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Considering a Labiaplasty in Houston?

The labia minora are the “inner lips” covering the vaginal opening and clitoris. Some women have excessively large labia minora, either from genetics or as a result of giving birth. The labia may also be uneven or thick. Regardless of the cause, women with enlarged labia can experience significant discomfort during intercourse. Clothing, such as panties and tight jeans, can be uncomfortable enough to affect one’s normal daily activities. Additionally, overly large labia minora can have a negative effect on one’s self-esteem and self-confidence because the condition can be viewed as unattractive in intimate settings. Labiaplasty surgery can provide resolution to this issue.

What Is Labiaplasty and Who Are Good Candidates?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces excess skin from the labia minora and an ideal procedure for rejuvenating the vaginal area. With a few simple incisions, the labia minora is reduced in size and can be reshaped if necessary to create a more appealing look and comfortable feel. This procedure also improves hygiene and eliminates pain experienced during intercourse or while wearing tight clothing. Liposuction may also be used as part of the procedure.

Good candidates are women who are self-conscious about or who experience discomfort from excessively large labia minora. While there are exceptions, this procedure is most commonly performed on post-pubescent women who are in overall good health. This type of elective surgery is not recommended for women with underlying health conditions. During your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Schusterman will go over your full health history and determine whether Houston labia reduction surgery is the right option for you.

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What Occurs During a Labiaplasty in Houston?

The surgeon will create several incisions in order to reduce the excess skin enlarging the labia. Liposuction may also be used in certain cases. Local anesthesia is used in most cases, although twilight anesthesia may also be used. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours to complete. Although the labia may become stretched again due to pregnancy, childbirth or sexual activity, results are permanent. Results vary by patient, which is why it’s essential to discuss expectations with your surgeon.

What Are the Potential Risks?

Because labiaplasty is a surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. While this procedure is relatively simple and not as risky as other types of surgery, there are problems that may arise. Potential complications include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Poor healing
  • Infection
  • Labial asymmetry
  • Need for a second surgery
  • Labia that is too large or too small

What Can You Expect from Labiaplasty?

If you are considering labiaplasty in Houston, it’s important to know what type of results to expect from the surgery. While results will vary based on a number of factors, improvements may include:

  • Boosted self-confidence
  • Improved appearance
  • Reduced pain and discomfort caused by clothing
  • Reduced pain and discomfort associated with sexual activity
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Where Is the Surgery Performed?

Labiaplasty in Houston can usually be performed in-office using local anesthesia. Depending on the amount of skin to be excised, more difficult cases may require general anesthesia at our adjacent surgery center. The procedure typically takes one to two hours and recovery is about two weeks.

What Will Happen During the Consultation?

First and foremost, you can expect complete confidentiality. We realize that this is a private and sensitive subject and our Houston plastic surgery staff is committed to your privacy. Dr. Schusterman will request your full medical history and discuss your expectations of the procedure. He will also inform you of the expected outcomes and detail the risks, costs, recovery and financing options available to you. We are dedicated to helping you make the best decision for your personal situation.

What Is Involved as Part of the Recovery Process?

Post-surgical discomfort is easily managed with over the counter pain medication. Because all stitches are dissolvable, there is no need for suture removal. Normal activities may be resumed within a week and sexual intercourse usually within three to four weeks.

If you’d like to learn more about Labiaplasty in Houston, please contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.

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