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Top 4 Things to Know Before Getting Labiaplasty

Patricia Villate | June 14, 2024 | Posted in Labiaplasty Surgery
woman after having labiaplasty procedure.

When you think of plastic surgery, you might imagine a facelift or liposuction—some sort of procedure that has a significant effect on a person’s appearance in the eyes of others. While some plastic surgeries are performed on more private areas of a person’s body, they can still make a world of difference for that person’s self-confidence and comfort level.  

A labiaplasty is one such procedure. It’s performed on either the labia minora (inner labia) or the labia majora (outer labia). The shortening of the labia is typically done for cosmetic reasons, but in some cases, it’s done out of medical necessity. For example, excessively long labia can result in discomfort during everyday movements and pain during sex. 

Regardless of why you’re planning on undergoing a labiaplasty, there are a few things you ought to know. 

1. It’s Essential to Find a Board-Certified Surgeon 

Your health is your most precious possession. It’s important to entrust your health to someone who has the right credentials and plenty of experience. Ideally, look for a New York plastic surgeon who has achieved board certification, which is the gold standard of excellence in medical credentialing. 

2. Always Disclose Your Full Medical History 

Labiaplasty procedures are generally well-tolerated and successful. However, as with any medical procedure, there will be some risks involved. To minimize the risks, it’s important to disclose your full medical history. This includes all of your medical conditions, history of surgeries, and medications and supplements. 

3. Ask Questions During the Consultation 

The plastic surgeon you choose should welcome your questions and answer them in full. Never hesitate to ask questions during the consultation. In fact, it’s ideal to arrive prepared with a list of written questions and a pen for taking notes. 

Some questions you might want to ask include: 

  • Is a labiaplasty appropriate for me? 
  • What are the potential risks and side effects? 
  • Should I have a labiaplasty before having kids or wait until after? 
  • What can I expect from the recovery? 
  • If I have questions or concerns during the recovery, is someone at the office available to talk to me by phone? 
  • What can I expect from the results? 

4. You’ll Want to Prepare for the Recovery in Advance 

A labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure. You’ll need to arrange for a responsible adult to take you home afterward and stay with you at least until the effects of the anesthesia wear off.  

It’s ideal to take at least a few days up to a full week off work, as you’ll experience swelling and discomfort. Plan on taking it easy and focusing on self-care. Your plastic surgeon will provide full discharge instructions, which will include avoiding showering for the first 48 hours and avoiding strenuous activities, swimming, tampon usage, and sex for the first four weeks. (Some patients need to wait six weeks before returning to tampon usage and sexual activity.) 

Ahead of your procedure, you’ll want to make sure that you have the following items on hand: 

  • Several ice packs in the freezer 
  • Plenty of loose, comfortable clothing, including loose, soft underwear 
  • Pads in lieu of tampons 
  • Prescription medications and surgeon-recommended over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers 
  • Hypoallergenic baby wipes 
  • Ready-made meals for a few days 

Consult a Top Labiaplasty Surgeon in Manhattan 

When it comes to your health and safety, experience and credentials matter. It’s why so many women choose top labiaplasty surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience, Dr. Loeb delivers exceptional results while never compromising on patient care and safety.  

Schedule a confidential, discreet consultation with Dr. Loeb in his Manhattan office today. 

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