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Reasons Why Women Get A Labiaplasty
Before we get into my patient’s Wedge Labiaplasty review, I want to go over some basic concepts of why women choose to get this procedure.
Many women are born with excess labia minora (inner labia) tissue, or develop excess tissue after childbirth. Having this excess tissue can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, significant functional problems and discomfort. As a result, these women often visit me to undergo what is called a Wedge Labiaplasty.
Aside from those issues, there are also many other reasons as to why women undergo this procedure. For instance, complaints range from embarrassing limitations while exercising to feeling uncomfortable in their clothing to even issues with their sexual health.
A Traditional Labiaplasty Vs. A Wedge Labiaplasty
There are a lot of surgeons out there who use the traditional Labiaplasty technique on their patients. Unfortunately, this old technique does not consider several important things which mainly include the preservation of sensation. In short, a lot of these traditional Labiaplasties end up with women losing sensation.
My approach with regards to this delicate area is to perform “wedge-technique” rather than the traditional trim technique. The wedge-technique, also known as a Wedge Labiaplasty, preserves the deeper tissue and sensation while protecting against painful complications such as over-resection and scalloping.
Review: A Debilitating Source Of Discomfort And Insecurity Eliminated
I had the pleasure of helping a patient of mine with these issues recently. She met with my patient care coordinator and I for a consultation to address her main concerns which consisted of a number of things already mentioned above. After discussing the details of the procedure, we booked her for the surgery.
Here is a copy of her review below:
“A debilitating source of discomfort and insecurity has been eliminated from my life thanks to Dr. Kwon! I received a labiaplasty in June 2020 and my only regret is that I didn’t do this procedure years ago.
I wanted the procedure for years but because the vagina is such a sacred part of the body, I was insistent on finding the most knowledgable doctor. Dr. Kwon was the perfect fit because he has experience using the “wedge” method, which is the method that poses the least amount of risk, has a fast recovery time, and maintains the natural look of the vagina.
During consultations, Dr. Kwon made sure to answer all of my questions with patience and I felt incredibly confident on the day of my procedure. The outpatient procedure and the recovery was a breeze. Although Dr. Kwon assured me that the labia heal quickly due to the nature of the tissue, it was even faster and less painful than I expected. I had the procedure done on a Friday and I started working from home on Tuesday because sitting was already much easier to do.
The first two days I used the pain medication that was prescribed to me and I iced the area frequently to reduce the swelling. After two days, I only needed ibuprofen and by day 5 I no longer needed any pain medication.
By the end of the first week, the swelling had almost completely gone away and I could do most activities with only minor discomfort. Although my mobility came back quickly, I followed Dr. Kwon’s instructions and didn’t do any major physical activity or swimming for 6 weeks. At 6 weeks, I was able to do absolutely everything and my life is completely different.
I no longer have to adjust myself in my clothing or “tuck in” my extra skin. For my entire life, I’ve had to wear underwear, even when wearing soft cotton clothing, because the skin was exposed. Now I get to live with total freedom and comfort. I was incredibly insecure when I was sexually intimate with a partner and did everything I could to hide my longer labia.
Now, I feel empowered and proud when I’m naked in front of a partner, and when I’m alone in front of the mirror. Sex is much more comfortable because the skin no longer catches or gets irritated. Personal grooming is much easier and safer without my exposed labia. I could go on and on about the joy Dr. Kwon has brought to my life because of his skillful work! If any of these issues sound familiar, Dr. Kwon is the best doctor for you!“
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