Fat Transfer to Vulva

Labia Puffing Benefits

The benefits of “labia puffing” better termed fat transfer to the vulva creates a smoother, tighter, symmetrical, and more youthful appearance. This procedure also enhances the natural look of the vulva since there are no visible incisions or sutures performed during the procedure. Labia puffing or fat transfer to the labia majora results in fuller labia majora which can conceal unwanted bulges as well as decrease discomfort during intercourse or while wearing tight-fitting clothing.





What is Labia Puffing or Fat Transfer to the Vulva?

The labia majora, or outer lips, are the most visible structures of the vulva.  While in the standing or sitting position like other parts of the body the labia majora can show signs of aging, due to weight fluctuations, childbearing, and genetic predispositions. A deflated, loose, or “hanging” appearance of the labia majora can be quite bothersome for many women. Furthermore, these changes to the labia majora can cause the labia minora to protrude beyond the labia majora, creating an open, flappy appearance. The purpose of fat transfer to your labia majora or “labia puffing” is to add volume, resulting in increased plumpness to your labia majora, reducing wrinkles, and sagging while at the same time forming a smooth contour at the junction of the upper female thighs.  The ideal labia majora size or amount of “labia puffing” varies by cultural preferences, geography and from person to person. Some women find a full, plump labia majora attractive, while other women prefer a small, compact labia majora. 

Fat transfer to the labia majora can be used to augment and increase the size and contour of the labia majora or to inflate and restore a deflated, aged-appearing labia majora.

Fat transfer to the labia majora or “labia puffing” can help you achieve a more youthful and symmetrical look.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Labia Puffing or Fat Transfer to the Labia Majora?

Women who seek out a fat transfer to the labia majora or “labia puffing” are either looking to increase the fullness of labia majora and mons pubis or to restore deflated, sagging or aging labia majora.  The best candidates for fat transfer to labia majora or labia puffing are non-smoking women at or close to their ideal weight with all medical conditions under appropriate management.  Furthermore, women seeking fat transfer to the vulva or labia puffing should have adequate stores of fat available to harvest for liposuction without causing contour deformities or unattractive results at the site of liposuction. 

Poor candidates for fat transfer to the vulva or labia puffing are women who are still on their journey of weight loss, have recently given birth, have poorly controlled medical conditions, or just don’t have enough excess fat for transfer to the vulva.

How is Labia Puffing or Fat Transfer to the Labia Majora Performed?

Labia puffing or fat transfer to the labia majora begins by selecting a site(s) to harvest fat.  Dr. Reed generally will obtain the fat from the inner/outer thighs of one or both legs. The amount of fat removed for fat transfer to the labia majora is actually very minimal requiring about 50-100 milliliters of fat. Using a precise technique, we harvest the fat and prepare it for transfer into the labia majora.  Very small cannulas are used to place the fat resulting in little to no pain during the process.  It is estimated that 60-70 percent of the transferred fat will remain forever allowing for this to be a truly one-time procedure with lifelong satisfaction.

What about Recovery from Labia Puffing or Fat Transfer to the Labia Majora?

Fat transfer to the labia majora or labia puffing can be performed in combination with labia majora reduction, labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, and many other female cosmetic procedures.

Recovery after fat transfer or labia puffing begins after completing the procedure under local anesthesia.  Local anesthesia allows you to complete the procedure while awake. You can go home the same day and have little downtime or pain.  Most patients are able to manage their pain by taking a little if any narcotic pain medicine and are able to return to work in two to three days after labia puffing (if this is the only procedure performed). Similar to other female cosmetic procedures patients must avoid strenuous exercise, vaginal intercourse, tampon usage, and sitting in water for six weeks following fat transfer to the labia majora.  Depending on the donor site location and amount of fat harvested, Dr. Reed may recommend compression garments at the site of liposuction for six weeks following surgery.

What are the Risks of Labia Puffing or Fat Transfer to the Labia Majora?

Like all fat transfer procedures, not all of the fat that is transferred to the labia majora survives the procedure. Due to this uncertainty, some patients may ultimately prefer a fuller final result and thus consider a second round of liposuction and fat transfer to the labia majora in order to achieve the desired result.  Another option to avoid this side effect is Dr. Reed can over-fill the labia majora during fat transfer to compensate for this expected loss in volume. Additionally, it is possible to have asymmetries, excess volume, or donor site defects following liposuction with fat transfer to the labia majora. Dr. Reed is a meticulous surgeon who will always go the extra mile to ensure a safe, natural, and beautiful result.

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