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Risks with Labiaplasty

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As with all forms of surgery, labiaplasty does contain risks despite it being regarded as a safe form of surgery.  Surgeons report a complication rate of 1% in cases of labiaplasty, so making the danger very minimal.

  • Bleeding.  The labia contains a lot of blood vessels, and cutting into it will produce a large amount of blood.  This can be lessened by the use of lasers to make the incisions, but sometimes the bleeding might continue for some time. In some instances this bleeding continues for 24 hours.  The amount of bleeding might in some cases lead to instances of blood clots, although this is very rare.
  • Infection.  Any surgery that requires incisions will carry a risk of infection.  To minimise this threat it is very important that you follow your surgeons pre and post surgery advice.  Hygiene is very important, and the cleaner you keep your vulva the less risk there will be of contracting any infections.  If you suspect you may have a problem then it is important to treat it as early as possible, most infections can be stopped very quickly and simply, using antibiotics. 
  • Changes in colour.  The labia surgery might make the colour of your labia change, although this is very rare.
  • Scarring.  Although there is no way to avoid scarring, the visual impact can be seriously reduced by the skill of your surgeon.  The incisions will be made to follow your labias natural contours, so making the scars virtually invisible to the eye.  The scars will appear very pronounced at first, but over time will fade.  Sometimes the scars can be painful when having penetrative sex, or when giving birth.  This is something that young women will seriously have to consider, and it is advised that you refrain from having any form of vaginal surgery until after having children.  Pain when having sex might have to be rectified through further surgery.
  • Lessened sensitivity.  Some women, but very few, have reported a loss of sensation within the area after surgery.  This might be due to nerve damage, and can often be regained over time.  Sometimes, however, the effects of this are permanent.

Your surgeon will be sure to highlight these risks, as well as explain exactly what steps they will take to prevent them, and what you ought to do to help reduce the likelihood of them happening. 

There are questions hanging over the topic of labiaplasty, as many surgeons see the majority of cases as being completely unnecessary, and young women are putting themselves at risk for no real valid reason.  It is important that you don’t regard having a labiaplasty as a light decision.  Any surgery is potentially life threatening, and if you don’t need it then you ought to seriously question your reasoning before undergoing the procedure. 

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