It’s almost summertime, and that means swimsuit season is just around the corner. This time of year can be difficult for many women who struggle with excess labia tissue. Whether it’s something you’ve dealt with your whole life, or a change in your body after childbirth, having too much labia tissue can bring about feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness, and discomfort.
Going to the beach and hanging out by the pool are meant to be fun, relaxing activities — not triggers. Our team here at DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery wants you to love the skin you’re in, which is why we offer a variety of services — including labiaplasty — to help you achieve the look you desire.
Upon doing some quick searching, you may have come across information about vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term that covers several procedures that involve changing certain aspects of your vagina. However, most of these procedures are nonsurgical and focus mostly on the inside of the vagina.
The main thing that differentiates a labiaplasty from the other procedures that fall under the vaginal rejuvenation umbrella is that it requires surgery. The goal of this procedure is to reduce the size of the inner tissue on the outside of the vagina, called the labia minora, making it symmetrical to the outer lips of the vagina, called the labia majora. Women may opt for a labiaplasty because they are self-conscious about the appearance of their labia, it’s difficult to wear certain clothing like yoga pants or swimsuits, or because it can cause discomfort and even pain.
There are a few techniques used for labiaplasties:
Each woman is unique, so our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ernest DiGeronimo picks the procedure that is most appropriate for your needs and aesthetic goals. Local or general anesthesia is used, depending on which technique your doctor chooses. The procedure takes between one and two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Taking proper care of the area postsurgery is vital for a healthy and speedy recovery. When it’s time to bathe, stick to shorter showers and make sure to pat the area dry. Do not return to activities like running, bike riding, other physical activities, and sexual intercourse until you’re given the go-ahead from your doctor. Early return to activity can put too much pressure on the area and delay the healing process.
Undergoing a labiaplasty is a deeply personal decision, and we thank you for trusting DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery. Whether your decision is based on functional or cosmetic reasons, Dr. DiGeronimo is here to help. Head into swimsuit season with confidence this year. For more information, give our Miami, Florida , office a call or request an appointment online.