Labiaplasty, or labioplasty, involves reduction of the labia minora, a part of the external female genitalia. In the past, women were usually too embarrassed to approach the subject of asymmetric or enlarged labia with their doctor. However, with the sexual liberalization of society, women have become increasingly aware of the appearance of their genitals. In addition, widespread use of the internet has led to increased self-awareness of this personal area.
Many women are born with large or uneven labia. It is also thought that enlarged labia can develop with aging or after childbirth. The two main reasons to reduce the size of the labia are for cosmetic reasons and for functional reasons. Cosmetically, large labia may cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or may be visible when wearing tight fitting clothing or a bathing suit. Functionally, women with large labia may have discomfort when wearing tight clothes, during sexual activity, or while exercising.
There are two main techniques for performing a labiaplasty: the wedge method and the trim method. Both methods can be used with great results. The optimal procedure depends on patient anatomy. A labiaplasty is a short procedure that can be performed in the office procedure room or in a hospital operating room, as an outpatient procedure. If tightening of the vagina needs to be performed or if there is any prolapse that needs repair, the procedure will be performed with an ObGyn surgeon.
The area will be sore after the procedure. Pain medication will be prescribed to make you comfortable. In addition, ice packs can be used for added comfort. All sutures will be dissolvable so that they do not have to be removed. Patients are instructed to refrain from aerobic exercise for 4 weeks after labiaplasty.
Patients at our Connecticut plastic surgery practice are instructed to abstain from sexual activity for one month after labiaplasty.
If you are interested in a possible labiaplasty, or just want to learn more about the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shareef Jandali today. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!