Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri
Women may have an inherited or acquired excess amount of skin in the vaginal area(labia). This can be a source of embarrassment or irritation and many women will choose to have the excess tissue removed.
In this procedure, Dr. Cabbabe removes extra skin of the labia from the vagina. Skin from the outer labia (majora) and inner labia (minora) can be removed as desired. The scars are concealed in this area and this results in a more youthful appearance of the labia and vagina.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the body to give his patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is an expert in cosmetic, reconstructive and minimally invasive body surgery. Many bariatric surgeons refer their patients to Dr. Cabbabe for his expertise. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine you and will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result.
Prior to Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe requests that all patients take iron (ferrous sulfate) supplementation, approximately 300 mg three times a day, for 3 weeks prior to surgery. This helps patients increase their red blood cell counts prior to surgery and makes recovery much smoother for patients.
Do NOT take any aspirin, plavix, or ibuprofen at least 10 days prior to surgery. Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner prior to surgery. Dr. Cabbabe may also recommend that you stop any hormones or oral contraceptives to reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs around the time of surgery.
It is helpful to have a recliner to sleep on for the first week or two when you transition to a bed. Extra compression garments, including FAJA’s in different sizes, are helpful as your size will decrease after swelling goes down. Female urination devices can be purchased on Amazon to be used while garments are worn.
Eat a healthy diet and avoid alcohol at least 48 hours prior to surgery to maintain hydration around the time of your procedure. Nicotine usage leads to a well – known higher rate of complications including infection and should be stopped at a minimum of 3 weeks prior. Take this as an opportunity to quit smoking forever to enjoy the health benefits long – term as well as improved skin texture with less wrinkling.
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Most patients prefer some type of anesthesia for comfort. Dr. Cabbabe will place markings on the labia for planned areas of tissue removal. Numbing medicine is used to minimize blood loss and assist with pain control.
Excess tissue is removed from the labia to sculpt the area, making sure not to remove too little or too much and to prevent clitoral hooding. 2 layers of absorbable stitches are placed for strength.
Absorbable sutures are used so that no stitches need to be removed later. No drains are needed.
Your Labia Reduction will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.
Patients are able to go home the same day. Pain medication will be prescribed. Most patients are able to shower within 24 hours. There may be some “spotting” from the incision line that will stop within 48 hours. Recovery time is minimal except for some soreness. Dr. Cabbabe will ask you to refrain from sexual intercourse for approximately 2-3 weeks.
Complications include bleeding after surgery, fluid collections which may result in infection, thickened scars, skin necrosis, asymmetries and blood clots. These may require additional procedures to correct.
Dr. Cabbabe takes measures to prevent complications including appropriate use of antibiotics and drains to prevent infections, leg sequential devices to prevent blood clots in the legs and careful tissue handling to prevent skin necrosis. Board – certified anesthesiologists are used for all of his surgeries.