Labiaplasty (labia reduction and shaping) is becoming more popular as more women are realizing there is a solution to their concerns in this area. In many cases it the procedure is more than cosmetic, it truly improves a woman’s quality of life.
As a woman myself, I am particularly sensitive to women seeking these procedures. Often women live with discomfort, embarrassment, avoidance of certain tight fitting clothing and feel self conscious in their relationships because of labial asymmetry, protuberance, or excessive labial show. They are unaware that there is a surgical solution for their problem. In your consultation, myself and my staff will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible. We will discuss what your specific concerns are and develop an individual goal for you.
Labiaplasty permits the reduction of large labia (labia minora and labia majora) to reduce their outward appearance and correct misshapenness or irregularities. I recently wrote a book chapter on Female Vaginal Cosmetic surgery in the International Textbook of Aesthetic Surgery.
The edges of the labia minora to be excised are marked in a symmetric fashion on both labia. The incisions are placed on the medial (inside) surfaces of the labia. The excessive protuberant area is excised and the remaining edge is oversewn with a running suture. All sutures used are absorbable.
POST OP INSTRUCTIONS
Post-operatively patients are given antibiotics and told to apply a significant amount of lubricant to the surgical site for 2-3 weeks. They are instructed to refrain from sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks. Complications include infection, hematoma, dehiscence. Hypertrophic scars are rare.
My patients are usually extremely happy with the results. They are pleasantly surprised how little pain they feel after the procedure. Women who felt embarrassed to wear bathing suits, leggings, or yoga tights are finally able to. They feel much more confident and overall feel that the surgery changes their life for the better.
Please feel free to see me in consultation for more before and after photos.