Labiaplasty, or the surgical improvement of the labia, has given thousands of women around the world the confidence they need to enjoy their bodies. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Braden B. Stridde is pleased to offer labiaplasty at his practice, helping Bellevue, Washington-area women repair their bodies after childbirth or aging or simply give themselves the results they've always wanted.
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What Is Labiaplasty?
Although it's not always easy to talk about, many women struggle with the appearance of their labia majora or minora. The labia majora are the larger, fleshy "lips" that can be seen from the exterior of the vulva. The labia minora are the smaller, hairless "inner lips" that immediately surround the vaginal opening. In some cases, these lips can be oversized, uneven, or misshapen, causing feelings of self-consciousness during intimacy and physical discomfort during exercise or other activities. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that's intended to improve the size or shape of the external female genitalia for increased physical and emotional comfort.
Some people mistakenly equate labiaplasty with vaginoplasty, also called vaginal rejuvenation, a procedure that tightens the vagina. It's important to remember that labiaplasty and vaginoplasty are 2 distinct procedures. Dr. Stridde does not perform vaginoplasty and is skeptical that such procedures are truly effective.
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Why Choose Labiaplasty?
The choice to undergo labiaplasty is highly personal and should only be made based on your own desires, not the wishes of another person. Some women decide to pursue the surgery because their feelings of self-consciousness about their labia interfere with their enjoyment of intimacy. Some wish to feel confident in tighter clothing and swimwear, while others wish to make certain physical activities, such as biking, more comfortable. Your reasons are your own. During your consultation, Dr. Stridde listens to your concerns and helps you understand whether labiaplasty is likely to give you the results you want.
Many women are attracted to labiaplasty because it's a relatively minor procedure with a brief, easy recuperation. Unlike some other cosmetic surgery procedures that have more dramatic, obvious results, labiaplasty is an overwhelmingly personal procedure that a woman chooses to do for her own satisfaction.
At his Seattle-area practice, Dr. Stridde may perform labiaplasty in conjunction with other procedures for a head-to-toe improvement. Because it improves the labia, which can lose their shape or change in appearance after childbirth, labiaplasty makes a good addition to Mommy Makeover surgery. Similarly, labiaplasty may be performed as part of a body contouring after weight loss procedure to rejuvenate this sensitive area after a significant weight loss. Dr. Stridde is eager to work with you to develop your own personal surgical plan and give you the results you want as safely and efficiently as possible.
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Your Labiaplasty Procedure
When performed on its own, labiaplasty typically requires only local anesthesia with or without sedation. During the surgery, Dr. Stridde carefully removes excess tissue, using proven surgical techniques to achieve symmetry and a natural result while maintaining sensation. He may carefully reduce the size of the labia minora or the labia majora. He uses several different techniques based on your desired outcome, and you'll discuss your precise procedure steps during your pre-op appointment. If you're undergoing labiaplasty on its own, you can expect your surgery to last about 1 hour. If your labiaplasty is a complement to another procedure, Dr. Stridde will provide you with a more detailed timeline prior to your surgery day.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure performed in our on-site, certified surgery center. Although you're permitted to return home after a brief period of observation, it's important that you have a trusted friend or family member to drive you and lend a hand around the house for the remainder of the day.
Recovery After Surgery
Recuperation following labiaplasty isn't particularly uncomfortable or challenging. It's common to experience soreness or discomfort for around 24 hours following surgery, and most people take 1 or 2 days off from work to rest privately at home. Dr. Stridde recommends using a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling and keep yourself comfortable. Although you can return to work and light activities including daily errands relatively quickly, you should avoid sexual activity and strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks. Depending on the specifications of your surgery, Dr. Stridde will advise you on when you can resume certain activities without harming your results. If you're undergoing labiaplasty as part of a larger surgery, Dr. Stridde gives you a more specific timeline during your pre-op visit so that you can plan accordingly.
The results of your labiaplasty should be long-lasting. It's important to follow Dr. Stridde's guidelines as your body heals to ensure that your results look and feel as good as possible for many years. Once you're fully healed, you should feel more comfortable with sexual activity and improved confidence during other favorite activities.