Little Rock Labiaplasty Specialist Dr. Melanie Prince has dedicated her career to helping women feel comfortable and confident in their bodies. We understand that for many women, the issues that drive the desire to seek labiaplasty are rooted in insecurity and discomfort. That’s why you can rest assured knowing that we will maintain the utmost discretion and standards of privacy when it comes to your procedure at Prince Plastic Surgery.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, also referred to as labia reduction surgery, is the most common vaginal rejuvenation procedure.1 It is performed to reduce the size of a woman’s labia minora—trimming the excess tissue of the inner lips of the vulva to allow the lips of the labia minora to sit tucked neatly within the labia majora—the outer lips of the vulva.
Who Gets Labiaplasty?
Every woman—including you—is unique and the size and shape of labia from woman to woman is as individual as your fingerprints. There is no “normal,” but there are physical characteristics such as excess tissue that can cause discomfort making normal everyday functions challenging. Many women who seek labiaplasty do so for practical reasons; especially elongated labia may cause chafing or make sitting on a bicycle seat challenging. In some instances, labiaplasty is covered by insurance companies when excess tissue is causing physical discomfort and distress.
There are just as many women who seek labiaplasty for aesthetic reasons. For these women, the outward appearance of elongated labia can cause them to be self-conscious during sex or while wearing tightfitting pants, a swimsuit, or some types of underwear.
Reasons for Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is one of the world’s fastest growing areas of cosmetic surgery according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.2 Women come to the decision to have labiaplasty for a variety of reasons, both practical and aesthetic. Some of the most common reasons a woman undergoes labiaplasty are to:
- Eliminate discomfort when exercising
- Alleviate irritation and increase comfort during everyday activities
- Reduce the appearance of large labia minora
- Create symmetry for uneven labia minora
- Relieve discomfort during intercourse
- Improve confidence after childbirth
- Restore aging labia or tissue that has changed due to weight loss
Why Choose Dr. Melanie Prince?
Have you been looking for a surgeon who is kind and non-judgemental in addition to being a specialist in labiaplasty? Dr. Prince’s exceptional surgical skill and her philosophy of individualized assessment and treatment plans, coupled with her compassionate bedside manner make her a true rarity. From the moment you step into our office, during your consultation, throughout your surgery, and beyond, you will be pampered and well-cared for by Dr. Prince as well as every member of our staff.
We understand why patients feel frustrated when they are rushed at the doctor’s office, and we do everything in our power to recognize you as an individual when you walk through our doors. Ultimately, we want you to feel safe, respected, and excited about your options. We invite you to experience Dr. Prince’s friendly attitude, her integrity, and her vast wealth of surgical knowledge and ability for yourself.
Plastic Surgeon Vs. Cosmetic Surgeon: The Importance of Plastic Surgery Board Certification
When choosing your labiaplasty surgeon, we know just how hard it can be to find someone who is highly qualified and will give you the personalized time and treatment plan that you deserve. You can be confident knowing that Dr. Prince is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and offers labiaplasty in a state-of-the-art surgical facility to her patients—in addition to maintaining a reputation for natural-looking and beautiful results.
What Will Happen at My Labiaplasty Consultation?
At Prince Plastic Surgery, every member of our team will go out of their way to welcome you to our office. Your consultation is an opportunity to get to know Dr. Prince and to learn about your treatment options. Dr. Prince will use this time to put your mind at ease about labiaplasty because we know that the best patient is an informed patient. We’ll also use your consultation to assess your medical history and review any challenges you may be facing with your current anatomy as well as the look you’d like to achieve for your vulva. You can feel confident knowing that we have your best interests in mind and will never pressure you to commit to any procedure before you’re ready.
How is Labiaplasty Performed?
Your labiaplasty, or labia reduction surgery, is an outpatient procedure that will be performed onsite at our surgical center in Little Rock using the most technologically advanced equipment available. Your comfort and safety are our utmost concern, so you’ll be given general anesthesia to ensure a quick and painless 1 hour procedure.
Your labiaplasty surgery will begin with the removal of excess labia minora tissue through multiple small incisions. As tissue from the labia minora is excised, Dr. Prince will keep an eye towards creating aesthetically pleasing contours and symmetry across the entire vulva. Small dissolvable sutures will be placed at your incision sites, and will completely disappear after several weeks.
Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Prince will apply a long-term anesthetic that will significantly reduce any postoperative pain you may feel. Your labiaplasty will be an outpatient procedure, meaning that after your surgery you will be allowed to leave to recover in the comfort of your own home.
Dr. Prince will personally guide you through every stage of your labiaplasty and will make sure that you receive the care and surgical excellence that has earned her a reputation of renown.
Dr. Prince is literally wonderful. I love her attitude, and her staff is the best.Talice
She has done such a great job with me I’m considering another surgery to
fix other parts of my body because now i know that i will be in great hands.!
Risks & Complications
Your safety is a top priority to Dr. Prince and she will carefully go over all the potential risks and side effects before your surgery. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with labiaplasty which include bleeding, bruising, and infection.3 A common complication is over-resection, which can lead to chronic dryness, scarring, and discomfort4 or even pain with intercourse.
After your labiaplasty surgery, you’ll be able to return to work within 3 to 4 days. You may experience some discomfort and swelling after your surgery which Dr. Prince will help you manage with medication. You should wait 2 weeks after your surgery to use a tampon and wait 4 weeks before having intercourse or engaging in strenuous activity.
For most patients, labiaplasty surgery results in very little scarring and is virtually undetectable after healing is complete. Our patients report boosted confidence, improved sexual intimacy, and a newfound ease with physical activities that were previously challenging due to excess labia tissue.
How long does the procedure take?
The labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that generally takes one hour.
Does labiaplasty result in loss of sexual sensation?
Labiaplasty rarely interferes with sexual gratification or causes sexual dysfunction.5 However, it is critically important that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure to minimize risk and ensure an optimal aesthetic result.
How long does the swelling/itching/bruising usually last?
During your labiaplasty recovery, you may experience some swelling, bruising and itching. For most, bruising and swelling occurs directly after surgery and subsides gradually over several weeks.
Will there be a scar after labiaplasty? What will it look like?
Dr. Prince takes great care to place the incisions within the natural folds of tissue so that scarring is virtually undetectable.
When can I get back to my active lifestyle after labiaplasty surgery?
You can go back to work one week after surgery. We recommend that you refrain from strenuous physical activity and sexual intercourse for at least four weeks after your surgery.
Contact Dr. Prince
Are you interested in learning more about Labiaplasty or a Mommy Makeover? The best way to figure out if surgery may be right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Prince at her Little Rock office. She will take the time to answer all your questions and give you the information you need to make a decision you feel good about. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
1,3-4 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgical Options. Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/vaginal-rejuvenation/labiaplasty. Accessed November 12, 2019.
2 International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Worldwide Cosmetic Surgery Trends to Watch for in 2018! January 23, 2018. Available here: https://www.isaps.org/blog/worldwide-cosmetic-surgery-trends-watch-2018/. Accessed November 12, 2019.
5 Goodman MP, Placik OJ, Benson RHIII et al. A large multicenter outcome study of female genital plastic surgery. J Sex Med . 2010;7(4 Pt 1):1565-1577. Accessed November 12, 2019. Lista F, Mistry BD, Singh Y, Ahmad J. The safety of aesthetic labiaplasty: a plastic surgery experience. Aesthet Surg J . 2015;356:689-695. Accessed November 12, 2019.
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