Cosmetic Gynecology: Here is What You Absolutely Must Know Before the Surgery
- Dr. Armen Kirakosyan
- February 18, 2019
While looking for the right cosmetic gynecology clinic near you in Buffalo, NY, it's important to not jump the gun and instead, take your time to research that particular procedure in its entirety.
Cosmetic gynecology is an effective modality to not only improve the physical appearance of the genital structure (mostly the vagina or labia), but to also enable them to rejuvenate their functions. Regardless, it's important to understand exactly what you're getting into, considering the results are tricky to reverse.
These are some pre-surgery essentials that you should acquaint yourself with before going under the knife.
LABIAPLASTYLabiaplasty (labia reduction) is easily the most popular cosmetic gynecological procedure in this day and age. So, why would you get a labiaplasty? It is done to restructure a woman's labia minora (the vulva's inner lips). While some women have reported undergoing this surgery to conform to a certain standard of attraction, others have done it to alleviate physical discomfort in that region.
Let's explore the environs of this procedure a little further and what necessitates it. At times, a woman's labia may become elongated and the surplus tissue impedes regular sexual functions and causes discomfort. An athlete, for instance, may find that the protruding labial tissue clings to the leg during strenuous activity and that may even make sitting on a bicycle seat unpleasant.
During surgery, the surgeon simply truncates the surplus tissue so that the labia minora can then neatly be tucked into the labia majora.
Important Post Surgery CareSince 2015, there has been a drastic unswing by almost 38% in the number of women who opt for labiaplasties. If you're considering getting this procedure done, you might be wondering, "How long does it take to recover from labiaplasty?"
Labiaplasty can be performed while the patient is under general or local anesthesia. Recovery is rapid and not at all complicated. Even if painkillers are required, they are only taken for a few days post the operation.
It is recommended that the patient wears loose clothing in the week following the surgery and they may even have to wear a small pad to absorb possible minimal bleeding. Within a month (at the most) the patient is back to life as usual.
Childbirth After LabiaplastyCan you have a baby after labiaplasty? You certainly can! The results of the procedure mostly hold even after child birth. In certain cases, the soaring levels of hormones in the final trimester could result in excess labia regrowth or the labia itself could be exerted during childbirth. In any case, it's best to consult with your surgeon on whether a labiaplasty is recommended pre or post childbirth.
Insurance and LabiaplastyDoes insurance cover labiaplasty? In most cases, a labiaplasty (being a cosmetic procedure) is not covered by your insurance.
VAGINAL REJUVENATIONVaginal rejuvenation is performed to address three primary purposes: tighten the vagina, prevent incontinence and eliminate vaginal dryness. The major factors that contribute to these issues are aging and childbirth. From laser treatments to surgeries, there are several methods through which this can be achieved.
If you are considering this procedure, remember that you're about to entrust a very sensitive portion of your anatomy to the care of a surgeon. As such, it's important for you to do your homework and approach only a trusted and credible professional. Also, make sure you're undergoing the surgery for the right reasons, namely for yourself and not to conform to societal or relationship expectations.
CLITORAL HOODOPLASTYThe clitoral hood plays an important role in the female anatomy. It prevents the clitoris from chaffing, thereby leading to overstimulation or desensitization. If there is an excess amount of tissue obstructing the clitoris, this can be a problem.
Clitoral Hoodoplasty, also referred to as Clitoral Hood Reduction, involves the intervention of a surgical procedure to alter the appearance of the clitoral prepuce so that it is more pleasing to the eye. In essence, surplus clitoral prepuce tissue is trimmed off so as to offset the uneven thickness of the clitoral hood.
Post surgery, you can expect the clitoral hood to be less prominent and much more proportionate with the remaining portions of the labia and vulva.
HYMENOPLASTYThis procedure is also referred to as hymenorrhaphy and covers the repair, restoration or construction of the hymen. The hymen is a round membrane that may be slim and flexible or thicker and rigid. In the grander scheme of things, this part of your anatomy serves no practical purpose.
Since time immemorial, however, it has been used as a symbol of a woman's purity and virginity even though, medically speaking, this is highly inaccurate as the hymen could rupture from factors other than penile projection (such as strenuous physical activity).
There are a number of reasons why a woman might choose to have their hymen reconstructed such as to enhance their sexual pleasure or to have their hymen restored so as to avoid cultural bias.
Regardless, the procedure itself is quite simple. The hymen's edges are trimmed and the remaining tissue is stitched while leaving behind a minimal opening.
How long does it take to recover from hymen surgery? Although this may differ from patient to patient, it takes about 6 weeks for the hymen to be completely healed and restored.
UROGYNECOLOGIC SURGERYThere are several circumstances that may affect the tissue and muscles of the pelvic floor region and the bladder such as lifting heavy weights, childbirth, aging, menopause and medical disorders. These, in turn, can lead to urinary/fecal incontinence and pelvic pain.
There are many types of urogynecological surgeries that range from non-invasive to abdominal/vaginal operations. Some measures to carry out these surgeries include collagen injections, electrical stimulations, vaginal incision and so on. Surgeons make use of biologic graphs and synthetic meshes to ensure that you do not relapse post operation.
When it comes to your body, our team leaves no stone unturned to bring you results that you're 100% happy with.
Aesthetic Gynecology is a trusted cosmetic gynecology clinic in Buffalo, with a commitment to delivering surgical excellence, under the most stringent medical safety codes.
Our trained and cordial surgeons have several decades of experience in genital reconstruction and repair for both women and men. We understand that you may be nervous, considering the nature of these surgeries. Our team is here to put you at ease and address any fears you may have.
Surgery is still a long way off. The first step is to ask as many questions as possible! Contact us today and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
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About The Author
Armen Kirakosyan, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, FRCSC, FACS is an obstetrician/gynecologist, certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Surgeons, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has received subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (former Urogynecology).