In many instances, women are born with large labia minora while others may develop the condition with childbirth or age. Large labia minora may cause inflammation, poor hygiene, infection, sexual dysfunction and difficulty with urination. Although there are many variations in the shape and size of the labia minora, many women are uncomfortable and embarrassed by their appearance.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a grouping of surgical techniques used to reduce the labia minora (inner lips of the female external genitalia) while maintaining the normal labial edge and color. Labiaplasty may also be combined with ThermiVa, non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation to achieve optimal results.
Candidates for Vaginal Rejuvenation
There are a number of reasons that more women are seeking labiaplasty today. Many of the women we meet express concern about the size, length, or symmetry of the labia minora. Long or oversized labia minora are not only cosmetically concerning, they may also present physical discomfort when a woman wears tight-fitting clothing such as leggings or pantyhose. Women may feel inhibited sexually or limited in the activities they enjoy or clothing they wear due to discomfort. Such consequences of large external genitalia can be eliminated with a brief procedure. Aesthetic labia minora reduction resulting in normal genital appearance significantly enhances self-esteem.
Can I have Labiaplasty before I’m done having children?
The decision to have labiaplasty surgery is personal for every woman who undergoes this procedure. There is no hard and fast rule that says you must wait until you are done having children to have the size of labia reduced and refined. What a woman needs to consider is the possibility of further physical changes occurring during pregnancy or childbirth following labiaplasty. Having labiaplasty does not seem to increase risks of labial tear during vaginal delivery, but that does not mean that external genitalia may not be injured or altered as a side effect of normal stretching.
How long does Labiaplasty take?
Labia minora reduction is the most commonly performed labiaplasty procedure. This same-day surgical procedure may be performed in the plastic surgery office with local anesthesia to numb the surgical site. The reduction surgery is completed in about an hour. In some cases, patients choose to tack labiaplasty onto another plastic surgery procedure that will be performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. In either situation, the complication rate for labiaplasty is very low, and technique is tailored to individual need. The objective of surgery is to make the labia minora smaller without disrupting the natural appearance of the soft tissue that remains.
What are the risks of Labiaplasty?
Data indicates that the wedge technique labiaplasty results in a lower risk of sensation loss and discomfort following surgery. Because labiaplasty is a minor surgical procedure, there is the typical risk for infection as incisions heal. Bleeding and scarring are also risks, but occur infrequently. Patients also want to choose their plastic surgeon carefully in order to diminish the risk of asymmetry after labiaplasty.
What is the recovery like for Labiaplasty surgery?
Healing after labiaplasty surgery is actually more comfortable than many women expect. Some swelling and discomfort is normal for a week to two weeks, but incisions tend to heal very quickly. Visible scarring rarely occurs. To promote optimal skin recovery, patients are encouraged to apply antibiotic ointment along suture lines using a sterile applicator. Antifungal medication is also prescribed as a brief aspect of post-surgical care.
Showering may resume the day after labiaplasty surgery. Suture removal is not necessary, as dissolvable sutures are used to close incisions. Routine activities such as work are typically resumed gradually over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Normal exercise may be resumed gradually, leaving strenuous activity out for at least 3 weeks. During the initial recovery period, patients want to wear clothing that is loose fitting and comfortable. Vaginal intercourse may be resumed 3 to 6 weeks after labiaplasty.
Does Labiaplasty decrease sensation?
On the contrary, women who have undergone labiaplasty experience a significant increase in self-esteem, confidence and sexual satisfaction. They also state that they are able to wear all types of clothing and perform most physical activities and exercise without discomfort.
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