Tucson Labiaplasty Surgery Information, Benefits and Risks

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What is a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess labia tissue.

When is a labiaplasty used?

A labiaplasty is best for people who are young, healthy and within their normal weight range. Women who are unhappy with the excess labia tissue that has increased in size due to childbirth or a number of other reasons may choose to have this operation performed.

What is involved at a consultation for a labiaplasty?

When you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet with both Dr. Maloney and Lindsay, the clinical coordinator. Dr. Maloney will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will also discuss details of the operation, show you before and after photos and answer any questions you may have. Lindsay will then review surgical fees, financing options and answer additional questions. If you choose to have surgery, you will return for another consultation about two weeks prior to your operation. At this second appointment, Dr. Maloney will review your surgical plan, review consent forms, take pre-operative photographs and give you your prescriptions. Lindsay will cover all of your surgical instructions and give you a packet of information so when you leave you are ready for surgery.

How do I prepare for a labiaplasty?

After meeting with Dr. Maloney choosing a surgical date for your labiaplasty, you should plan for your care and recovery after the operation. You will need to arrange a ride to and from the surgery center or office the day of surgery. You should take 3-7 days off work for this operation depending on the type of work you do (speak to Lindsay, Dr. Maloney’s Clinical Coordinator for additional information). If your employer requires paperwork for time off, please obtain it ahead of time and bring it to our office. If you smoke, you must quit a minimum of two weeks before surgery. We suggest 6-8 weeks, but two weeks is the minimum. Smokers heal slower and may have wound healing problems. If you take aspirin or other medication that causes bleeding, you should stop taking it three weeks before surgery because it causes increased bleeding and therefore more bruising.

At your pre-operative consultation with Dr. Maloney you will be given your prescriptions. Get these prescriptions filled before surgery so they are at home when you need them. Pick up a few bags of frozen peas or corn to use as icepacks after your procedure. You may also want to purchase Dermoplast and sanitary pads. Dermoplast is a numbing medication used for women who have just gone through childbirth and works quite well to keep you comfortable. The sanitary pads work well for dressings, as the incision will ooze for a day or so. If you are taking a significant amount of the pain medication, you should also begin a stool softener as narcotic pain medication can make you constipated.

Do not wear any jewelry to the surgery center or office. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to get in and out of. Loose exercise or sweat pants tend to work best. Upon checking in you will be taken back to the pre-operating area where Dr. Maloney will come and discuss the plan again, answer any additional questions you have and mark the surgical site. You will also meet the anesthesiologist (if your procedure is at surgery center) and ask him/her any questions you may have.

How is a labiaplasty performed?

The operation takes about thirty minutes. If you choose to go to the surgery center, the anesthesiologist will put you to sleep. Dr. Maloney will numb the area with lidocaine. He will then remove the excess labia tissue and close the incision with dissolvable sutures. A sanitary pad will be placed and you will be ready to go home.

What should I expect after a labiaplasty?

You will wear a sanitary pad since the incisions can ooze for a day or so. This is normal because the labial tissue has very good blood supply. You should rest and eat a healthy diet that is high in protein to speed up the healing process. You may remove your dressings and shower as soon as you get home from the procedure. We allow you to do this because we use soap to clean the area before starting the procedure and you will have some bleeding during the procedure. It is easiest if we let you go home and shower to remove the excess soap and blood. You will feel much more comfortable after you are clean and showered. You will return to our office for your first post-operative exam one week after surgery. You will be swollen for about three weeks after surgery and may return to sexual activity when you feel comfortable. A low-grade fever is not uncommon during the healing process. If you have any questions during the recovery phase, please do not hesitate to call the office any time, day or night.

What are the benefits of a labiaplasty?

After the procedure the excess labia tissue will be removed.

What are the risks of a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty has both aesthetic and health risks, and it is the woman’s personal decision whether the benefits outweigh those risks. Common risks include scaring, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, excessive firmness, or changes in skin sensation. There are also more uncommon, but complicated risks such as deep vein thrombosis. For a full list of risks, go to plasticsurgery.org.