Labiaplasty 101: All the Questions You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask

Labiaplasty 101 in Ellicott City, Westminster, MD

Age and childbirth can change nearly every part of the body—including more delicate areas. Vaginal rejuvenation treatments such as labiaplasty can help Baltimore, MD, women restore that stretched or damaged skin. For some women, though, it’s difficult to talk or ask detailed questions about the procedure since it concerns a private body part. 

Let me put that concern to rest. There’s no need to be embarrassed about cosmetic surgery or the human body. And to remove some of the mystique about labiaplasty, I’m happy to answer several commonly asked questions. 

What is labiaplasty? What does it do?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that modifies the labia minora. The procedure removes excess skin from around the vaginal opening and clitoris, creating a smoother, “tucked in” appearance. While treatment isn’t medically necessary, many women choose labiaplasty to feel more comfortable and confident during intimacy. Labiaplasty has several practical uses as well, as it can alleviate physical discomfort during exercise and improve personal hygiene. 

Human bodies are all shaped in unique ways and the labia is no exception. If you feel self-conscious during sex or when wearing tight-fitting clothing, this procedure can improve your quality of life.

How painful is labiaplasty?

As with any surgery, labiaplasty involves a certain amount of discomfort. You may experience swelling or bruising in the genital area, but these issues fade within a few days of the procedure. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling, and wear loose pants and underwear. Ointments and pain medication can help you feel more comfortable when relaxing at home during recovery.

Does labiaplasty affect sensation?

No, labiaplasty does not negatively affect sensitivity or sensation. Many women find sex more enjoyable after surgery as they feel more comfortable without excess skin.

How long after labiaplasty can you have sex? Wear tight clothing?

Soreness and swelling are typical side effects during the first few days after surgery. While most women can return to work after less than a week, you should avoid tight pants or thong underwear for 2 weeks after treatment. Refrain from sex or exercise for at least 6 weeks to give your incisions plenty of time to heal. While waiting can be difficult, letting your body recover properly will ensure your results are beautiful and satisfying. 

Will insurance cover a labiaplasty?

As labiaplasty isn’t a medically necessary procedure, most insurance providers won’t cover the surgery. However, we offer financial assistance to our patients to make plastic surgery more accessible. Our financial coordinators are ready to meet with you personally and create a payment plan that works for your budget. Contact our practice if you would like to learn more about the financial options available to you.

By knowing more about what to expect from the treatment, you can make the best decision for yourself and your goals. Browse my before-and-after gallery to see the real results my patients enjoy.

If you would like to learn more about labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation in the Baltimore, MD, area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact my offices by phone at (410) 884-4200 (Ellicott City) or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster).

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