Women who do not like, are inconvenienced, or have pain from enlarged, uneven, or thick labia minora (the inner genital lips) have the option to have a labiaplasty. This procedure can reduce size or correct unevenness of the labia in order to make vigorous activities such as sexual intercourse and sports more comfortable.
What is labiaplasty (labia surgery/labia reduction)?
In this surgery, the labia minora are trimmed to achieve desired results in look, hygiene, function, and/or pain relief. This procedure can also be combined with liposuction and vaginoplasty for greater vaginal rejuvenation.
What causes large or irregular labia?
Some women have large or irregular labia from birth, while others develop them later in life, such as after giving birth or as part of aging. Whatever the causes may be, women who experience pain, discomfort, or embarrassment from large or irregular labia can choose a labiaplasty to address these issues.
How can labiaplasty help me?
Labiaplasty trims the labia in order to achieve one or more of these desired results:
Reduce pain or discomfort from clothing that contacts the labia
Reduce pain or discomfort from the labia during sexual intercourse
Improve sexual satisfaction and response that is otherwise hindered by large labia
How is the labiaplasty or labia reduction procedure performed?
Labiaplasty is usually scheduled just following the patient’s menstrual cycle. The patient is put under sedation and treated with medications to reduce pain and bleeding. The surgeon trims the labia to the desired size, then recreates the edge of the labia with a natural shape and coloring. Finally, the surgeon uses absorbable stitches to close the wound then applies a sanitary pad and antibiotic cream.
What is the recovery like after labiaplasty?
Recovery for most patients is fairly easy, with most having mild swelling and little or no discomfort. You will likely be able to return to work two to four days following surgery and resume sexual activity six weeks following surgery. After the operation, you must carefully wash the area and use antibiotic creams to prevent infection. The stitches will naturally be absorbed by the body over time, meaning there will not be a follow-up procedure to take them out.
What are the possible complications of labia reduction?
Any surgical procedure has some risk, but complications from a labiaplasty are rare. The risks include infection, bleeding, labial asymmetry, poor healing, labia that are smaller or larger than the patient desired, and the possibility of needing a second surgery.
As this is a delicate procedure, the best way to prevent complications is to seek out an experienced, qualified surgeon. Specialists in this area are usually plastic surgeons, OB/GYNs, or urologists.