Labiaplasty is a cosmetic genital surgical procedure that will reduce the size or change the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina (the labia minora). Many women are born with large or irregular labia. Others develop this condition after childbirth or with aging. The appearance of the enlarged labia can cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or loss of self-esteem. Additionally, those with overly sensitive labia minora often experience discomfort throughout their everyday lives, but especially with physical activities. When this happens, those suffering from this condition may benefit from a labiaplasty procedure.
Labiaplasty, also known as labioplasty, labia minora reduction or labial reduction, is a plastic surgery procedure undertaken to alter the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia), and the folds of skin surrounding the human vulva for aesthetic or functional reasons.
Labiaplasty surgery can be successfully performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation. The length of surgery depends on the extent of redundant labial tissue, but anticipate no more than two hours. Generally, the procedure can be carried out in a number of ways:
Amputation technique: Also referred to as the trim method, it is the simplest of the labia reduction surgeries. However, there are some disadvantages to this method such as the straight line scar that if left on the border of the labia, may be a more painful scar.
Wedge technique: This involves simply taking a wedge, or V shaped excision, from the center of the excess labia into natural creases of the labial folds. This is better than the trim technique because it preserves the natural transition at the border of the labia.
Modified wedge technique: A modification of the wedge technique, this takes a wedge from the inner labia skin to a downward facing wedge on the outer labia. This means the outer scar does not go horizontally across the labia. Instead, it lays in the crease between the outer and inner labia, in a vertical orientation. Once this scar heals, it is difficult to find it.
Most patients report a mild, uneventful recovery. You will have discomfort at the surgical site for the first few days which will then decrease. Dr. Friedman and his staff will ensure that you are sent home with prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. All sutures used are absorbable and therefore do not need to be removed.
To find out more about our Labiaplasty service, visit Dr. Friedman’s office locations at 7600 E Camelback Road, Suite #7, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 and 903 N. Beeline Highway, Suite A, Payson, Arizona 85541, or book an appointment by calling (480) 664-0125 today.