Do You Lose Sensation with Labiaplasty?
As the number of labiaplasty procedures performed continues to rise, so too does the number of questions women have about the procedure. One common concern Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald DeMars hears from potential labiaplasty patients is whether the procedure causes loss of sensation in the vaginal area. In this blog post, Dr. DeMars answers the question in detail.
Labiaplasty is designed to reshape and/or reduce the size of the inner and/or outer vaginal lips. The procedure removes excess labial tissue in these areas but does not affect the nerves that are responsible for sensitivity. Following labiaplasty, patients may experience swelling, tenderness and soreness in the vaginal area. These side effects are only temporary and should subside a few weeks after surgery. When performed by a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon, labiaplasty does not cause any permanent changes in sensation.
In many cases, women report improved sexual satisfaction after labiaplasty. Excess labial tissue can cause physical discomfort during sex, while an unusually shaped labia can be a source of embarrassment or anxiety during sex (and everyday life). Labiaplasty can make sex a much more pleasurable experience, both physically and psychologically.
Are You a Candidate for Labiaplasty?
You may be a suitable candidate for the procedure if you:
- Have an oversized or unusually shaped labia
- Experience physical discomfort (e.g., chafing, irritation) due to excess labial tissue
- Experience emotional discomfort due to an oversized or elongated labia
- Are in good general health
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Labiaplasty Procedure
The best thing you can do to ensure successful results from your labiaplasty procedure is to work with a qualified plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has completed five to seven years of surgical training after medical school, with at least three of those years focused solely on plastic surgery training. Beware of physicians who label themselves cosmetic surgeons who, by comparison to board certified plastic surgeons, may have undergone much less training and preparation. It is also a good idea to browse through a plastic surgeon’s before and after galleries to know what results to expect.
To learn more about labiaplasty, please schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. DeMars. Contact his Portland office by calling (503) 253-3458 today.