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Labiaplasty is the most commonly performed aesthetic genital plastic surgery .

Women want to have labiaplasty for a variety of reasons, Pain from twisting and tugging of the labia during intercourse,or atheletic activities like riding bike itching, irritation and self-consciousness.

A labiaplasty is done to reduce asymmetry when one is longer than the other, or, more commonly, to reduce the length of both labia so that the labia no longer twist, tug during sex or fall out of a bathing suit. Labiaplasty is a procedure that can be done under either local anesthesia or under general anesthesia or sedation. According to multiple studies, labiaplasty surgery is associated with a high satisfaction rate of over 90 percent.

Risks of a labiaplasty?

The risks associated with labiaplasty include bleeding, hematoma and infection. over-resection (some women desire an aggressive reduction but this can result in chronic dryness, scarring at or near the vaginal opening and pain with intercourse.), healing problems ( more likely to occur with a wedge procedure and particularly if the patient is exposed to substances that cause blood vessels to shrink like smoking).

Labiaplasty procedure

The most common type of labiaplasty is the trim procedure, in which the extra tissue is removed and sewn up directly. The other type is the wedge procedure, in which a pie-shaped piece of tissue has been removed. Extra folds of the clitoral hood can also be reduced at the same time of labiaplasty.

Recovering from a labiaplasty

Most patients take a week off from work. Pain and swelling can be reduced by applying a cold pack "twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off." The patient can also lie with her bottom elevated to reduce swelling.

Patients can resume wearing tampons or having intercourse after four to six weeks. Trim labiaplasty generally allows for a quicker recovery.

While the most distorting swelling is gone by 6 weeks, residual swelling may take six months to disappear.

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