Clitoroplasty versus Labiaplasty: Which Is Right For You?
Many patients associate cosmetic surgery only with reconstructions of the breasts or face, whether for cosmetic reasons or in response to a major medical event. The truth, however, is that the science of cosmetic surgery has advanced to a point that almost any part of the body can be treated. For women dealing with either medical complications or a desire to alter their visual appearance, clitoroplasty or labiaplasty operations could provide the desired solution. As you might expect, these treatments are more complex than cosmetic procedures like facial injections, so read on to learn the details about which might be right for you.
What is a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, in short, is a surgical procedure that shortens the length of the labia minora and/or labia majora, resulting in a change of appearance of the vulva. Whether the procedure alters the labia minora or the labia majora – or both – is determined through thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon. Approximately 10,000 labiaplasty procedures are performed each year, a far smaller number than that of nose or breast augmentations, which combined add up to about half a million. That being said, there are many women for whom labiaplasty is an operation that drastically improves quality of life.
These quality-of-life improvements that result from labiaplasty are the results of the rare cases in which labiaplasty is medically necessary. Beyond desires for aesthetic adjustment, there are two situations that are typically considered medical justification for undergoing labiaplasty. The first situation occurs when the labia are long enough to get tucked into the vagina during sexual penetration. This phenomenon introduces the risk of tearing the skin of the vulva,which, as might be expected, is very painful. Excessively long labia can also lead to the second circumstance, which is that regular activities like running, biking, sitting, or wearing a bathing suit are uncomfortable because of irritation of the vulva’s skin. Both of these situations have the potential to be resolved via labiaplasty.
When this – simply shortening the labia – is the reason one pursues an operation, the results are usually quite successful. A 2014 study, for example, found that 91% of patients were pleased with the improved sexual satisfaction and quality of life resulting from the operation. Women suffering from preexisting diseases or poor psychological health may not be candidates for surgery; this question will be resolved through consulting your general practitioner, gynecologist, or plastic surgeon.
What Does Labiaplasty Recovery Look Like?
For those who do decide to pursue labiaplasty, what should be expected from the recovery process? The operation itself usually takes between 1 to 2 hours, and is done with either general or local anesthetic. In cases where stitches are used, plastic surgeons typically opt for very small and dissolvable stitches. Most patients are able to go home on the same day as the procedure, though a longer recovery period is still warranted. Women who undergo labiaplasty are advised to take between 3 to 7 days off work, with the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to manage pain and the risk of infection. Avoiding exercise, sex, and tampon use is recommended for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
What is a Clitoroplasty?
Like the labiaplasty procedure described above, clitoroplasty operations are relatively straightforward. The typical operation is performed in the procedure room of a clinic, with local anesthesia applied to the genital area. The procedure is usually completed within an hour, and the recovery period is similarly minimal. Two to three days is the average recovery period, after which most patients are encouraged to resume normal physical and work activities. The exception is sexual intercourse, which should be delayed until the wound and swelling from the operation have resolved completely.
What Does Clitoroplasty Recovery Look Like?
Facial surgery is a significant decision, and it should not be taken lightly. However, for those considering the procedure, it is important to understand the benefits associated with it. By understanding the positive impact that facial surgery can have on your life, you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the procedure.
Ready to undergo your breast augmentation journey? Come meet with us at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center for a complimentary consultation or call us at (703) 574-4342 before moving forward with this procedure! Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang will determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery. If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process, from beginning to end! Also, don’t forget to check out our blog for more information on plastic surgery and plastic surgery trends!
What are the Risks of Labiaplasty and Clitoroplasty?
While these procedures have been very beneficial for the daily lives and sexual lives of many women, it is important to be aware of the potential risks of labiaplasty and clitoroplasty. When it comes to labiaplasty, risks include numbness and chronic dryness in the area, as well as decreased sensitivity of the vulva. The techniques used to perform labiaplasty operations are continuously being improved in order to avoid these outcomes, but it is still important to keep in mind that an excessive removal of skin can hinder the labia from their important role of shielding the vagina from potential infections.
A clitoroplasty carries risks of infection, numbness, excessive scar tissue buildup or excessive bleeding. Like any surgery, labiaplasty and clitoroplasty are both complex procedures that should be handled by a professional plastic surgeon. Where medically necessary or aesthetically useful, however, labiaplasty or clitoroplasty can be a life-changing operation that boosts sexual health and self-esteem in a powerful way. Revitalize your confidence with vaginal rejuvenation!
Let Us Help You!
Our office can provide you with helpful information, schedule a free consultation, and walk you through the many services and procedures we provide.
Contact Dr. Chang's Office:
More Articles For You
Be Bikini Ready This Summer with CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is an advanced technology designed to freeze unwanted fat cells and permanently remove them from your body. keep reading to find out all about why CoolSculpting could be right for you!
Is a Mini Facelift Right for Me?
A mini-facelift may be the perfect solution for you. This short cosmetic procedure can help reduce wrinkles, lines, and sagging around the cheeks, chin, and neck area for a more youthful look. Read on to learn more about this revolutionary procedure and see if a mini facelift is something that could change your life forever!
Gynecomastia Surgery: How to Get a Firmer, Flatter Chest
Gynecomastia is usually not a serious condition, but it can cause physical discomfort, emotional distress, and embarrassment. In some cases, treatment may be necessary, including medication, hormone therapy, or surgery, to alleviate the symptoms of gynecomastia. It’s important to consult a healthcare professional like a plastic surgeon or the medical staff at Aesthetica to determine the underlying cause of a flabby chest and to receive proper treatment recommendations.
New Juvederm Filler Volux is Now Available
The new Juvederm Filler Volux is now available and can help provide immediate results. This revolutionary injectable filler uses hyaluronic acid dermal filler technology to instantly restore the youthfulness of your skin. It works by smoothing lines, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and adding natural-looking volume. In addition, this clinically proven formula helps replenish lost collagen and elastin production to make sure that gorgeous look last longer.