The labia minora (inner vaginal lips), just like any other part of the body, come in all different shapes and sizes. Most variations are all considered normal. They can be anywhere from 0.5 to 5 cm in length. The labia minora may be completely hidden by the labia majora (outer lips) or they may extend and hang past them. This is mostly determined by genetics, but other factors such as hormones, pregnancy, childbirth, and aging can also have an effect.
The labia minora have increased blood flow during pregnancy. This can cause some swelling and increase in size. In addition, the labia can also temporarily darken in color during pregnancy.
Childbirth can also affect the labia. Labor and childbirth can lead to a large amount of swelling in the labia. For the most part, the skin of the labia is elastic, and should retract back to normal size and shape after childbirth. However, just as other areas of the body can stretch and not retract (like abdominal skin), sometimes the labia can remain stretched. In addition, there are sometimes small tears or lacerations from episiotomies that may not fully heal, leading to uneven edges to the labia minora.
Before and After Labiaplasty Photo
If you are considering a labiaplasty due to changes from pregnancy or childbirth, it’s best to do it after your last pregnancy when you are done having kids. Patients should wait at least a few months after childbirth and after they finish breastfeeding.
To meet the needs of our patients, we formed the Feminine Rejuvenation Center of Connecticut. We perform both surgical and non-surgical procedures for feminine rejuvenation. Dr. Jandali performs all the labiaplasty procedures. The all-female Physician Assistant and nursing staff are highly trained in performing non-surgical feminine rejuvenation treatments like ThermiVa, Viveve, and the O Shot.
In addition to the outside appearance of the labia, another concern of women after pregnancy and childbirth is laxity of the vagina. Some women have concerns of the feeling of a loose vagina after childbirth that bothers them and can affect their intimacy.
We offer two FDA-cleared non-surgical vaginal tightening procedures: Viveve and ThermiVa. These two treatments both use radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen formation and tightening of the vagina. Most patients report improved sexual satisfaction after treatment. In addition, Viveve also treats stress urinary incontinence, which is urine leakage when coughing, sneezing, jumping, or exercising. Contact our office for a consultation to see which treatment is the best for you.
When searching for a top labiaplasty surgeon in Connecticut, be sure to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. In addition, look at before and after photos to see how many cases they have performed and the outcomes. To schedule a consultation with Jandali Plastic Surgery, call us at 203-374-0310.