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A labiaplasty is a procedure to reduce the length of the labia minora. It’s perhaps the most common of the vaginal rejuvenation services performed in Naperville, Bolingbrook, Aurora & Lisle, IL. It relieves many of the symptoms women may experience, including tugging or twisting of the labia.

Why get labiaplasty or vaginoplasty?

Women choose this procedure for a number of reasons, including tugging or twisting sensations in the labia during intercourse or while riding a bike. They may also feel self-conscious or experience itching or other irritations.

What does it do?

Vaginal plastic surgery is designed to reduce the prominence of the labia minora to ensure it doesn’t extend beyond the labia majora. The labiaplasty reduces asymmetry in an instance where one side is longer or reduces the length of both in instances where they tug or twist or even are exposed while wearing a bathing suit.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed under local anesthesia in addition to oral sedation or with general anesthesia.

About the procedure

The most common labiaplasty individuals undergo a trim procedure. This treatment removes excess tissue. The next most popular treatment is the wedge procedure. This process removes a pie-shaped wedge of tissue to create a natural border. We may also recommend removing extra folds of the clitoral hood at this time. Absorbable sutures are typically used.

What are the risks?

Some of the risks associated with vaginal plastic surgery are similar to many other surgical procedures, including infection, hematoma, and bleeding. One of the most common complications is over-resection. Some women request a more aggressive reduction procedure, but it’s important to remember this can result in scarring near the vaginal opening, pain during intercourse and chronic dryness. The wedge procedure is more likely to product healing issues, particularly for patients who use substances that cause blood vessels to shrink.

The recovery process

After undergoing this procedure, many of our patients take at least a week off. During this time, you can reduce swelling and pain by using a cold pack held in place with a product like Spanx. This should be done for no more than 20 minutes at a time with at least 20 minutes between applications. Lying with your bottom elevated can also help reduce swelling.

After a period of four to six weeks, patients can resume having intercourse and wearing tampons. A trim procedure offers faster recovery times.

Most swelling should resolve within six weeks. However, some residual swelling may occur for up to six months after the procedure.

What results can I expect?

Your labiaplasty or vaginoplasty will result in shorter labia that doesn’t extend beyond the labia majora. If you previously experienced tugging or twisting, you should feel relief. Multiple studies have shown a vaginal rejuvenation typically have at least a 90 percent satisfaction rate.

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