The surgical reduction or alteration of the labia minora and labia majora, or labiaplasty, in Chicago, Illinois, helps improve the comfort and personal confidence of countless women. Dr. Thomas Mustoe recognizes the personal nature of labiaplasty and understands that a number of different factors affect a woman's decision to undergo it. His experience and leadership within the field of plastic surgery inspire confidence in his labiaplasty patients, and he carefully applies his skills to each surgery to ensure results that exceed his patients' standards.
If you would like to learn more about labiaplasty, request a consultation online with Dr. Mustoe, a board-certified plastic surgeon. Or you can call our office at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
Dr. Mustoe stands out among his peers for both his personal and professional qualities and years of experience with labiaplasty. The qualities that set him apart include:
Labiaplasty is a relatively simple cosmetic procedure that can reduce the size or improve the symmetry of the inner labia, called the labia minora. The labia minora may be enlarged, asymmetrical, or stretched due to genetic factors or events such as childbirth. For the right candidate, the surgery can be both physically and psychologically beneficial. As with all cosmetic procedures, the decision to undergo labiaplasty rests squarely with the patient. Women who choose the surgery often cite at least one of the following reasons:
Good candidates for labiaplasty are adult women who are in good overall health and who have realistic, specific expectations for their surgical outcomes.
In some patients, the labia majora are also enlarged, and they can be surgically reduced at the same time as surgery for the labia minora.
Dr. Mustoe understands that the majority of his Chicago-area labiaplasty patients aren't in pursuit of a uniform ideal. Instead, they want results that enhance their comfort without sacrificing their individuality. Dr. Mustoe spends lots of time discussing your desired outcome with you. Eventually, he develops a surgical approach that meets your needs.
Labiaplasty is typically performed while you are under local anesthesia with sedation, either oral or intravenous, which improves your comfort and safety during and after the surgery. Some patients prefer general anesthesia, which is also an option. During surgery, Dr. Mustoe reshapes and often reduces the labia minora using techniques that preserve sensation. He has experience with several techniques that he tailors to the patient's individual anatomy.
Although many women undergo labiaplasty as an isolated procedure, others choose to combine it with a tummy tuck or breast augmentation to restore the parts of the body that are most affected by pregnancy and childbirth.
Thanks to its relatively low invasiveness, recuperation following labiaplasty is typically brief and comfortable. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you'll be able to return home the same day. Some discomfort and soreness for the first several days is normal. During the first 24 hours, minimal activity and icing the area help ensure an uneventful recovery. Most patients are able to return to work and other light activity after about 3 days. Exercise and sexual activity should be avoided for longer, typically up to 6 weeks. The procedure can be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, and many patients choose to do the procedure under oral sedation as an office procedure. Dr. Mustoe has evolved repair techniques that minimize postoperative discomfort and allow early return to work and other routine activities.
The results of labiaplasty can last indefinitely, because the skin that is removed does not grow back. Most women who undergo labiaplasty are satisfied with their choice even after years have elapsed.