Laser Labiaplasty in Los Angeles
Laser reduction labiaplasty, or laser labiaplasty, is a procedure designed to reduce a woman’s large, protruding or asymmetrical labia minor. The second most common plastic surgery procedure performed on the female genitalia, it is typically performed to reduce excess prepuce, or the folds of skin around the clitoris, in order to improve the general appearance of the labia, specifically, and the female genitalia overall.
Benefits of a Laser Procedure
There are many indications that laser labiaplasty in Los Angeles may be right for you. Your inner labial lips may stick out more than you’d like. You may experience irritation and rashes around your labia. Tight clothing may feel uncomfortable. Your enjoyment of sex may have diminished. In all these cases, laser labiaplasty in Los Angeles may help.
An elongated or asymmetrical labia can contribute to a host of other problems, from uncomfortable and ill-fitting clothes to personal dissatisfaction with the shape or size of one’s labia to outright pain from clothing pinching the labia.
Psychological and emotional issues can result from an elongated or asymmetrical labia as well, such as a loss of confidence in social settings and intimate situations. By correcting labial elongation or asymmetry and restoring a healthy, normal look and feel to her labia, a woman can also heal from these physical and emotional consequences.
As for the benefits of laser labiaplasty in Los Angeles over other forms of labiaplasty, by using a precise laser to make tiny incisions into the labia, a plastic surgeon can preserve the outer genitalia’s function and integrity.
Risks and Complications
The risks of laser labiaplasty are minor and mostly associated with surgeries in general rather than the specific procedure. The patient can, for example, react unfavorably to the local anesthesia she is given. In terms of direct side effects, there may some temporary inflammation or minor infection.
At your consultation with the plastic surgeon, make sure to provide a complete medical history. List every medication you currently take, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This helps to ensure your procedure goes smoothly and effectively with a reduced chance of complications and a shorter recovery time.
As the time approaches for your procedure, stop using all blood-thinning medications and any other supplements as your surgeon directs. Continuing to use them while undergoing a laser labiaplasty could lead to unnecessary bleeding or bruising, among other complications.
Stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure, and avoid smoking for at least a week afterward. Nicotine can impede circulation and impair healing. Likewise, limit your intake of alcohol for at least two weeks before and one week after your operation. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your procedure.
For the day of the procedure, make sure you’ve arranged ahead of time for someone to pick you up and take you home afterward. If possible, arrange for that person, or someone else, to stay with you for at least the first day following your procedure. Make sure, as well, that you have enough of all your prescription medications available too to last you through your recovery.
Laser labiaplasty is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia and/or a pudendal block. Depending on how extensive a procedure is required to produce the desired look, the entire procedure generally lasts from one to three hours.
The steps of a typical laser labiaplasty in Los Angeles are as follows:
- The plastic surgeon places a surgical marker on the labia minor where the sutures are to go.
- The surgeon places the sutures according to the markings.
- The surgeon uses a precise and delicate laser to heat up the surrounding tissue.
- The surgeon places skin staples on the labia’s edges to properly align it.
- The surgeon closes the edges with absorbable sutures and removes the staples.
Upon completion of a laser labiaplasty in Los Angeles, you are placed in a recovery room for one to two hours. After you’ve rested and regained your strength, the surgeon will release you into a responsible adult’s custody to transport you home.