Sometimes it can be very difficult for women to admit that they are not happy with certain parts of their body. One of the most embarrassing topics a woman can be shy to talk about is having to deal with vaginal lips that are too long. Labia refers to the skin found at the opening of the vagina on both sides. For some women, the length of this skin makes them uncomfortable when wearing tight clothing, while others experience great humiliation during intimacy. If you are going through the same problem, you can start smiling as there is a procedure known as labiaplasty that is just for you.
What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a procedure performed to reduce the size of the lips. During the procedure, tissue that was torn in the process of labor can be repaired. A clitoral hood reduction may also be performed during the procedure, and liposuction may be performed to remove any excess fat that may be on the labia.
There are two main methods used to perform this surgery. The most common method is known as the clipping technique; the extra skin on the edge of the lips is trimmed away. This procedure is perfect for you if you intend to get rid of lip ridges that are long and appear darker. This is a safe method that does not have many associated complications.
The least used procedure is known as the wedge method; the excess skin of the lips is trimmed in the shape of a wedge. The downside of this method is that it gets rid of a large part of your lips. Many women do not prefer this method as it only requires excess skin to be removed and not a large part of the lips.
How is surgery performed
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that typically takes one to two hours to complete. Your surgeon will administer a local or general anesthetic and then use a scalpel to cut away any excess skin. The skin that remains will be sewn with a thread that can be dissolved into the body. This procedure does not usually require the use of bandages and you will normally be allowed to go home within an hour after surgery.
It is normal to have some discomfort and swelling for the next few days after undergoing the procedure. Your doctor can provide you with salt baths that you can use to speed up the recovery process. Most of the swelling will go away after a week and you will likely have a full recovery in four weeks. Sitting up for the first few days can be challenging, but you can use a soft pillow that allows you to sit up easily. It is advisable to refrain from sexual intercourse for at least thirty days after surgery to ensure that the wound has fully healed.
You do not have to worry about unsightly scars as they are very fine and most of them are hidden between the folds of the skin of the lips.