What Is a Labiaplasty?

The term labiaplasty refers to a number of different procedures designed to address concerns around the size and shape of the labia. The most common labiaplasty procedure is designed to reduce the length of the labia minora. The size and shape of the labia varies from woman to woman, and though the labia are usually elastic, there are two main factors that can cause your labia to start to get longer or sag – childbirth and age. Multiple births can stretch the labia minora, so that the labia do not return to its original shape.

Enlarged labia minora can cause physical discomfort or a decrease in intimacy due to embarrassment about the appearance of the vagina. A labiaplasty will shorten the labia surgically, relieving any pain or discomfort, as well as restoring your confidence in the appearance of your vagina.

There are also procedures available to improve the shape of the labia majora. Most commonly, the procedures are designed to reduce the size of the labia majora.

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How is a Labiaplasty Procedure Performed?

There are a number of different ways to perform a labiaplasty, but the two most common include:

  • Edge Resection (Trim Method) – This procedure involves trimming the excess skin along the edge of the labia, and stitching it up using small sutures. It is a relatively simple procedure. It does not always leave the best aesthetic result and is usually reserved for situations where only a little amount of tissue needs to be removed.
  • Wedge Method – This procedure involves the removal of a wedge of the labia minora, hiding the scar within the vagina. It is the procedure performed most often the surgeons at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery because of its excellent results.

Recovery and Healing from Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty typically takes up to two hours and is performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. It is performed as an outpatient procedure.

While recovery from a labiaplasty is not extensive, there are still some restrictions. Most patients can resume their exercise program within a few days of surgery. Sexual intercourse can usually be resumed about four to six weeks following the surgery. Most of the swelling is resolved by six weeks, although it may take longer to see the final results.

What are the Risks and Possible Complications?

Like all surgical procedures, there are risks with labiaplasty surgery. Most symptoms are temporary, including swelling, light bleeding or bruising. Complications may include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Loss of sensation
  • Asymmetrical results

Keep in mind that these are not common occurrences, and at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, you will be in the hands of a skilled, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon.