What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, or labia-reduction surgery, is a procedure that is used to reduce the size of the inner vaginal lips (otherwise known as the labia minora). Performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons, it’s important to have this procedure done by a highly experienced surgeon like Dr. D!
Why Have a Labiaplasty?
Like women, all labias are different. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. While some women are born with larger than average labias, other women may notice a change in their labia throughout their lifetime (oftentimes following childbirth). The reasons for a labiaplasty are just as varied. Some women experience discomfort or pain during sex or urination as a result of a large labia minora and choose to have the procedure. Others are unhappy with the appearance of their labia and wish to change the way it looks to improve their confidence. Whatever the reason, we are here to help you look and feel your very best.
What Does a Labiaplasty Entail?
Labiaplasties are typically performed under general anesthesia, and take anywhere from 60-90 minutes to complete depending on the complexity of the procedure and the end goal. A scalpel is used to contour the labia, and fine, absorbable sutures are used to avoid scarring.
Some patients choose to have only one side of the labia reduced (to make it symmetrical), while others have both labia reduced. Patients may also choose to have pigmented edges removed depending on their preference.
Recovering After a Labiaplasty
While most of our patients are able to leave our out-patient facility within an hour or two of their procedure, it can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks to fully heal from a labiaplasty. Patients are given medication to help with pain and inflammation, and are required to come back for a post-op checkup the day after the procedure. Most patients are able to return to work within a week, and there is typically very little scarring, if any, that’s visible. Many patients also report an increase in sensation in the area after having excess tissue removed.
For more information on labiaplasties or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (209) 424-4892 or click here to schedule an appointment online.