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Sugar Land, TX 77478

Labiaplasty Houston

Labiaplasty: Improve the appearance of the labia minora or majora

Before & After

Timeless Cosmetic Surgery‘s before-and-after pictures of real patients.

  • What is a labiaplasty?

    A labiaplasty involves surgery to either of the labia, whether it is to the labia minora or labia majora. Most commonly, however, it is the labia minora that women want to improve the cosmetic appearance to.
  • Important Terms:

    • Vulva – The external female genetalia
    • Labia majora – The 2 external mounds of tissue that make up the outer border of the vulva (outer labia).
    • Labia minora – The internal tissue located on either side of the vaginal opening (inner labia).
    • Clitoris – A small, very sensitive organ located at the top of the vulva and at the junction of the labia minora.
    • Clitoral Hood – The area of the vulva where the skin covers the clitoris like a “hood.”
    • Frenulum – The end of the labia minora as it approaches the back of the vaginal opening.
  • Do ALL plastic surgeons/OBGYNs perform labiaplasties?

    NO!!! You must be VERY careful when picking a surgeon to perform your labiaplasty. You want to make sure that they understand ALL of the female anatomy that I have mentioned above. You want to make sure they can address every aspect of the female anatomy to achieve the best over all cosmetic result. Looking at before and after pictures and reviews is of the utmost importance and board certification should be a MUST when choosing your surgeon.

  • Why do women get labia minora reductions?

    Large labia minora can be asymmetric or protrude past the labia majora which many women find to be cosmetically unappealing. They can also be seen bulging through clothing such as tight pants or swim suits a phenomena very unflatteringly termed “camel toe.” Large labia minora can also lead to functional issues such as pain or irritation with intercourse and exercise, difficulty with maintaining hygiene and they can painfully get caught in zippers.

  • Will I still have labia minora?

    Yes!!! The goal ISN’T to remove the labia minora completely! The minora do serve a function in protecting the inner structures and plays a role in sexual stimulation so some labia minora needs to remain. The aesthetic goal of a labiaplasty involving the labia minora is to have the labia minora lay just inside the labia majora so they are not seen protruding past the labia majora especially while standing. This way the labia majora will be able to keep the labia minora completely hidden while standing.

  • What if I don’t want anything done to my labia minora but don’t like seeing them protrude past my majora?

    Depending on how much protrusion of the minora one has fat injection to the majora is an option. This option works best if the minora only minimally protrudes past the majora. In essence, instead of making the minora smaller, the majora are made slightly larger to help better hide the minora.

  • What do women get done to the labia majora?

    This depends on what the issue concerning the patient is. In some women, the labia majora becomes deflated which leads to the majora looking flat and at times full of wrinkles. In this case, fat injection to the labia majora can lead to a more youth full appearance by replenishing the volume and therefore getting rid of the wrinkles. Increasing the volume and therefore the projection of the labia majora can also make the labia minora look relatively smaller and can hide them better.

    There is also the opposite of what was previously described and this is liposuction of the labia majora. This is requested by women who have too much fullness to the labia majora. The amount of liposuction is usually minimal and frequently liposuction of the pubic area is also performed.

  • Can anything be done to my clitoral hood?

    Yes!!! Some women have too much skin over the clitoris and the clitoris is a very important organ for female orgasm and sexual stimulation. I frequently will perform a clitoral hood reduction in which some of the excess skin will be removed to help expose the underlying clitoris and because it is slightly more exposed this can lead to increased sexual pleasure!!!

  • Can anything be done about that part of my minora that goes all the way to the back of my vaginal opening?

    Yes!!! That is called the frenulum. When doing a labiaplasty it is VERY important to address all the aspects of the labia to make sure that the patient is satisfied in all aspects after the surgery. I very frequently address the frenulum so that everything is smooth and blends together well.

  • Can anything be done to tighten my vagina at the same time?

    Yes!!! After childbirth and just with age, the vaginal vault can widen. The vaginal vault and opening can be tightened leading to a more rejuvenated vagina. This can lead to more sexual pleasure for both the male and female.

  • What will my postoperative care involve?

    You will be given all the prescriptions needed during your pre-operative visit. That way you will have plenty of time to have them filled prior to surgery. This operation is not very painful, especially with the pain meds that are prescribed, and patients are usually able to move around pretty normally in just a couple of days.

    • Cleanse operative area each time after urinating with a spray bottle containing normal saline solution.
    • Apply a small amount of bacitracin to the incisions after each rinse with saline.
    • Sitting is to be avoided if possible for the 1st week.
    • No driving for at least 1 week and while on pain medication.
    • No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.
    • No sexual activity for 6 weeks.
    • No tampons for 6 weeks.
  • Does Dr. Mehta charge patients for follow up visits?

