Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure where the outer lips of the vagina, otherwise known as the labia, are shortened or reshaped. There are rare cases where this procedure was done for medical reasons, as most of the women who undergo it, do it solely for cosmetic reasons. In a society where almost anything can be fixed through surgery, it can be easy to jump on the bandwagon just for the sake of it. Before you book an appointment to get your lady bits reduced, it would be to your benefit to learn about the risks involved. There are risks associated with this procedure, just as there are with any other plastic surgery procedure.
Risks During The Procedure
Because general or local anesthetic is used during the prior, you may experience nausea and anxiety that are normal side effects of anesthesia. These effects may wear off a few hours following the procedure. Although slim, there are risks of you bleeding excessively after the incisions have been made. This is rare, but it can happen in the event that you took alcohol, blood thinning medication such as aspirin or have a genetic condition that causes you to bleed excessively.
Risks After The Procedure
You should expect some degree of swelling following the procedure, which is normal in 95% of surgeries. The swelling should go down after a couple of days or weeks, with the help of cold compresses. In some instances, the swelling does not go down and seems to worsen over time. It is often accompanied by redness and inflammation, as well as a burning itching sensation. These are usually the first signs of an infection. If left untreated, the infection could spread, thus delaying your healing time and also leading to other complications.
Loss of feeling is another risk you will need to face. Some patients have reported losing feeling in their labia following the procedure. This is usually as a result of nerve damage during the surgery. Numbness may be experienced especially once the anesthetic has been administered, but if it still persists then you may need to consult with your doctor. Numbness of the labia may affect the intimacy of some women, leading to disappointment, especially if the motivation behind the labiaplasty was to enhance their intimacy with their partners.
One other risk you would have to face is the results of your surgery turning out to be not what you expected. You may be left with little, to no labia, especially if you did not take your time to look into whether or not the clinic you chose is capable of performing labiaplasty surgeries. In some cases, the patient may be left with one labia being bigger or smaller than the other. This will lead to corrective surgery, which will lead to added expenses.
If you have looked at all the risks, and still feel like you want to have the surgery done, then you need to be thorough when looking at the background of the clinics that carry out labiaplasty procedures, in order to minimize the risks of any of these complications developing.
Dr. Tavakoli is a renowned plastic surgeon based in Sydney Australia. He has helped many women who once suffered in silence enjoy a normal sexual life. Call him today for your appointment.