Help Even Your Most Intimate Areas Stay Young with Labia Augmentation
The labia majora is the medical term for the outer lips of the vulva, the most visible part of the female genitalia. We don’t often think about how age, childbirth, and/or hormonal changes impact these delicate and private areas of our body. Yet it may surprise us to learn that loss of volume to the labia majora is as common as the appearance of crow’s feet or laugh lines. For some women, the loss of fullness simply gives the genital area a wrinkled, deflated appearance, but for others, it can lead to more serious problems including discomfort during sexual intercourse.
At Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, AL, Board certified plastic surgery Dr. Ross Bunch offers an advanced technique known as labia majora augmentation with fat grafting to restore a full, healthy, youthful-looking labia majora. This minimally-invasive technique involves harvesting fatty tissue from areas of the body with excess fat (such as the abdomen or thigh) and transferring it to the labia majora. The introduction of your body’s own natural tissue can enhance the size and shape of the labia majora, create a more proportional and pleasing shape, and improve the firmness of this intimate area. While it can be embarrassing to discuss at first, the youthful results of this simple procedure are well worth it!
Fat Transfer to the Labia Majora: A Simple Two-Step Process
A typical labia majora augmentation with fat grafting is a simple, two-step procedure that can take between about 30 minutes, unless combined with a more significant liposculpture or other body shaping procedure.
First, fatty tissue is harvested from a donor site with few extra curves, usually the thigh or the abdomen, using tumescent liposuction. A special mixture of local anesthetic and adrenaline—tumescent fluid—is injected into the donor site to numb the area, control bleeding, and liquefy the fatty tissue so it is easy to remove. Then, the fat is gently suctioned out of the body through a small cannula.
Second, the fatty tissue is sterilized and purified to ensure that it is safe to reinject into the body. Using very fine gauge needles, the fat is carefully and precisely injected into the labia majora then molded into an aesthetically pleasing shape. Some patients may be asked to wear a special compression garment for up to a month after the procedure to ensure the fat stays in the appropriate shape while it is incorporated into the body during the healing process.
As with all minimally-invasive procedures, most patients experience some minor and temporary side effects such as bruising, swelling, and discomfort, which can be alleviated with pain medication. We usually suggest avoiding strenuous and high-impact activity, especially running and sexual intercourse, for at least six weeks. Optimal results will become visible several weeks after the procedure as the new, enhanced fatty tissue is molded into your existing tissue.
Contact Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa
At Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Ross Bunch and his professional, caring staff stand out among local surgical practices for their dedication to the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the industry. We are well-established in the community and have built a reputation for high quality patient care and excellent customer service. Dr. Bunch is a Board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience in microsurgery, facial and rhinoplasty surgeries, and endoscopic surgical techniques, and brings a specialized skill and artistry to every procedure he performs. Our mission is to restore form, function, and beauty to all aspects of your body so you look as gorgeous on the outside as you feel on the inside!
If you are interested in learning more about labia majora augmentation with fat grafting or any of our other body contouring procedures, please contact our office at 205-349-0049. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bunch!