Home Health Understanding the Difference between Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty

Understanding the Difference between Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty

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55There’s a massive amount of discussion in the health media about cosmetic surgery, as well as genital surgery for women. Firstly, it is important to understand the terms used in the field.

Vaginoplasty: the surgical removal of excess tissue lining of the vagina, while tightening the vaginal canal to improve the sexual experience. Vaginoplasty therefore addresses the vaginal tissues and muscles.

Labiaplasty: reshaping the labia minora or majora (one of the vaginal lips), as well as working on the shape of the clitoral hood

For vaginoplasty patients, women considering the procedure seek to improve their sex lives which have been hampered by a loose vagina. Vaginal looseness can result from congenital reasons, giving birth, and ageing. Pregnancy can affect a woman’s nether regions, and such surgeries can bring back a woman’s feminine attractiveness.

There has been a five time increase in labiaplasty procedures in the last 14 years. And there’s nothing inherently wrong or immoral in the procedure – your husband will appreciate a vagina tightening, improving your intimacy and sexual pleasure.

On the other hand, labiaplasty queries often result from discomfort women experience, as their vaginal lips or clitoral hood’s size or positioning hampers their day to day life.

For many patients, physical activities and intimacy is both affected due to these reasons. Additionally, labiaplasty is a part of a complete sexual reassignment surgery (from male-to-female), as the second phase of an operation that crafts a labia minora and a clitoral hood.  There is low post-operative care required, and women can be discharged from the hospital on the same day as the surgery.

There is the possibility of swelling in the reduced labia due to anaesthetic application, but it  subsides soon. Patients can easily clean and apply a topical antibiotic cream on the area, and are recommended to undergo postoperative consultation a week after surgery.

While women can come back to office life, strenuous work and sexual intercourse are to be avoided for a specified time period after surgery.

Both procedures are incredibly confidential, and unless you speak up, no one will come to know. Patient privacy is also protected by patient-doctor confidentiality. Demand for the procedures is increasing, and studies have found that more and more women seek to have a  “designer vagina”.  With increased demands come queries for affordability. However, while many are attracted to the cheaper rates abroad, this is not a good idea.

The Asian medical tourism option might look affordable, but when you factor in the cost of flights, hotel stay and a variety of small expenses, it may not seem that great a deal. the shoddy medical practices of countries like  Thailand and other surgery hubs are well known, and patients have returned with side effects and bad results, leading them to resort to reconstructive surgery for repairs.

The increased frequency of surgeries has also led to a fall in costs and improved safety measures.  Further, with local surgeons acquiring specialised training and experience in the field, it is safer to have the operation done in Australia. Dr. Tavakoli has specialized experience and training in the fields of vaginoplasty surgery. Not only this, Dr. Tavakoli is also among the leading surgeons for rhinoplasty procedures in Sydney.

Today, the process for such procedures involve rigorous pre-surgery screening, to ensure that women able to perform independent decision-making are approved for the procedure, and don’t have a medical history that conflicts with the procedure, recommended medicine etc. Due to such high standards, there are low risks and complications during the procedure, as well as high levels of client satisfaction. There is also more awareness among the medical community in case of any complications.