Everything You Need to Know About Labia Reduction Intimate Surgery
More and more individuals are discovering the wonders of a new field in medicine, intimate surgery, thanks in part to the ever-increasing coverage by media outlets as well as online resources. Unfortunately, many of the information contained in these sources are rather conflicting, at best. If you are interested in learning more about labia reduction intimate surgery, you’ve come to the right place as we have compiled all the important and credible information related to labia reduction plastic surgery. This should empower you to make the right decision related to labiaplasty.
A Closer Look at the Labia
The labia serves a protective function, shielding the vagina from any object from the external environment. This piece of soft tissue also helps keep the vagina from drying out as well as helps protect it against the entry of microorganisms. The labia are composed of two parts, an inner labia minora and an outer labia majora. The labia minora is what covers the vaginal opening and the clitoris, the latter of which is covered by the clitoral hood. Ideally, the labia majora should cover the labia minora. Unfortunately, there are some instances when the labia minora extends well over the labia majora in a condition called labial hypertrophy. This occurs in the entire length of the labia.
The labia minora can be likened to the foreskin of the male penis. It plays a secondary role in sexual stimulation with the clitoris taking on the lead. Typically, the nerves that convey sexual stimulation signals extend from the clitoral shaft all the way to the way to the clitoral glans, supplying the glans with erogenous sensations. There are instances when the clitoral glans protrudes well beyond the protective cover of the labia minora resulting in a condition called clitoral protrusion.
Why Labia Reduction Surgery?
Ideally, the labia minor should be completely covered by the firm and well-formed labia majora to resemble that of a closed shell. Any deviations from this “ideal look” are perceived to be a source of emotional anguish as it is considered to be less than appealing. Unusually large labia minora as well as excessively flabby labia majora can be a great source of psychological and emotional distress among modern women. In some cases, these anatomic variations can also lead to pain, labial invagination during sexual, intercourse, and hygiene concerns. These are just some of the more common reasons why a lot of women today seek
Considering Your Options in Labia Reduction Surgery
There are a variety of surgical techniques that plastic surgeons use to reduce the size of the labia minora often depending on the results of a comprehensive physical examination. For the most part, these techniques can be grouped according to the plastic surgeon who developed them. Here are some of the more popular ones.
1. Composite Reduction Labiaplasty — Developed by Prof. Dr. S. Gress, this procedure involved the reduction of the labia minora in three regions: the clitoral hood, the area above the clitoris, and the area just below the clitoris. Additionally, the area just above the clitoris is also shortened to tighten the clitoral hood. This results in the tightening of the entire length of the labia minora with a corresponding correction of the position of the clitoris.
2. Reduction of the Entire Labia Minora — This is similar to Composite Reduction Labiaplasty except that the area above the clitoris is no longer shortened. It comes in two variants: one with correction of the position of the clitoris and one without.
3. Reduction of the Area below the Clitoris — As the name of the procedure implies, this only involves the reduction in the size of the tissue just below the clitoris.
4. Wedge Incision — Developed by Dr. G. Alter, this technique removes a wedge-shaped portion of the labia minora just below the clitoris.
5. Trichot Technique — This is a variant of the Wedge Incision technique and developed by Dr. C. Trichot, removing the wedge-shaped area of the lower segment of the labia minora.
6. Rouziser Technique — This involves removing the ventral part of the labia minora with the remaining tissue moved downwards to tighten the tissue.
7. Crescent Incision — This is similar to the Wedge Incision except that the crescent-shaped area of the labia minora is removed.
8. Hodgkinson Technique — This procedure focuses on removing the excess tissue that protrudes from the entire length of the labia minora below the clitoris.
9. Zigzag Technique — Developed by Dr. Maas, this technique is like the Hodgkinson Technique except that the excision of excess tissue is done in a zigzag manner.
10. Spire Incision — This is a variant of the Wedge Incision where the spire-shaped area of the labia minora just below the clitoris is surgically removed.
Which Should You Choose?
It is evident that if you want really tight and short labia minora, the procedures developed by Prof. Dr. S. Gress (item numbers 1 to 3) offer the best solution as the entire length of the labia is address. Additionally, any clitoral protrusion can also be easily corrected. Unfortunately, the procedure typically lasts around 2 to 2.5 hours and will often entail a higher cost.
To address this cost and time constraints, you can choose the other surgical techniques (item numbers 4 to 10). These are all relatively easy to perform and can be completed in as short as 1 hour. You can thus, expect it to cost much less. Regrettably, you may not be able to obtain the aesthetic quality that you are looking for since only a part of the labia minora is addressed. Furthermore, these don’t address clitoral protrusion.
What are the Risks Involved?
As in any surgical procedures, undergoing any of these labia reduction techniques can pose some risks and the development of a few complications. Understand that the severity of these complications is directly proportional to the competence of the plastic surgeon.
· Pain especially during the first 24 to 48 hours
· Minor hematoma and swelling which typically lasts about 6 weeks
· Abnormal wound healing
· Scar formation
· Sensory disturbances
Labia reduction intimate surgery is fast becoming a trend. Because of this, it is inadvertent that there will be unscrupulous individuals who will take advantage of this growing popularity. You can protect yourself from scams by choosing only the most reputable labiaplastic surgeon you can find.