By Dr. Shareef Jandali
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.
Why does a woman undergo a labiaplasty?
The two main reasons to reduce the size of the labia are for cosmetic reasons and for functional reasons. Cosmetically, large or uneven 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.
How is a labiaplasty performed?
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 under local anesthesia or in an outpatient surgery center. If vaginal tightening also needs to be performed, the procedure will be performed by a plastic surgeon as well as an ObGyn surgeon.
What is the recovery after labiaplasty?
There will be slight discomfort in the area after the procedure. Pain medication will be prescribed to make you comfortable. All the stitches will be dissolvable so that they do not have to be removed. Patients are instructed to refrain from aerobic exercise for 2-3 weeks. Patients are instructed to abstain from sexual activity for one month after surgery.