Even though improving the appearance of your labia is no longer considered taboo, many women still find it to be a sensitive area of discussion. It is common for women to experience both physical and emotional discomfort due to enlarged or uneven labia caused by genetics, aging, or childbirth.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces excess tissue of the labia majora (outer lips) and/or the labia minora (inner lips) to create an aesthetically pleasing, balanced vulvar appearance. Labiaplasty can improve your quality of life by providing lasting comfort and confidence.
The trim method is the most commonly used technique for minimizing the inner labia. Using this approach, all of the excess tissue is surgically removed before the incisions are sutured. Absorbable sutures are often used for a more comfortable and expedited healing process.
The wedge method is another technique used for addressing enlarged inner labia. As the name indicates, only a V-shaped wedge of tissue from each labial fold is removed before the incisions are closed. The benefit of this technique is that it maintains the natural border of the labia and preserves its natural coloring.
Liposuction can be used to reduce the size of the outer labia. Here, a thin cannula is interested through a small incision, and the excess fat in the outer labial folds is removed to leave a more slender labial appearance.
What Do You Desire?
Many women are driven to labiaplasty after the size of their labia has negatively impacted their confidence and self-image, both in social and intimate settings. Labiaplasty can achieve your desired labial appearance to bring you increased confidence and self-esteem.
Women with enlarged labia may experience pain or discomfort when participating in physical activities, such as sports, exercise, and sexual activity. Labiaplasty can reduce the size of your labia and relieve you of the consequent pain, allowing you to join in on your usual activities without discomfort or pain.
Enlarged labia can often show through tight-fitting clothing, such as yoga pants or bathing suits, and it can be a distressing source of embarrassment. Labiaplasty returns a natural and balanced labial appearance.
Recovery You will experience bruising and swelling after your surgery, but medication will be provided to help mitigate the pain or discomfort. Antibiotics will also be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection. Patients can typically return to work within a few days; however, it is recommended that patients avoid strenuous exercise for at least three weeks and avoid wearing tampons or having intercourse for four to six weeks. At your consultation, Dr. Messa and his staff will provide you with detailed instructions on what you can expect and how to ease your recovery.
Scars Depending on the techniques used, there may be some scarring along the edge of the labia. However, this scarring is minimal and will likely fade over time.
Cost The cost of labiaplasty varies from patient to patient depending on anesthesia fees, facility and surgical fees, and the location of your procedure. Dr. Messa and his staff will provide you with an accurate cost estimate at your consultation.
Pain This procedure is done under anesthesia to prevent any pain during the surgery. Oral pain medication is available to minimize any pain or discomfort afterward as well as to help with the bruising and swelling. This discomfort is normal and should subside within a few days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for labiaplasty?
Fully developed women who experience both physical and emotional discomfort from the appearance of their labia are ideal candidates for labiaplasty. Candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations about their results.
What kind of anesthesia will be used during my procedure?
Labiaplasty is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or, should the patient prefer, under local anesthesia alone.
Will my results be permanent?
The results provided by labiaplasty are known to be long lasting. Additional pregnancies and natural aging may affect your results; however, even in these situations, the appearance of your labia will still be improved compared to if you hadn’t had the procedure.
What are the risks associated with labiaplasty?
Although rare, possible complications include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during intercourse
How long does this procedure take?
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes under one hour.