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About the Procedure
Due to aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or weight fluctuations, women may experience a lengthening of the inner or outer labia. When the labia majora or minora become elongated, it can cause a woman to be self conscious about the appearance of her vulva. Excess hanging skin can also become uncomfortable when wearing tighter clothing or cause pain when exercising. A labiaplasty procedure reduces the size of either the labia majora or minora for increased comfort and improved aesthetics. A labiaplasty only requires a local anesthetic. There is no need for general anesthesia during the surgery however some patients may require an oral sedative for maximum comfort throughout the procedure. The patient will lay comfortable on a table with the legs spread apart. Depending on the needs of the patient, there are 2 popular methods for a labiaplasty: trim or wedge. The trim method simply removes extra tissue from the labia. The wedge method removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue from the labia and advances the edges of the tissue together, tightening and shrinking the length of the labia. It is common for a labiaplasty procedure to be combined with other vaginal rejuvenation treatments such as a perineoplasty, vaginoplasty, or clitoral hood reduction. Closure is complete with dissolvable sutures.
The main goal of a labiaplasty is to eliminate excess tissue so that nothing is protruding outside of the labia majora. The procedure typically focuses on the labia minora, or inner lips, of the vagina. It may address issues with the labia majora, or outer lips, as well.
What to Expect
Labiaplasty surgically removes excess skin and tissue from the vulva for either cosmetic reasons or to decrease physical discomfort. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a labiaplasty procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after the procedure
- Do not drink alcohol for 2 days prior
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Trim method removes excess tissue directly
- Wedge method removes triangular piece of tissue from the labia and advances the edges of the tissue together
- Closure is completed with dissolvable sutures
Patients will experience mild pain, swelling and bruising. Patients should also abstain from sex for 6 weeks following the procedure. Most patients return to work within 3-5 days postoperatively.
The ideal candidate for a labiaplasty is unhappy with the appearance of elongated or sagging labia or is experiencing discomfort due to excess hanging labial skin.
Not Recommended For
Labiaplasty is not recommended for patients who are seeking treatment for pyschosexual dysfunctions such as inability to achieve orgasm and low sex drive.
Side effects of labiaplasty can include redness, tenderness, and discharge. A sometimes temporary side effect of labiaplasty is painful or uncomfortable urination.