As a natural part of aging, and as an after-effect of giving birth to children, there are some negative effects that can occur to women’s bodies. For example, skin surrounding the vagina may become loose or sag with extraneous skin or fat in the labia major or labia minor. But this procedure isn’t just about aesthetics, changes to a woman’s anatomy can cause pain and discomfort when wearing tight-fitting clothing or during sex.
Whether patients seek to remedy this issue for cosmetic or medical reasons, reducing the skin surrounding the vagina can make everyday living easier. From riding a bike or wearing tight-fitting clothing to minimizing pain during intercourse, undergoing a corrective procedure can be quite helpful in restoring life’s pleasures.
Depending on the extent to which the client wishes the skin to be tightened–or removed altogether, there are surgical options, such as labiaplasty, and non-surgical options like ThermiVa. Jim Brantner Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Johnson City, Tennessee seeks to advise and safely serve patients in the surrounding communities. With his skilled staff and team of board-certified plastic surgeons, the practice can help patients find the right solution to their goals of body enhancement.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is plastic surgery performed on the labia major, the larger, outer “lips” surrounding the vagina, or labia minor, which are the smaller, inner “lips.” Labiaplasty is a body enhancement procedure that will alter labia size or shape. In doing so, the labia usually becomes smaller and more symmetrical.
This medical procedure removes and reduces the amount of loose, sagging skin outside the vagina. By lessening the amount of excess labial skin that surrounds the vagina, everyday activities like riding a bike, wearing tight clothing and sex become less painful.
While this surgery can be performed alone, it can also be paired with vaginoplasty. Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens and firms the vaginal tissues in response to the loosening of the skin after childbirth and aging.
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When Is Labiaplasty Necessary?
Labiaplasty is necessary when a patient has excessive loose skin that should be removed for their desired results.
Symptoms that may require patients to undergo labiaplasty include:
- Painful intercourse due to a large labia
- Avoidance of sex associated with painful intercourse
- Pain while performing tasks like cycling or horseback
- Pain while wearing tight clothing due to a large labia
When a labiaplasty is performed, small incisions are made in order to remove extraneous labial skin and fat within the labia. Dissolvable sutures, which fade within two weeks of the procedure, are used to close the incisions.
The medical procedure generally requires an hour to perform, though more complicated surgeries may require more time. General anesthesia, which puts patients under a deep sleep, is often used because the area undergoing the operation is so sensitive. Under normal circumstances, clients return to work and their normal schedule within three to four days after the operation.
Benefits of Labiaplasty
Benefits of labiaplasty are largely cosmetic or visual improvements. Reconstructive improvements, which means the function of the body is improved, can also be attained through this procedure.
Labiaplasty corrects and provides benefits such as:
- Tightens a sagging labia
- Removal of excessive labial skin and fat
- Symmetry correction of labia
- Improved appearance of labia
- Improved sexual intercourse
- Ability to wear tight clothing without pain
ThermiVa As a Non-Surgical Alternative
While labiaplasty is a successful procedure, other options such as ThermiVa should be considered prior to undergoing surgery.
Labiaplasty is an invasive, surgical procedure that requires anesthesia due to the sensitivity of the area of operation. Older patients may not wish to receive anesthesia or undergo surgery, which makes ThermiVa an ideal alternative.
A non-invasive, non-surgical option, ThermiVa uses a wand that emits radiofrequency energy that does not cause damage to the vaginal tissues. As the wand heats the tissues of the vulva, the radiofrequency energy tightens and firms loose tissues. Though ThermiVa provides many of the same outcomes as a labiaplasty, the treatment is better for those wishing to see the same results without removing an excessive amount of labial skin or fat.
Best results often occur after three treatments over the course of three months. This option is better for patients of all ages wishing to receive similar–and more–benefits associated with a labiaplasty. The body enhancement procedure does not require anesthesia and is completely painless.
Consult the Talented Surgeons at Jim Brantner Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
For more information or to receive answers to any questions patients may have, call our Johnson City office. At Jim Brantner Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, safety is our primary goal while helping our community of clients attain their body enhancement goals.
Our highly trained staff and board-certified surgeons are happy to discuss available options and which treatments or procedures will best benefit you. Call today to schedule an initial consultation.
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