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What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical option for reducing the size of the labia minora, or the layers of skin around the vagina and urethra. When these skin folds become enlarged, it can inhibit the flow of movement during exercise or intercourse, compromise aesthetic appeal, and interfere with a woman’s self-confidence. Labiaplasty may be performed for cosmetic, functional, or gender-affirming reasons or a combination of all three. The treatment is often a component of a comprehensive mommy makeover procedure. 

What are the advantages of labiaplasty?

  • A more balanced, aesthetically pleasing appearance
  • Improved self-image
  • More comfort when engaging in sports
  • Increased pleasure when being intimate
  • Better hygiene
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How is labiaplasty performed?

Dr. Shafa performs labiaplasty using local anesthesia. For the outer labia, he may employ tissue excision or liposuction. For the inner labia, he may choose from one of two approaches:

The wedge method

Here, Dr. Shafa will remove a wedge-shaped portion of tissue from the inner areas of the labia minora, leaving the labia edges intact. This leads to a more natural look once the surgery is completed.

The trim method

This approach involves the removal of excess tissue along the outer edges of the labia minora, ensuring balanced contours aligned with the labia majora.

What will recovery entail?

After labiaplasty, Dr. Shafa will provide a detailed aftercare plan and prescriptions for pain medications should you need them. Mild bruising, swelling, and discomfort are to be expected, but these side effects will soon fade. Most patients resume work and other normal activities within the first week. Dr. Shafa will schedule you for follow-up visits to monitor your healing process and ensure your recuperation is seamless and peaceful.

Who makes an ideal candidate for the procedure?

During your private consultation with Dr. Shafa regarding labiaplasty in Santa Monica, he will thoroughly review your medical history and perform a physical assessment to ensure a successful and customized result.

In general, ideal candidates for labiaplasty are:

  • Over 18
  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Realistic in their expectations
  • Finished having children
  • Frustrated by enlarged labia lips
  • Experiencing discomfort when having intercourse or exercising
  • Experiencing self-consciousness about their appearance
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Why choose Dr. Shafa for labiaplasty?

When it comes to a detailed, intricate procedure like labiaplasty, it’s important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon with an eye for artistry. Dr. Shafa is known for his painstaking attention to detail and elegant, nuanced results. He listens carefully to his patient’s goals and wishes and crafts a unique treatment plan curated with their individual needs in mind. 

Dr. Shafa trained at among the most lauded and renowned institutions in the country, including UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, UCLA, Henry Ford Hospital, and the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), preparing him for an illustrious career in the field of aesthetics. While in medical school, he received the rare Golden Heart Award for his service and dedication to patient safety. Today, Dr. Shafa provides patients in and beyond Santa Monica with unparalleled excellence in a cutting-edge, technologically advanced practice setting.

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