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Labiaplasty Under Local Anesthesia

The Benefits Of "Awake Labiaplasty Surgery" At A Private Practice 

Labiaplasty Under Local Anesthesia

A growing number of women are choosing to undergo labiaplasty surgery, no matter if they are looking to reduce discomfort, improve vital function or achieve an aesthetic goal. While general anesthesia is safe and proven, some patients may feel apprehensive about “going under” for surgical procedures. Thanks to advances in surgical techniques, reduction labiaplasty can be performed to the same degree of excellence within the comfort of a private medical practice.

Can Labiaplasty Be Done Under Local Anesthesia?

Yes, labiaplasty can be performed under local anesthesia by a skilled plastic surgeon. Patients who have had this procedure done in a private medical office instead of an operating room enjoy a more comfortable environment while mitigating costs and concerns associated with general anesthesia.

Note: If labiaplasty is combined with another procedure, the patient will likely have to undergo general anesthesia within a traditional operating room. 

Comfort Measures Before, During & After Labiaplasty

Our plastic surgeons primarily perform labiaplasty under local anesthesia — a technique that involves administering a one-time injection to a localized area, temporarily numbing nerves to prevent sensation. Before the procedure, a care provider applies a topical numbing cream for added comfort. Sedatives or pain medication may be prescribed to ease anxiety.

After the procedure, patients receive post-operation supplies including ice packs and TUCKS cooling pads for recovery, and recommendations for over-the-counter pain relievers.

More About Labiaplasty Benefits

Having This Procedure Performed In A Private Office Saves On Costs

In a typical operating room setting, the average cost of time needed for this procedure would typically range from $1,000 to $2,250 and general anesthesia ranges from $500 – $1,300. By choosing a private office that uses local anesthesia, a patient can save an average of $3,000 for the same excellent results while remaining comfortable.

Faster Recovery Times & Fewer Potential Complications

Advances in general anesthesia have been remarkable over the decades, but this method comes with potential risks and lingering, undesirable effects. Complications are very uncommon, but side effects of general anesthesia do occur and may include dizziness, shivering, headaches, itchiness, urinary issues, soreness and general aches.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From In-Office Labiaplasty?

Most labiaplasty patients can return to work after a few days and resume most regular activities after 2 weeks, but it’s advisable to refrain from sexual activity for at least 6 weeks. Recovery times vary, but swelling may persist for several weeks. In some cases, complete recovery may take up to 6 months. Individuals who undergo the procedure with only local anesthesia can typically drive themselves home afterward if they did not receive pain medications beforehand.

Patient Safety & The Responsible Treatment Of Delicate Tissue

At Donaldson, our commitment to women’s health is reflected in our understanding of the personal and sensitive nature of this procedure. Our board-certified plastic surgeons treat vaginal tissue with the utmost responsibility, focusing on enhancing sensation, improving comfort and enhancing confidence. We utilize multiple labiaplasty methods, including the modified V-wedge technique, and choose the option that best caters to the patient’s anatomy and desired result.

Each patient is treated with comprehensive care, with a focus on prioritizing safety, minimizing downtime and ensuring the best experience possible.

How Long Does In-Office Labiaplasty Take?

Labiaplasty is one of the fastest surgical procedures we offer. On its own, it takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the patient’s unique circumstances. With pre-surgical numbing time included, a patient can expect an appointment length of 90 minutes to 2 hours.

About The Author

Jeffrey Donaldson, MD is an esteemed board-certified plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. He specializes in a number of surgical procedures, including labiaplasty, breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Donaldson believes education is a crucial part of the decision-making process and strives to provide answers to the questions that help patients make the best, most informed choices for themselves.

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