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Labiaplasty services offered in Upper East Side, Upper East Side, New York, NY

Vulvas naturally vary in their shapes and sizes, but a larger labia minora can sometimes cause patients to feel self-conscious or fear that it is visible through their clothes. If you experience issues like these, board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Cha, MD, FACS, and his team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side can perform wedge- or trim-method labiaplasty. To find out more about these surgeries and their benefits, call the office on Park Avenue in New York City or book an appointment online today.

Labiaplasty Q&A

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery to reshape or contour your labia minora. Whether you would simply like to change their appearance or their size or shape causes irritation, labiaplasty can safely restore your comfort or boost your confidence and sexual satisfaction. 

The team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery routinely uses two methods of performing labiaplasty surgery:

The wedge method

The wedge method promotes a more natural labial appearance. The team removes a V-shaped wedge of tissue from each of the labia minora before closing them with sutures. This leaves the natural ridge of the labia intact and preserves their natural color. 

The trim method

The trim method removes tissue along the outer rim of your labia minora, which often serves the purpose of removing some of the darker areas of tissue too. As a result, the edge is bright pink in color, which some find to appear more youthful or consistent with their skin tone. 

Who can benefit from labiaplasty?

There are multiple reasons why you might consider getting labiaplasty at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery. The team verifies that you’re in good health and have realistic and reasonable expectations during your initial consultation, and they evaluate your goals.

You might consider labiaplasty if you have:

  • Protrusion of the labia minora from the labia majora
  • A noticeable labial outline while wearing tight clothes
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Discomfort during exercise
  • Trouble maintaining your hygiene

Unlike other cosmetic surgeries, labiaplasty often doesn’t require general anesthesia. With local anesthesia for numbing, you can usually go home shortly after the surgery is complete. 

What is the recovery like after labiaplasty?

You may experience some swelling or bruising of the vulva as you recover from labiaplasty and a temporary loss of sensation. Any such numbness should only last for around two weeks, and you should avoid physical activity for at least one week after your surgery.

Because infections can occur in this sensitive area, you should avoid swimming or submerging the labia in any context for the first four weeks of healing. This goes for sexual contact, too. Most people can return to sexual activity around one month after labiaplasty. 

To schedule a surgical consultation for labiaplasty, book an appointment over the phone or online at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery today.