Labiaplasty in Jupiter, FL
Sometimes women are concerned about the appearance of their genitalia while others suffer pain and discomfort in the area. If you’re one of them, you may want to consult with board-certified plastic surgeon, Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, concerning labiaplasty, a surgery performed for patients from Wellington, Vero Beach or the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Often referred to as aesthetic vaginal surgery, labiaplasty is performed on women for a variety of reasons, not all of which are strictly aesthetic in nature. Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon to remove protruding tissue from the genital area. More specifically, portions of the labia minora, the inside lips of the vulva, are decreased making them smaller than the labia majora, the outer and typically the larger-sized lips. Sometimes portions of the clitoris may cause frequent irritation due to extra, surplus skin along the side of the clitoris that is loose and droopy. This may be reduced in labiaplasty surgery, also called a clitoral hood reduction or prepuce reduction.
Who is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
The best candidates are those women who suffer from an elongated labia, and who endure ongoing irritation, tenderness, and pain during normal and athletic activities. If the labia minora is stretched out or elongated and there is a risk of infection and chafing, labiaplasty is recommended. Labiaplasty may also be appropriate if there are frequent instances of the labia minora getting pinched and resulting in pain during bicycle riding and/or during intercourse. If there is embarrassment due to one’s appearance and discomfort when sitting, wearing tight pants or a swimsuit, then labiaplasty may help to solve these issues. Whether due to pregnancy, childbirth or aging, this surgery offers an excellent opportunity for vaginal restoration. However, labiaplasty is not intended to tighten the vagina, and Dr. Koger may recommend alternative treatments in that case.
Can a Labiaplasty be Part of a “Mommy Makeover?”
A mommy makeover used to only include a tummy tuck and a breast lift, but nowadays it has come to include vaginal rejuvenation and any other procedure to improve upon the changes in a woman’s body that occurs during pregnancy and childbirth. Hormonal changes post-childbirth can significantly alter the female genitalia. Dr. Koger tailors every mommy makeover to meet the unique and personal desires of each woman.
Can Labiaplasty Be Done Before Pregnancy?
An adult woman of any age can undergo labiaplasty surgery. The changes made during the surgical procedure do not interfere with or complicate pregnancy or childbirth. However, a pregnant woman may choose to reconsider the timing of the procedure until after childbirth to also include any vaginal changes that might occur as a result of childbirth. Consulting with Dr. Koger will provide the best and preferred options.
What are the Different Types of Labiaplasty?
There are many different labiaplasty procedures and methods available, depending upon the needs and preferences of each patient. Consulting candidly with Dr. Koger will enable him to recommend the best procedure for you.
What is Labia Minora Reduction?
Reducing the size of the inner lips or labia minora of the vagina has become one of the most popular and desirable cosmetic surgeries, particularly for women dissatisfied with their genitalia. The procedure makes the inner labia smaller than the labia majora by skillfully removing the excess tissue reducing the size of the labia minora. Creating vaginal symmetry provides for greater aesthetics. The entire procedure can take from one to two hours.
What is Labia Majora Reduction?
Some women also feel self-conscious or embarrassed given the size and shape of their labia majora, the outer lips of the vagina. The soft tissue of the labia majora can be apparent when wearing close-fitting attire, such as pants and swimsuits. Dr. Koger may decide to remove surplus tissue from the additional area during your labiaplasty surgery; alternatively, you may only require changes to the labia majora.
What is Clitoral Hood Reduction?
The clitoral hood made of soft tissue covers and protects the clitoris. Some women experience limited sexual pleasure because of the additional tissue covering the clitoris. When there is too much tissue, sexual stimulation may be difficult or impossible. In instances where there is too much tissue, a clitoral hood reduction may be recommended. While protecting the clitoris, this procedure will remove the excess tissue.
What Happens During a Labiaplasty?
General anesthesia is used to eliminate the possibility of pain during the procedure. Dr. Koger will gently mark the area where the tissue will be removed once the patient is sedated. Wearing special surgical glasses for magnification, the doctor will begin to delicately remove the designated skin and tissue.
An antibiotic ointment should be used as protection against the possibility of infection and to further the healing process. Immediately following the procedure is a brief period in the recovery room where progress is monitored.
Is Liposuction Done Together With Labiaplasty?
Liposuction may be performed with labiaplasty. Dr. Koger has recommended liposuction in conjunction with labiaplasty because the liposuction can accurately shape the labia. Dr. Koger may also propose the removal of unwanted fat from the inner thighs and/or the buttocks. Other areas of the body may be appropriately targeted for improvement at the time for liposuction, such as the back, the abdomen or a tummy tuck.
What is the Recovery Process after Labiaplasty?
Remaining numb post surgery is fairly typical and may last for the entire day. Maintaining a careful and cautious attitude can help ensure the stitches remain intact and undamaged.
You will receive instructions for post-surgical healing and recovery considerations upon returning home.
In addition, it is advisable to remain home from work for at least two days, avoid all strenuous activities for several weeks.
How Do I Know Whether Labiaplasty is Right for Me?
Dr. Koger provides all the details associated with labiaplasty, including the benefits and the specifics of your particular surgery, during your personal consultation. At Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa, we understand that choosing to undergo labiaplasty is a difficult and personal decision, and you can rest assured that you will receive the highest degree of professionalism and consideration. Dr. Koger is a board-certified plastic surgeon with exceptional skill and hands-on experience in this field, giving you reassurance and confidence in his abilities.
How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost?
Most insurance companies consider this procedure to be an elective cosmetic procedure, so they will not cover the costs. Financing options via CareCredit® are available through Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter. For your convenience, credit cards, personal checks, and cash are also accepted.
Deciding to undergo labiaplasty should only be done after carefully weighing out all the available options. Any questions you may have will be answered during your consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeon, Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter. Wellington, Vero Beach and the surrounding communities of Palm Beach County are also served by Dr. Koger. Don’t hesitate, contact us today!