Usu­ally, the swelling af­ter the surgery (labi­aplasty) is at its peak in the first week.

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some cases, not only do the struc­tural con­tours of the vagina get dis­fig­ured, but it can also lead to ex­ces­sive pain dur­ing phys­i­cal ex­er­cise or sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. The tis­sues get stretched and can lead to a marked de­crease in sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion. But with the ad­vance­ments in the med­i­cal field, this can also be cor­rected by gen­i­tal re­ju­ve­na­tion surgery.

DE­COD­ING TERMS

Gen­i­tal re­ju­ve­na­tion com­prises vul­vaplasty/ labi­aplasty and vagino­plasty. Vul­vaplasty is re­shap­ing of the vulva or labia, the outer and in­ner lips of the vagina. This usu­ally in­di­cates the re­duc­tion of labia mi­nora, aug­men­ta­tion of labia ma­jora, or cli­toral hood re­mod­el­ing. While some women re­quire one of these spec­i­fi­ca­tions, there are some who re­quire a com­bi­na­tion of all.

There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween vul­vaplasty and vagino­plasty. Af­ter re­peated child­birth or due to age, the vag­i­nal wall some­times tends to lose its usual tight­ness. In some cases, it be­comes too lax. Thus, vagino­plasty is a process that in­volves the vag­i­nal tight­en­ing pro­ce­dure which, in turn, solves the prob­lem and thereby in­creases sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

There are cases like con­gen­i­tal labia mi­nora hy­per­tro­phy which needs labi­aplasty. This pro­ce­dure was per­formed on an 18-year-old fe­male who had an ex­ces­sively large labia mi­nora. Due to this, she was un­able to wear tight slacks/ clothes as it was vis­i­ble through her clothes.

The cost fac­tor of these pro­ce­dures vary from ₹ 40,000 - ₹ 1,10,000; de­pend­ing upon the ex­act re­quire­ment.

POST SURGERY CARE

Af­ter surgery, one should wear a san­i­tary pad with a small amount of anti-bac­te­rial oint­ment on it. The su­tures used are all ab­sorbable, so one need not worry about their re­moval. Usu­ally, the swelling af­ter the surgery (labi­aplasty) is at its peak in the first week. Ap­prox­i­mately 80% of the fi­nal re­cov­ery from the surgery takes place af­ter a month and ten­ta­tively 90% of it af­ter 1.5 months. One may also use ice packs for com­fort pur­poses.

These types of surg­eries do not in­volve com­plete bed rest ei­ther. De­pend­ing on the na­ture of the work, some women re­turn to work within one to two days. A wo­man can re­sume her nor­mal sex­ual life af­ter ap­prox­i­mately six weeks. But do re­mem­ber that it’s very im­por­tant to visit a qual­i­fied doc­tor.

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