Labiaplasty Procedure Information
Labiaplasty is a simple cosmetic procedure that gives women the option to reshape their labia minora, also known as the inner vaginal lips. This allows patients to reverse the unwanted side effects of aging and childbirth, or correct labial issues that have affected them since puberty.
The labia minora often grow larger during pregnancy due to changes in hormones, and it’s rare that the tissue shrinks on its own after a baby is born. A carefully performed labiaplasty can reduce embarrassment about being seen naked, relieve discomfort when wearing tight underwear and pants, and prevent the excess tissue from interfering with sexual contact.
What are the Different Types of Labiaplasty?
There are three different types of labiaplasty procedures, depending on the portion of the labia that is treated. Some procedures may consist of a combination of two of these procedures, or even all three.
Labia Minora Reduction
The labia minora is the inner lips of the labia, and most labiaplasty procedures consist of trimming excess tissue from the labia minora, reducing the appearance of the labia. The vagina itself is not usually addressed during a labiaplasty, with only the inner or outer lips of the vulva receiving treatment.
Labia Majora Reduction
While a labiaplasty usually only addresses the labia minora, in some cases the outer lips of the labia, known as the labia majora, need treatment. In a labia majora reduction, the outer lips are trimmed with incisions on the skin of the labia majora, which can potentially result in additional scarring and swelling after the procedure is complete.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
If a woman has excess tissue around the clitoral hood, part of a labiaplasty can be removing the redundant clitoral hood tissue. This portion of the procedure requires carefully trimming away any excess tissue that may hang over the clitoris, followed by rearranging the overlying skin without reducing sexual satisfaction, stimulation, or risking a nerve injury.
V-Shaped Tissue Removal
When Dr. Parvin Mani of San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic performs a labiaplasty, she removes excess tissue in a V-shaped configuration. The results look natural, especially along the edges. The color and overall shape are maintained as well with this type of labiaplasty. The doctor will work with you to determine exactly how much tissue to remove depending on the final look you want. No one will know you’ve had your vaginal area altered unless you choose to tell them. If you still think the labia look too large after the procedure, a second revision is easily done after it heals to further reduce its size.
This type of labiaplasty offers benefits over other reduction procedures that include:
- Shorter recovery times
- More natural looking results in texture, shape and color
- Fewer chances for complications
- Reduced opportunities for scarring
Restrictions on Labiaplasty
Almost all women with good vaginal health are prime candidates for this kind of simple labiaplasty. It should not be performed on women under the age of 18 for cosmetic reasons because the labia minora is still growing and will not react well to adjustment. However, there are ways to adjust labiaplasty procedures for minors if your daughter is experiencing severe irritation and interruption of her daily activities due to enlarged labia.
The procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes only an hour or two. It is handled in the office, and you can resume your regular activities within the first day or two. You will need to avoid intercourse for six to eight weeks since the friction generated will irritate the newly healed skin.
There is only mild discomfort associated with the recovery process because the doctor minimizes the surgical cuts to keep as much skin intact as possible. You should be pain-free within one to two weeks, especially if you follow the doctor’s directions about hygiene and wearing loose-fitting clothing.
Patients must be willing to practice a strict hygiene routine after the surgery to prevent serious infection. Since there’s no need for general anesthesia, women with complications like heart disease or reduced lung function can still enjoy the results of a labiaplasty.
Labiaplasty at San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic
Dr. Parvin Mani has a warm bedside manner that makes it easier to talk about uncomfortable, personal issues such as enlarged labia. She will work with you to determine what other vaginal rejuvenation services fit with the labiaplasty to give you more self-confidence and comfort during sexual intercourse.
Don’t let embarrassment hold you back from seeking treatment. Dr. Mani has handled hundreds of vaginoplasty and labiaplasty procedures for patients of all ages, helping women achieve higher self-esteem through cosmetic surgery.
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