Many ladies or adult women experience enlargement of labia minora and labia majora that lead to cosmetic, psychological, or functional issues. Some of them also experience enlargement of one or both sides of labia minora or asymmetry enduring inflammatory changes, increased irritation or discomfort of sensitive skin during regular activities, painful intercourse, and decreased personal hygiene at the time of menses. Moreover, they also face self-consciousness, increased anxiety levels, embarrassment, discomfort when wearing tight clothing like yoga pants, bathing suits, or tight jeans, and feelings of insecurity while having sexual intercourse. Thankfully, there is no longer a need to suffer from chafing, rubbing, or any other discomfort during exercise or sex. Labiaplasty surgery can help enhance labial appearance, alleviate associated psychological concerns, and also address its functional aspects.
Labiaplasty also referred to as ‘vulval surgery’ or ‘designer vagina surgery’ is a popular, highly demanded cosmetic procedure performed to reduce or reshape the folds of skin on either side of the opening of the vulva (i.e. labia majora and labia minora-outer and inner lips of vagina). Also one must make a note that as it is an intimate and fragile part of the body the surgery should only be performed by an expert gynaecologist and cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Chaitali Mahajan Trivedi.
One can get vulval surgery or designer vagina surgery in Mumbai, Juhu at Nanavati Superspeciality Hospital, where Dr. Chatali Mahajan Trivedi performs this surgery and has already helped hundreds of females to achieve the desired outcomes with this surgery.
Naturally, women have different shapes and sizes of lips skin on either side of their vagina. Some factors can affect the size of labia such as hormonal changes, vaginal injury/trauma, heredity, pregnancy, or aging. The reasons for seeking a labiaplasty include both functional and aesthetic concerns. People have a different perception of their desired shape and size of the labia, but the trending labia appearance is smaller and more compact.
Labiaplasty is an elective procedure but the candidates who would be undergoing labiaplasty should be:
To know if one is an ideal candidate for this procedure they can consult Dr. Chatali Mahajan Trivedi, a Labiaplasty Surgery Specialist In Mumbai.
The first consultation ensures that the candidate is completely comfortable discussing the surgery. It is kept discreet and private. During the personal consultation, the patient is asked about their specific issues to be addressed and their expectations or own personal desires from the surgery. The doctor also makes use of this time for a complete physical evaluation of the genital area and assessment of the overall physical health of the individual. Some points may be taken into account as the size and structure of labia and the symptoms being experienced. A discussion will be held regarding the various methods available to correct the labia, the steps of the procedure, and its associated benefits or risks.
If the surgeon finds a woman to be a good candidate for the surgery, then the decision to take up the surgery or not is left to the candidate. The patient also has the choice of a “cooling off” period wherein she can discuss with the surgeon her potential surgery without any limitation in the number of appointments.
The best course of action that satisfies the needs of the patient is then recommended by the doctor along with a detailed breakdown of the entire treatment and associated costs. Moreover, the doctor might take photographs of the patient's genitals before surgery, if the patient allows, for comparison with after-surgery photos for medical records.
Note: For a successful labia surgery, the candidate needs to find a reputable plastic surgeon who holds knowledge and expertise in dealing with any abnormalities in labia anatomy.
Preparation for labiaplasty surgery
Before the labiaplasty is conducted, Dr. Chatali ensures that the patient is well-prepared for the operation so that the procedure is smooth and complications are minimized as much as possible. This can be checked by looking at whether the candidate has followed the complete set of guidelines given by the doctor before the surgery. The pre-operative care instructions include:
During labiaplasty surgery
Labiaplasty is a day care procedure that usually gets completed within 60-90 minutes but when combined with vaginoplasty or vaginal rejuvenation in Mumbai it can end in approximately 2.5 hours. Before the surgery begins, local or general anesthesia is given to the patient so that the entire procedure feels comfortable. The type of anesthesia can vary depending upon the case. During this time, the patient’s vitals are checked. Then the surgeon makes final markings of the area to be treated after determining the incision pattern that suits the patient to be used as guideline during the surgery.
There are two main types of incision techniques involved in labiaplasty surgery:
i) Trim Labiaplasty
This method is apt for females whose labia minora is slightly larger than labia majora. In this technique, the extended edges of the labia minora are trimmed to create a proportional vulva. The surplus skin is excised from the labia and the edges are stitched. It benefits women who possess dark labial edges and wish to get rid of the darkened skin to achieve normal pink-colored, vibrant labia minora.
ii) Wedge Labiaplasty
As the name suggests; this technique involves the removal of a wedge-shaped piece of tissue from the labia similar to how a garment is tailored. In this procedure, the edges of the labia are not at all touched, thereby giving a natural organic appearance of labia. After the wedge resection, the wounds are closed by fine absorbable sutures.
Following the procedure, the patient is sent to the recovery room for a few hours depending upon the scale of the surgery. As soon after the completion of an initial recovery period, the patient is allowed to go home.
After the labiaplasty surgery
Soon after the labiaplasty surgery, it is normal to expect mild pain in the surgical site accompanied by slight bruising and swelling. These symptoms usually resolve after a few days. Some painkillers can reduce the pain while swelling or any other discomfort like itching or irritation that may occur at the time of healing can be relieved by using ice packs, cooling sprays, or topical moisturizers. After the surgery, the final results may take a few months to be noticed. Most patients resume their work and light routine activities after about 2 to 5 days.
It is important that the patient must also follow the aftercare guidelines to achieve the best outcomes. This includes:
Take an appointment with the surgeon after a week of surgery to review the incision sites properly and to discuss the progression and ongoing treatment for supporting the scarring and healing process. An appointment with the surgeon can be taken after 6-8 weeks of the surgery to have a final check-up.
Every surgery is associated with some risks. Labiaplasty involves minimal or rarely-occurring risks or complications after the surgery if performed by an expert surgeon. After a labia reduction, some patients might experience:
It is important to find a reputable surgeon who is qualified and experienced in performing labiaplasty surgery. Best surgeons are those who can explain the procedure details well including the different techniques involved in labia surgery and give the best unbiased advice to the patient based on their needs. The surgeon must be honest with the patient about the possible outcomes of the surgery, any potential risks, and complications, and be a helping hand for the patients to meet and manage their expectations. The patient can check for testimonials from previous patients who have undergone the same surgery by the surgeon. A good labiaplasty surgeon always keeps the patient’s physical and mental well-being as their top priority.
Yes, other alternatives include non-surgical radiofrequency technology. However, the results are temporary and vary among different patients. Even some creams, exercises, and home remedies claim to reduce the labia size but they are scientifically proven to be ineffective and are a waste of money and time. If the patient is looking for a permanent, guaranteed way of reducing labia size then surgery is the best and only approach available.
To know about labiaplasty surgery cost in Mumbai, Juhu, please feel free to consult Dr. Chaitali Mahajan Trivedi, the best Cosmetic Gynaecologist In Mumbai.