DESIGNER LASER VAGINOPLASTY
DLV is a group of cosmetic procedures that beautifies the vulva, the external part of the female genitals.
Labia Minora and Clitoral Prepuce
The most common DLV procedure is reduction labioplasty of the labia minora (inner lips) of the vulva. In this procedure, excess skin and tissue from large, droopy and floppy labia minora are surgically excised with the laser, leaving behind a slimmer, more compact and streamlined labia minora that look more youthful and attractive. Often, the darkened skin in the excess labia minora that many women dislike is removed at the same time.
Excess labia minora is typically associated with excess foreskin around the clitoris (known as the clitoral prepuce), which lies just above the labia minora. The excess clitoral foreskin is usually removed in conjunction with the excess labia, so that the whole area is addressed and both structures are rejuvenated together.
The labia majora (outer lips) often shrink after childbirth and with aging, making them look deflated, wrinkled and older. To reverse these changes, the labia majora are plumped up by fat grafting. Fat cells are harvested by gentle liposuction technique from a suitable donor site such as the abdomen. The fat cells are processed, purified and injected into the labia majora, volumizing them and making them look full and youthful again.
DLV is performed under general anesthesia as a day surgery procedure. After careful planning and marking, the laser is used to remove excess labia minora and clitoral prepuce. The wounds are repaired with fine dissolving sutures.
Fat is then harvested from a suitable donor site such as the abdomen of inner thigh using a gentle liposuction technique. That avoids traumatizing the fat cells. The harvested fat is processed, purified and injected into the labia majora to restore lost volume and plump up these structures.
Pain is mild and easily managed with oral pain medication. There is mild swelling and bruising. Antibiotic ointment is applied to the wounds several times a day to protect them and facilitate healing. Stitch removal is not required. The wounds take about two weeks to heal. Sexual intercourse is avoided for the first six weeks, but physical exercise can be resumed after four weeks.
DLV is a safe procedure with negligible blood loss and a low risk of infection. The wounds tend to heal well. Asymmetry in the results is a theoretical possibility, but can be avoided or minimized by careful and accurate planning and precise execution.