    NO!!! I have an open door policy and do not charge my patients to come and see me after their surgery. If for any reason you feel like you need to be seen sooner than your scheduled appointment you can always call the office and the staff will fit you in.

  • Will a labiaplasty be covered under insurance?

    No, it won’t. This is considered a cosmetic procedure and cosmetic procedures do not get covered under insurance. Also, Timeless Plastic Surgery is a completely cosmetic based practice so we do not take insurance.

  • Why is having a labiaplasty safer with Dr. Mehta?

    I perform all my surgical procedures under IV sedation (twilight) and do not use general anesthesia. No breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is needed because you are able to maintain all your protective reflexes, breath completely on your own and your blood flows better. The post-operative risks of using IV sedation (the way I do my surgeries) compared to general anesthesia are MUCH less including but not limited to decreased risk of nausea, vomiting and MOST importantly a significantly DECREASED risk of forming blood clots. Your heart, lungs and blood pressure will be monitored during the entire operative procedure and no pain will be felt during the procedure. Studies have shown IV sedation to be much safer than general anesthesia.

  • What if I need to speak to someone after hours?

    Immediately after surgery you and your caregiver will be given my personal cell phone number to call on weeknights and weekends with any questions or concerns.

  • How do I prepare for a labiaplasty?

    Detailed post-operative instructions will be given during your pre-operative evaluation, which usually takes place about 2 weeks before your planned procedure. Here are some general helpful guidelines:

    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop all herbal medication, Aspirin products (Alleve, Ibuprofen, Advil etc…), vitamin E and fish oil/Krill oil at least 1 month before surgery as long as it is approved by your physician.
    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop ALL tobacco products AT LEAST 6 weeks before your surgery to decrease the risk of healing complications associated with smoking. (This includes patches and gum)
    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop all hormone-based medications if approved by your physician at least 1 month before surgery. If stopping birth control please use non-hormonal methods for continued birth control.
    • Arrange for someone to look after you for at least the first 48-72 hours after surgery. (This can be a dependable and capable family member, friend or a hired caretaker)
    • Arrange transportation for your clinic appointments and for your family members because you will not be able to drive for at least 1 week.
    • Help will be needed for housework and for small children because heavy lifting or strenuous activity will not be allowed for 6 weeks.
    • Feminine pads
    • Tight fitting underwear
    • Gentle spray bottle and normal saline wash
    • Milk of magnesia
    • Light foods and plenty of fluids are recommended after surgery with the following as examples: Electrolyte replacement drinks, soups, yogurt with acidophilus/lactobacillus, jello, pudding, crackers etc…
  • What will be provided for me?

    • During your pre-operative evaluation (approx 2 weeks before surgery) you will be given prescriptions for pain medications, an antibiotic, a stool softener, an antibiotic ointment and anti-nausea medications.
    • Along with other medications during surgery you will get the appropriate dose of IV antibiotics.
    • Immediately after surgery you and your caregiver will be given my personal cell phone number to call on weeknights and weekends with any questions or concerns.
  • How long is the recovery?

    • Sitting is to be avoided if possible for the 1st week.
    • No driving for at least 1 week or while on pain medication.
    • 1 week off work.
    • No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.
    • No sexual activity for 6 weeks.
    • No tampons for 6 weeks.
  • How often will I need to be seen for follow up?

    Patient care is of the utmost importance to my staff and I. Therefore, I tend to keep a very close eye on my patients to make sure the recovery goes as smoothly as possible so that any issues can be prevented or taken care of as soon as possible. I will call you the same night of your surgery, once you are at home, to make sure everything is going well and that you and your caretaker have no questions or concerns. The following is a general schedule of appointments but can be changed at any time:

    • Once a week for the 1st 2 weeks
    • Once a month for the next 2 months
    • At your 6 month mark from surgery
    • At your 1 year mark from surgery
    • Once a year after your 1 year mark

    There is no charge for follow up appointments. If for any reason you feel like you need to be seen in between appointments or sooner than your scheduled appointment you can always call the office and the staff will fit you in.

  • Are there risks for this surgery?

    With any surgical procedure there are risks, however, these risks are very rare and one usually is at higher risk of getting into a car accident than these risks. Some of the most common, but still infrequently occurring risks include, but are not limited to:

    • Pain
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Asymmetry
    • Scarring
    • Blood collection (hematoma)
    • Poor wound healing
    • Changes in sensation

    As stated before, many precautions are taken by my staff and I to prevent these things from occurring in the first place.

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