their labia bulges or protrudes. They may also have painful or uncomfortable sex and experience soreness or tenderness during intercourse.

Women should be in good health and have realistic expectations before moving forward with vaginal rejuvenation procedures. A private consultation with Dr. Sessa, an experienced Sarasota cosmetic surgeon, is the perfect way for prospective patients to determine their candidacy for labiaplasty.

What to Expect During a Consultation

During a labiaplasty consultation at our Sarasota cosmetic surgery center, patients can learn more about the labiaplasty procedure and find out if they are good candidates. The private consultation is a great opportunity for women to discuss their concerns and goals, get to know Dr. Sessa, and ask any questions they may have about the surgery and/or recovery process. Dr. Sessa may also share before and after photos of real labiaplasty procedures so that patients can get an idea of the results they can expect.

Preparing for a Labiaplasty

Since labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, Dr. Sessa suggests that patients prepare carefully to ensure the best possible experience. He will require patients who smoke to stop at least two weeks before the surgery, preferably longer. In addition, all patients should stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin, or other anti-inflammatory medications that may interfere with the healing process.

Due to the use of anesthesia, patients will need to arrange for transportation to and from our surgical center. Preparing their home for the recovery process and making arrangements for their children’s care during the first week is recommended as well.

The Labiaplasty Procedure

During a labiaplasty, Dr. Sessa will make incisions in the natural folds and creases of a patient’s labia minora and labia majora to remove excess skin. He will make every effort to keep incisions hidden and refrain from over-tightening the skin to ensure a natural and feminine look and feel. At the end of the surgery, Dr. Sessa will close the incisions and apply surgical dressings. A labiaplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia.

Patients should notice a change in the appearance of their labia right away. They can expect to enjoy the complete results of the procedure once their skin has completely healed.

Recovering From Labiaplasty

After a labiaplasty, patients can expect some swelling and discomfort in their vaginal area. This can be reduced by applying ice packs as recommended by Dr. Sessa. Patients are encouraged to take a few days off work and their daily responsibilities so they can relax and recover. They should wear loose clothing for the initial 10 days after surgery and wait 3 weeks before resuming regular activities like moderate exercise. Sex and other vigorous activities will need to be postponed for at least 6 weeks.

Risks and Complications of Labiaplasty

As with any surgery, labiaplasty does come with some risks and complications. These may include infection, permanent scarring, poor incision healing, blood clots, persistent pain, and pulmonary issues. Fortunately, these complications rarely occur when board-certified cosmetic surgeons perform labiaplasty surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the labia?

The labia majora refers to the outer lips of the vagina while the labia minora is another name for the inner lips of the vagina. Both the labia majora and labia minora protect the vaginal opening and expand during sex.

They can be long or short, thick or thin, and vary in size. While the labia may vary in color, it should be free of white patches, moles, and blisters. If it contains any of these features or itches and burns, there is likely a health issue and the patient should see a doctor immediately.

What causes a large labia?

Some women are born with a labia that’s abnormally large or thick. Other women develop a large labia after they have a baby or during the natural process of aging. Regardless of the cause, there is no reason to live with a large labia if it leads to self-esteem issues or discomfort.

The most common symptoms of a large labia include a visibly larger vagina, irritation or discomfort in the crotch area when wearing tight clothing, a noticeable “bulge” in a woman’s underwear or swimsuit, chronic vaginal yeast infections, and discomfort during physical activities such as exercise or sex.

Unless a large labia is physically and emotionally affecting a woman’s quality of life, it does not need treated. If a woman chooses to pursue treatment, however, a labiaplasty may be a great option.

Can women who haven’t had children undergo a labiaplasty?

Yes. The issue isn’t whether or not a woman has had children. It’s whether an enlarged labia has left them uncomfortable and unhappy with the appearance or comfort of their vaginal area.

While labiaplasty results should hold after childbirth, women should understand that hormones during the third trimester of pregnancy may lead to some regrowth. Therefore, it may be a good idea for women to wait until they’re done having children before undergoing a labiaplasty.

Will I need to stop sexual activity after a labiaplasty?

Dr. Sessa asks labiaplasty patients to refrain from sexual activity for about 6 weeks after their surgery.

Can a labiaplasty be combined with other procedures?

Women who undergo labiaplasty often pair it with other surgical procedures such as liposuction or breast augmentation to achieve dramatic, full-body results. Many women also opt for a clitoral hood reduction if they are bothered by excess folds of skin on their clitoral hood. Dr. Sessa designs a custom treatment plan for each patient that is ideal for their aesthetic goals.

Will a labiaplasty leave noticeable scars?

Scarring is a common concern among women considering a labiaplasty procedure. Fortunately, any scars from labiaplasty are typically well-concealed and virtually unnoticeable. Dr. Sessa makes every effort to reduce the appearance of scarring as much as he can.

Is labiaplasty painful?

During a labiaplasty, Dr. Sessa will administer an anesthetic to eliminate pain and discomfort. He may also prescribe pain medication after the surgery. He recommends that patients avoid long periods of sitting for the first few days after the surgery, as doing so can minimize discomfort.

What are some strategies that will improve the recovery period?

After a labiaplasty, Dr. Sessa encourages women to wear loose clothing and refrain from using tampons for about 10 days. They should also stay away from baths and exercise and use a stool softener to reduce the risk of constipation.

How will a labiaplasty affect sexual pleasure?

The way a patient’s labia affected their sex life before the surgery will determine how a labiaplasty affects their sexual pleasure. If their enlarged labia interfered with sexual activity and intimacy prior to the cosmetic surgery, they can expect to see a significant improvement in their sex life after a labiaplasty.

Why Choose Dr. Sessa of Sarasota Surgical Arts

Dr. Sessa is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon committed to helping women from all walks of life feel more confident in their own skin. By trusting him with your labiaplasty in South Florida, you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you are receiving the individualized attention and professional expertise you deserve. You can count on Dr. Sessa to be there for you throughout every step of the surgical process and leave you with incredible results.

Schedule a Labiaplasty Consultation

To get a personalized treatment plan for a younger, tighter vagina, you will need to schedule a private labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Sessa. Don’t hesitate to call us at 941-923-1736 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.