Women who are unhappy with the way their labia look or feel do not have to suffer through bouts of irritation or a lack of confidence in their appearance any longer. There is a medical solution for the discomfort caused by enlarged labia minora (inner vaginal lips): labiaplasty.
By carefully reshaping the contours of the labia minora, this treatment allows women to regain confidence in the appearance of their bodies. Labia reduction can restore the look and position of the labia minora so they no longer cause irritation. It can also correct any decrease in sexual enjoyment caused by enlarged labia.
Labial enlargement is often caused by hormonal fluctuations like those experienced during pregnancy. Some women are born with larger inner lips and start to experience discomfort from it, both physically and emotionally, during puberty. Aging is another factor that can contribute to the enlargement of the labia. Whether your condition is caused by genetics, childbirth, or maturity, labiaplasty can reduce the size of the labia minora and correct asymmetry without leaving any indication that a cosmetic procedure was performed.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
A good candidate for labiaplasty is any woman over the age of 18 with a cosmetic or medical need to reduce the size of her labia minora. Patients under the age of 18 may also be candidates for the procedure in cases of medical necessity, though it is not recommended for cosmetic reasons until puberty is completed. Women whose health problems prohibit them from other surgeries can often still receive this treatment. It is performed in-office, takes just an hour or two to complete, and requires only local anesthesia.
A V-shaped labiaplasty, where a “V” of excess tissue is removed from the labia, tends to have the best results of all methods used. This approach to the procedure removes the least amount of skin with maximum benefits. You will feel no pain during the procedure. A laser is used instead of a scalpel and any stitches used will dissolve of themselves. Both of these practices reduce complications and scarring.
As with any cosmetic procedure, Dr. Parvin Mani will consult with you beforehand about the resulting look you desire. After recovery, you should notice few changes to the overall appearance and feel of the labia minora other than their size. Scarring is minimal when the V-shaped method is used, and you should expect a quick recovery with few complications. If desired results are not achieved with the initial treatment, a follow-up procedure can be performed once the labia are fully healed.
Labiaplasty Recovery Timeline
Although it concerns a sensitive area of the body, recovery from labiaplasty is quick and simple to manage. The initial recovery period from your procedure will last a few days with complete recovery taking up to eight weeks.
- Day 1: Begin any hygienic measures recommended by your doctor.
- Day 2: Resume your daily routines wearing loose-fitting underwear and pants.
- Weeks 1-2: You should notice the cessation of any residual pain from surgery.
- Weeks 6-8: You may resume sexual intercourse once the surgical area is completely healed.
Following your doctor’s instructions carefully is essential for a complete, uncomplicated recovery. All prescribed hygiene measures should be completed daily. You will likely need to be seen for a follow-up appointment or two. Any signs of infection should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Labiaplasty in the San Diego Area
Women in the San Diego area who are considering a labiaplasty procedure should contact San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic where Board Certified Gynecologist Dr. Parvin Mani, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, offers vaginal rejuvenation services. As a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Mani is specially qualified to provide women with excellent care. Dr. Mani’s thorough understanding of women’s bodies and the support of her professional staff will provide you with the confidential, compassionate environment you need to consider your treatment options.