One of the most frequently asked questions we receive about labioplasty surgery concerns the possibility of scarring. Since labioplasty is performed on the intimate part of the body, we want you not to think about this possibility.
As with most surgical procedures, labioplasty incisions are likely to leave scars as the tissue involved may thicken or become discolored. Although labioplasty leaves very soft scars, the quality of the scars is excellent.
Painful scarring after labioplasty is more likely to heal over time, and the pain will likely subside in 3-6 months. However, if a painful scar remains after 5-6 months, retouching surgery may be required to improve the outcome of the cropped-edge labioplasty. Wedge labioplasty rarely requires scar revision or corrective surgery.
Once the soluble stains have dissolved, the scar tissue will become compact and then soften after a few months. Within 3-4 weeks, dissolvable threads dissolve spontaneously, leaving natural scars.
Labiaplasty uses dissolvable threads, which usually dissolve within two to four weeks. During the labioplasty, the surgeon will use dissolvable threads, which disappear completely after about four weeks. During labioplasty, plastic surgeons often use dissolvable sutures in the surgical area, which usually disappear within 3-4 weeks.
Complete healing of a labioplasty can take anywhere from eight weeks to six months. It can take four to six months to heal before the swelling is completely gone before you see the final results of the labioplasty.
You will fall asleep during the procedure under general anesthesia. An anesthetist will meet with you on the day of your surgery to discuss anesthesia in more detail. The exact nature of your surgery will be discussed with you during consultation with your surgeon.
Your provider will discuss which type of anesthesia is best for you during the planning phase of your labioplasty. You will discuss your expectations and goals, as well as the risks of the operation. First, you and your surgeon will discuss the reasons why you want to have a labioplasty.
You will be given instructions on what to wear during surgery, when to stop eating and drinking, when to adjust or temporarily stop certain medications, and other information on how to prepare for surgery. The surgeon will then explain the details of labiaplasty, including the location of the incisions and what to expect from changes in lip size and shape. If your doctor considers surgery to be medically necessary, your insurance will usually cover the surgery if you have the appropriate level of coverage.
You should have a labioplasty if you have problems with the functioning of your lips, if you experience discomfort during intercourse, or if you don’t like the look of your vulva. When performed correctly by an experienced and experienced vaginal rejuvenation surgeon, labioplasty often does not leave any visible scarring. When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon such as our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, revision labioplasty will not leave visible scars. Revision labioplasty is a surgical procedure designed to create symmetry for uneven lip margins or to remove more tissue than was originally removed during a previous labioplasty.
In proper revision labioplasty procedures, usually, only one side of the labia is operated on to ensure that both sides are symmetrical. Some will use a straight incision, commonly known as an undercut labioplasty, which means the scar is located around the edge of the lips. Women who are considering labioplasty will be happy to know that the typical incisions are very small, meaning that the scars will be small and well hidden in the natural anatomy. Usually, the labioplasty site is completely hidden.
In the vast majority of cases, neither the patient nor their partner can distinguish the labioplasty scar after it has completely healed. Often the scar is very well combined with the tissue of the labia minora, which naturally has numerous wrinkles and folds. Scars on the lips are usually almost invisible, as the incisions are tiny, the tissue is thin, with a good blood supply, and the lips already have a natural “wrinkled” appearance before the operation. While the scar tissue will initially be firmer and thicker in the first few months after the procedure at Dr. Yarish Surgical Center in Houston, over time the tissue will soften and become almost invisible.
After the operation, you usually experience only minimal discomfort from the local anesthetic injected into the operated area during the operation. No, after the operation, you will not feel any loss of sensation in the lip area. Under general anesthesia on the day of surgery, you will be asked to stop eating 6 hours before surgery and drink only water 2 hours before surgery. The labioplasty does not target this area and because it does not penetrate deep into the vagina, the young woman will still be a virgin after the labioplasty surgery.
An important preoperative question that patients should ask their surgeon is how much scarring will remain after the surgical site heals, so let’s see what the answer is for patients who choose to undergo labioplasty. Patients considering labioplasty often want to know how long they can stay out of the game, so to speak. Why do so many Houston women who want liposuction do it because they are unhappy with the appearance of their genitals, which may be naturally larger, have grown in size due to changes in hormone levels, or have changed in size or appearance following childbirth or trauma – they are quite understandably interested in whether scars will remain on their labia minora and/or labia majora after surgery.