As a woman, you do everything you can to look and feel your best. What happens when things seem out of proportion in your most intimate areas? Over time, as a result of childbirth, the natural aging process, or genetics, the labia may be enlarged or droop, causing embarrassment and discomfort. When this happens, sexual encounters may be filled with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.
Here at Maine Plastic Surgery, our procedure for labiaplasty in Portland can restore the youthful appearance of your labia, removing excess tissue and restoring your feeling of self-confidence.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size and restore a youthful contour to the labia. For some women the labia can become enlarged, protruding uncomfortably when wearing certain clothing, causing pain, and make you self-conscious. Labiaplasty restores the look of your genitalia, correcting asymmetry and contouring shape to restore a more rounded, trim, youthful appearance.
Why is Labiaplasty Performed?
While some women seek labiaplasty in Maine for medical reasons, the majority of women are choosing to recontour the vaginal lips to improve the appearance of their most intimate area. The opening of the vagina has two sets of labia or lips: the labia majora and the labia minora. With age, either or both sets of lips may lose the firm, natural look of youth.
This is an issue than can affect women of all ages but is more common in women who have had children, or who experience this issue as a result of aging tissues that lose natural flexibility and form. Some women are born with excess labial tissue and choose to undergo a labiaplasty to recontour the area, so it is more appealing in shape and appearance.
What are the Benefits of Labiaplasty?
The decision to seek labiaplasty is intensely personal, and one that only you can make. While there are many reasons a woman may seek labiaplasty, the most common reasons include:
- Improve the appearance of the genitalia
- Improve the comfort and appearance of tight-fitting clothing
- Increase sexual satisfaction
- Increase self-confidence both in and out of the bedroom
- Reduce discomfort and irritation
- Reduce the risk of infection
What are the Different Methods of Labiaplasty?
There are two methods of performing labiaplasty in Maine. The method used on each patient is determined by her individual anatomy and her reasons for seeking labiaplasty.
- The trim method is the most common form of labiaplasty in which excess tissue is trimmed from the outer edges of the labia to provide symmetry and a more aesthetically-pleasing look.
- The wedge method is performed by removing a triangle-shaped piece of tissue from the labia. This is often used in cases where there is a large amount of tissue to be removed and may require more extensive recovery than the trim method.
What is the Procedure for Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is performed under either local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or more rarely, general anesthesia in the comfort and privacy of our Portland offices. Each labiaplasty procedure is unique and is tailored to resolve the individual situation of the individual. Once you have been sedated, your surgeon will remove excess labia tissue using with a precise, delicately-performed surgery. Your incisions will then be carefully closed with sutures.
What Can I Expect Following Labiaplasty?
You will return home the day of your labiaplasty in Portland so you may begin your recovery in comfortable, familiar surroundings. You will experience mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness initially following your procedure which can be managed with prescription pain medication in the early stages. You will be given a special cushion in order to make sitting during your recovery more comfortable during your recovery. Most patient find they are able to return to work after about one week. You should abstain from strenuous exercise for two to three weeks following your procedure and avoid sexual activity for approximately six weeks.
Will the Results of my Labiaplasty be Long-Lasting?
Yes. Once you have fully recovered from labiaplasty, you will enjoy a more contoured, aesthetically-pleasing appearance to your genitalia for years to come. You may even notice enhanced sexual pleasure as there is less excess tissue to interfere with penetration.
Why Should I Choose Maine Plastic Surgery for Labiaplasty?
When seeking a surgeon for any procedure, selecting the right surgeon is critical. For surgery performed on your most intimate areas, you need a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing labiaplasty surgery. Our surgeons are among the finest practicing in the Portland area, and have the experience, artistry, and caring demeanor that will set you at ease.
It is our goal to build long-term relationships with our patients, fostering trust and privacy. By selecting Maine Plastic Surgery, you will be under the care of a team of professionals with compassion, discretion, and who provides high-level surgical skills that will achieve excellent results in this delicate procedure.
Am I a Candidate for Labiaplasty?
Women who experience both emotional and physical discomfort due to excess tissue in the labia may benefit from labiaplasty. If you experience painful intercourse due to elongated labia, vaginal lips which show when wearing tight-fitting clothing, discomfort while performing everyday activities such as walking, running, or sitting, or frequent irritation or infection due to enlarged labia, labiaplasty could be the most effective, long-term solution.