Dr. Anna Wooten of Beleza Plastic Surgery performs labiaplasty procedures for Pittsburgh women who wish to reshape their labia. Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of the inner labia and outer labia, which are the folds of skin surrounding the vulva. This procedure has also been called labioplasty or vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Wooten has taken meticulous steps to master the most current labiaplasty techniques and practices.
Dr. Anna Wooten has helped men and women from Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township and beyond look and feel their best with cosmetic surgery. Contact us online today or call 724-759-7777 to schedule your labiaplasty surgery consultation.
Patients feel comfortable with Dr. Wooten both because she is a female plastic surgeon, and also because they feel confident in her ability to attain excellent results for her patients.
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Why is a Labiaplasty Performed?
Labias come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Furthermore, factors, such as aging and childbirth can influence the appearance of your labia. Sometimes a doctor may recommend a labiaplasty procedure for medical reasons. These cases are usually due to an enlarged labia that may make certain activities like sex or exercising painful. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery may also be performed simply for aesthetic reasons.
There are several conditions which labiaplasty surgery can resolve:
- Congenital defects
- Abnormalities like vaginal atresia ( absence of vaginal passage), intersex conditions (female and male sexual characteristics) or Mullerian agenesis (wrong formation of fallopian tubes and uterus)
- Natural aging
- Stretching and tearing caused by childbirth
Dr. Wooten can perform labiaplasty under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or conscious sedation. You will discuss these options further with Dr. Wooten during your consultation.
Edge Resection Technique
The original technique of this procedure is a simple resection of the tissues on the free edge of the inner labia. This method is used by many plastic surgeons because it is the easiest to perform. Another advantage of this technique is the ability to conceal the darkened, irregular labial edges with linear scars.
Central Wedge Resection Technique
This technique involves removing and cutting the full wedge of tissues from the thickest part of the labium. This approach preserves the wrinkle-free edge of the outer labia.
De-epithelialization involves cutting of the epithelium. This can be done either with medical laser or scalpel. This approach can reduce the excessive vertical tissues and preserve the corrugated free edge of the outer labia. Thus, it also preserves the erectile and sensory attributes of the inner or outer labia.
Labial Reduction with Clitoral Unhooding
Oftentimes, this procedure involves the resection of the clitoral hood, especially when the skin’s thickness interferes with the sexual response. The surgical approach of clitoral unhooding includes the soft tissues’ V to Y advancement. This can be achieved through suturing the hood of the clitoris to the pubic bone.
After a labial reduction procedure, you will experience minimal pain. Our patients leave the hospital or office on the same day, and are able to quickly resume their normal activities. We provide our patients with a specialized cooling pack for the area.
In consultation, Dr. Wooten will inform you that soon after the operation the reduced labia may swell, but this swelling will dissipate shortly.
Post-Op Care Instructions
You will be instructed on proper post-operative care by our office. Instruction includes the following tips:
- After the appropriate amount of time, properly bathe the area, so as to prevent infection.
- Take your medication on time. Use only products recommended by our nurses.
- Rest. Take it easy for three to four days.
- Call our office immediately should you be concerned about unusual pain or swelling.
- Allow time to heal; refrain from sexual activities for several weeks after the labiaplasty.
Medical risks or complications due to this procedure are not common. However, there are some cases where women may experience infection, bleeding, poor-wound healing, labial symmetry, overcorrection or under correction.
Will I have to avoid sex after a labiaplasty?
Yes, you will. For a period of six weeks, patients will have to abstain from sex. Also, you’ll have to avoid wearing tampons, masturbation, and other activities that could impede healing.
What are the risks of Labiaplasty?
Typically, complications with this procedure are few and far between. Because general anesthesia isn’t necessary, many risks typically associated with cosmetic surgery are eliminated. Of course, it is a surgical procedure, and should be taken seriously. However, other than a few weeks of compromised sensation, you should not have any long-term side-effects.
Why has labiaplasty become so popular?
Some have called it the “yoga pants” effect. Perhaps because this part of a woman’s anatomy is more visible than it was before, we are simply more conscious of it.
The increase in labiaplasty can also be attributed to the safe and straightforward nature of the surgery. Labiaplasty is a quick procedure. And the recovery period is relatively short and pain free.
