Also known as female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS), labiaplasty involves the design and rejuvenation of the female genitalia. You might be looking to have a labiaplasty for either medical or aesthetic reasons. Whatever your motivation is, it is essential that you know that there are different types of FGCS procedures. It is good to ask questions about your plans in case they affect your health. Dr Zinn is well versed in this area, to advise and prepare you.
A labiaplasty focuses on the modification of the labia minora and the labia majora. Labia minora reductions are more common for labia majora than other areas. This cosmetic surgery is growing to become more socially accepted with more women opting to go through with the procedure. However, some women may also have some abnormality on the labia, like a melanoma.
Can a labiaplasty be a medical necessity?
Some doctors are hesitant to perform labiaplasty unless it is medically necessary. For the most part, a labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure, but it becomes a necessity when your everyday life is negatively affected the aesthetic aspect of your vagina. In some cases, depending on their length of your labia minora, you may experience pain during sex if they get tucked into the vagina. Other examples include being unable to find undergarments that are comfortable enough for you.
What is the recovery period?
How long it will take you to heal completely differs for different women, but there are various stages in the healing process. Most patients may be able to go back to work in less than a weeks time, but it will take anywhere between 3 to 5 months to heal fully. Your sex-life will have to be placed on hold for at least six weeks post-surgery. You will not be able to use tampons and menstrual cups during this time either. Dr Zinn will be given a list of do’s and don’ts after your surgery, including how to care for and manage the healing process.
Labiaplasty before and after pregnancy
When you chose to have your labiaplasty is ultimately up to you, as long as there are no medical concerns highlighted by your doctor. For some women, the swelling and enlargement that occurs as a result of pregnancy hormones may become permanent after giving birth a few times. Others opt to have the enhancement if your labia has become a source of discomfort or pain.