Women with disproportionately large or distended labia minora often have anxiety surrounding their labial appearance. Labia minora that protrude beyond the outer vaginal lips can be considered unsightly and may cause discomfort for many women. Enlarged labia can be genetic but may also be caused by childbirth or the aging process. Labiaplasty is a safe and effective procedure that improves the size and shape of the labia minora to restore your confidence and comfort.
Women considering labiaplasty should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. The natural size and shape of the labia varies among women. While labiaplasty can be performed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the labia, many women choose to undergo surgery to restore their comfort. Reasons women might consider labiaplasty can include one or more of the following:
Labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. Most patients are comfortable using a local anesthetic, but some patients may require general anesthesia. The labiaplasty procedure involves removing excess labial tissue to improve the size and shape of the labia minora. Depending on the aesthetic look you desire, one of the following techniques may be used.
The trim method removes tissue from along the outer edge of the labia minora and is ideal for patients who desire a brighter pink labial edge. This process excises the darker-colored tissue from the edge of the labia, leaving a pink edge that some women find to be more youthful in appearance.
The wedge method is most suitable for patients who wish to maintain a more natural labial appearance. A V-shaped wedge of tissue is excised from each labial fold. The remaining tissue is then pulled closed and stitched together. The wedge method leaves the outer edge of the labia intact, preserving its natural color.
Swelling and numbness of the vulva is common following labiaplasty. Temporary loss of sensation may persist for up to two weeks. You should avoid physical activities for at least one week. To prevent infection, do not go swimming or stay submerged in water for the first four weeks after your procedure. Most patients can resume sexual contact after four weeks.