Many women complain that their labia have changed with age or due to childbirth or other issues. It is more of a universal concern that one might think. A labiaplasty is a relatively simple operation that can make a woman’s genitals look younger.
What is Labiaplasty Surgery?
A labial reduction, also known as labiaplasty, is becoming increasingly popular among Denver area women. Women who have a problem with large labia and/or asymmetric labia can now have labia surgery to reduce the outward appearance of the labia and correct misshapenness or irregularities. Labiaplasty may be undertaken for functional reasons, cosmetic reasons, or a combination of the two. Enlarged labia can cause women discomfort in tight clothes, discomfort when engaging in sports or other physical activities, pain during sexual intercourse, and increased risk for urinary tract or yeast infections, as well as self-consciousness. The procedure is frequently performed to reduce the size of one or both labia and represents a relatively safe solution to most medical issues.
This outpatient surgery is usually performed under IV sedation in combination with local anesthesia in just over an hour. Denver’s board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hunsicker uses a special technique to reduce uneven or enlarged labia minora to a more comfortable and appealing size and shape. Dr. Hunsicker takes care to maintain the natural contour, pigmentation, and sensitivity of the labia minora with minimal scarring. In most cases, the labiaplasty surgery is virtually undetectable after complete healing, and patients have been extremely pleased with their results.
After surgery, you can expect some discomfort that can be alleviated with pain medication. Elevation and ice packs will help control the bleeding and swelling in the first few days. Dr. Hunsicker uses dissolvable stitches that will last 2 to 4 weeks. Expect some restrictions on physical activity for up to 6 weeks.
As with any surgical procedure, complications from labiaplasty, although rare, do exist. The specific risks, as well as suitability, for any given individual, cannot be determined until the time of consultation. While we hope this information is helpful, it cannot substitute for a consultation.
A great thing about eyelid surgery with Dr. Hunsicker is that it delivers dramatic results but doesn’t involve a difficult recovery. After your procedure, you’ll return home with a cold compress that we provide and some lubricating eye drops. If you are diligent with the application of your cold compress you can minimize swelling and bruising. This is not a painful recovery, either. Pain is usually manageable with over-the-counter medication. After one week, your stitches will be removed, and your eyelid recovery is usually mostly complete. You may have some on-again, off-again slight swelling, but this resolves in a few weeks. You can usually return to work in just 3-5 days.
These changes made by Dr. Hunsicker are permanent. The excess skin she removes, the muscles she adjusts, the fat that is repositioned or removed — these changes are permanent. Of course, your eyelids and the surrounding skin will sag to some degree as you age, but they will never again sag to the degree they did before having this surgery. Any future aging will start from, in effect, a younger starting place. You’ll enjoy the results of your blepharoplasty for the rest of your life.
Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries every year because it delivers great results and the risks are very low. Still, there are the usual risks with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. Specific to this surgery, risks involve injury to the eye muscles, difficulty closing your eyelids, and potential dry eye. These are all very rare; this is an effective, safe procedure.
Because these procedures are not overly difficult in their recovery time, patients often combine them with other treatments, such as having dermal fillers injected or laser procedures. You could combine this surgery with the first Kybella injections if you’re worried about a double chin. It’s not a good time for Botox injections, simply because you will have some swelling around the eyes and if you were having Botox for your crow’s feet, it wouldn’t be the right time.
Our eyes are the focal point of the face, but the skin on our eyelids and surrounding our eyes is some of the thinnest on the entire human body. Plus, it is exposed to all of the elements Colorado has to throw at us. Couple the exposure with the natural sagging and slackening of tissues that is a part of aging, and you have the recipe for eyes that are dramatically aging your overall face. People usually say the eyes are the part of the face they notice first when meeting a new person, so what are your aging eyelids saying about you? This is a great procedure because it delivers quite dramatic results, but they are subtle at the same time. Unless you tell others you’ve had eyelid surgery, they won’t have any idea — they’ll just know you somehow look more alert, younger, and refreshed. Most people think eyelid surgery takes about a decade off their facial age, and who couldn’t use that?
This is surgery, so your preparations are the same as with any surgery: stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, blood-thinning drugs, and most supplements. These can cause excessive bleeding and subsequent bruising. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks before and following your surgery, as smoking inhibits incision healing. You’ll also need to tell Dr. Hunsicker any other drugs you are taking during your consultation.
The main thing not to do is overlook the value of your cold compress. If you use it diligently, it dramatically will lessen your swelling and any bruising. You can’t rub your eyes. You can’t sleep on your face for a week or so. For at least a couple weeks you’ll need to avoid any exercise that elevates blood pressure to your face. Hold off on heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.
These procedures with Dr. Hunsicker can vary depending on your unique situation. Are you having your upper or lower eyelids addressed, or both? How do your under-eye areas look? Once Dr. Hunsicker meets with you during your consultation, she can give you an exact estimate of what your surgery will cost.
Learn More About Labial Reduction at Our South Denver Surgery Center
We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker in the Denver area. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for labiaplasty as well as specific risks and complications that may occur.