I’m a virgin; will labiaplasty affect this?
No. The procedure is purely cosmetic in nature, and will not interfere with the inner parts of your anatomy.
Will labiaplasty change my sensitivity?
When labiaplasty is performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon that knows what they are doing, it should not cause any permanent change in sensitivity. The procedure does not affect the nerves responsible for sensitivity, and the clitoris (the area from which many women derive sexual pleasure) is left untouched. The genital tissues may feel sore, swollen or tender for a few weeks after surgery, but those sensations should resolve on their own.
As with any surgery, nerve damage can be a risk, however Dr. Anna Wooten minimizes this risk by using the ‘wedge resection technique’ when she performs labiaplasty. This method of performing the procedure means that the risk of compromised sensation is minimal.
Will it affect sexual experience?
Labiaplasty usually has a positive effect on a woman’s sexual experiences because it increases self-confidence and personal comfort. Women that feel self-conscious of the way their genitals look, or find their long or prominent labia to be physically uncomfortable, often believe that it interferes with sexual intimacy. Labiaplasty enhances the appearance of the vaginal area and trims long or asymmetrical labia, boosting self-confidence and personal comfort. These factors enable many women to enjoy a very satisfying sex life after surgery.
Is labiaplasty permanent?
The results of labiaplasty are considered to be permanent. Dr. Wooten’s patients typically do not require any further surgery.
What is my recovery after labiaplasty?
At least four days of sitting, not even taking your dog for a walk or even grocery shopping. After 4 days you can return to light duty/desk job without excessive walking.
At three weeks you can return in the gym, back to the normal activity level.
At six weeks you can put a tampon in and can have intercourse or engage in an activity like riding a bike.
Remember, this procedure has very low risk of complications!!! As long as you follow 4-3-6 rule!
How long does it take for the stitches to dissolve?
Dr Wooten will place two types of sutures during your labiaplasty procedure. The superficial layer of sutures will be visible and palpable (can feel them) on the surface of your incision like a fine hair and it will start to dissolve around 2-3 weeks. It is normal to experience itching during that period, it is part of the normal healing process.
Deep sutures you will not see but will feel them like knots or bumps after the swelling will subside (approximately 4-6 weeks). Those sutures may take 2-4 months to absorb.
How do I go to the bathroom during the healing period?
Infections are very uncommon. That is why we do not prescribe antibiotics. Instead of wiping that area –just simply dab. There is no need to use soap or other disinfecting products.
How long will I be swollen for?
Even after the 2-week time frame swelling will be present, however the majority of the swelling is over. This is normal. Yes, swelling will still be present on your labia.
When can I have sex and why do I have to wait 6 weeks?
You cannot yet have sexual intercourse. The incisions are still considered to be fresh and can open up with aggressive friction. Do not expect your labia to be back to normal yet or back to your baseline. You will still have swelling. You may not be wearing any tight clothing/underwear if you are sensitive to the pressure and this is fine. Schedule your procedure when you can refrain from sex for up to six weeks. Your incisions need adequate time to heal. The worst situation would be that you don’t listen, and possibly split your incision open, thus requiring more healing time for you. This new opening will then have to heal first before I will be able to redo your surgery. This increases the length of your healing time as you are essentially having two procedures done instead of just the original one. It is advantageous to follow Dr. Wooten’s instructions closely in order to get the best result with the least amount of recovery time.
How long should I keep applying ice to the area?
Avoid keeping the cold compresses on the area longer than 15 minutes in a row to avoid skin damage, but you can keep icing your incision as long as you feel that it is helping you.
Will I still be bleeding from my incisions (where I was cut) when I leave?
Mild blood-tinged drainage is normal. You may have some stinging with urination. Using a spray bottle filled with water to squirt on the incisions as you urinate as this will dilute the urine running over your incisions and take away the sting. Additionally, it gives the added benefit of cleaning the area after urination.
How long do I have to wait to go swimming or take a bath?
Patients are educated not to submerge their incisions in water (such as in a bathtub, pool, hot tub or ocean) for at least 6-8 weeks.
What will my incision(s) look like?
Scars will be red for 3 months. After that, they will gradually fade and soften. The scar is located along the labia minora on the right or left side or both sides.