What Is A Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to alter the size or shape of the labia minora. Some women are born with large or uneven labia. Others develop size or shape issues during development, following pregnancy, or as a normal part of aging. Large or asymmetric labia can cause many issues. These include issues of self-esteem and comfort in front of sexual partners. Some women experience discomfort with sex and physical activities. Others have difficulty with clothes fitting comfortably. Labiaplasty seeks to address all of these issues by improving the appearance of the labia minora by reducing their size and creating better symmetry.
Who Is A Candidate For Labiaplasty?
Those who are bothered by enlarged labia that cause discomfort during intercourse, while wearing tight clothing and other activities can find relief with labiaplasty. A labiaplasty can also be performed for cosmetic purposes to enhance feminine confidence.
Read About One Patient’s Labiaplasty Journey
“I apologize for the length, it’s a bit long of a read! After having an uncomfortable consultation at a different plastic surgeons office, I was happy to have a much better, comfortable experience at Dr.K’s office. This is especially so since I was having a labiaplasty consultation, which is a very personal, sensitive area to have an elected surgery on. The original location I visited, the procedure wasn’t explained to me, so I didn’t fully understand what would be happening. I explained this experience to Dr.K, who responded by walking me through the procedure step-by-step, and explaining different possible techniques. It’s much easier for me to make a decision on something when I have ALL of the details, which I’m sure we can all relate to!
I’ve pondered getting a labiaplasty for YEARS, ever since I was a young teenager. This is something that impacted my dating life, even my daily life, as this was something I thought about every single day. I was mostly afraid of the procedure itself, since it’s such a sensitive area (I’ve also never had surgery before), I was worried I’d experience pain. Dr.K eased my worries, ensuring me I wouldn’t feel a painful sensation during the procedure. He continued to suggest an outpatient procedure approach for my specific case, meaning I’d be awake for the procedure. At first, this made me very anxious, especially since I was worried that I’d feel it happening. However, reflecting on the procedure and my experience, I’m very happy I chose to have it in-office, rather than the hospital. Dr.K and his assistant were extremely reassuring throughout the entire procedure, I felt no pain at all, and we even carried on conversation – it was relatively quick, I believe it took around 45 minutes but only felt like 20 minutes!
I’m officially 1 month and 10 days post-op and feel completely normal again. Recovery isn’t a painful experience either, just a little inconvenient since stitches can begin to itch as they heal. The day of the surgery, I took the stronger pain medication provided by Dr.K, but this was the only day I had to take the stronger medication. Day 2 and forward, the “pain” (more so an uncomfortable feeling, not as much pain) was manageable with Tylenol. After a few days I was able to walk normally again, but still took it easy! The more rest the better. My procedure, and recovery process went extremely smooth, better than I could have ever imagined, and I can confidently say this was because I had Dr.K as my doctor. In terms of my results, I cannot put into words how happy I am – it feels as though a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Of course, it’s very normal to have larger labia-minora, as they come in all shapes and sizes. However, my labia were a bit too long for my personal liking, and I was very insecure… Now, I am nearly radiating with confidence when I look in the mirror.
Before, during, and after the procedure, Dr.K is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you’re looking into getting a labiaplasty, I highly recommend scheduling a consultation at Dr.K’s office, he will assist you in making the decision that is best for you.”
What Happens During A Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty can be performed in the office with local anesthesia and oral medication or in the hospital with anesthesia. The appropriate setting will ultimately be defined by the one that is best and most comfortable for the patient. A few different techniques can be utilized during a labiaplasty procedure. In a trim technique, the natural border of the labia is followed, removing excess tissue to reduce its size and improve shape and symmetry. A wedge technique can also be used to remove a triangle shape from the labia, then bringing the two edges together with a few stitched. Each technique has its own advantages and drawbacks. The procedure generally takes 1-2 hours to complete.
Why would you get a labiaplasty?
Women often opt for labiaplasty because of discomfort or health concerns that come with long, protruding labia. This can include dryness, itchiness, and chafing.
Is a labiaplasty covered by insurance?
Labiaplasty is not covered by insurance unless the procedure is deemed medically necessary.
Will I lose feeling if I have a labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty should have no effect on sensation once healing is complete.
Does a labiaplasty require general anesthesia?
Labiaplasty can be performed with either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. This largely depends on your specific needs and what you are most comfortable with.
Does a labiaplasty affect birth?
Labiaplasty should not result in any risks for giving birth. However, some patients choose to wait until they are done having children before undergoing a labiaplasty so that they can be sure to enjoy their results long-term.
Will a labiaplasty leave scars?
After a labiaplasty, any resulting scar tissue should be well concealed within the natural contours of the body.
Does labiaplasty cause vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness is a very rare side effect that should not occur when the operation is performed by an experienced surgeon.
Can you walk after a labiaplasty?
Although you can walk after a labiaplasty, it is recommended you only walk minimally for the first couple of days after your surgery.
Will a labiaplasty help with yeast infections?
Since longer labia can be one cause of yeast infections because they trap moisture, a labiaplasty may help reduce the occurrence of yeast infections.
How do you know if you need a labiaplasty?
If you experience discomfort, such as chaffing and irritation, when you wear a bathing suit or tight clothes, a labiaplasty might be beneficial. Another sign is if your labia is causing discomfort during sex - longer labia can get sucked into the vagina during intercourse which can result in tears on the vulva.
What are the risks of a labiaplasty?
As with all surgeries, there is the risk of bleeding, swelling, and scarring. While these symptoms may gradually go away, there is also the slight risk that you will lose sensitivity and that too much tissue is removed.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
Most patients experience discomfort for a few days following their labiaplasty procedure. Pain medication and oral antibiotics are prescribed after surgery to maximize patient comfort. Patients can return to work as soon as 2-4 days after their procedure and can resume regular activities including sexual intercourse after 4-6 weeks.