Labiaplasty Surgery

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a simple surgical procedure that improves the size and shape of the labia (the small, inner lips of the female genitalia). Many women are born with enlarged or irregular labia. A sector of the female population has developed this condition due to childbirth and/or aging. Labiaplasty can improve physical comfort and enhance the appearance of the labia. This procedure is safely performed by plastic surgeons every day on women all over the country.

The Benefits of Labiaplasty

  • Enhances the appearance of the labia
  • Reduces discomfort from oversized or irregular labia
  • Limits irritation from oversized or irregular labia
  • May reduce embarrassment in intimate situations
  • Boosts self-esteem

Achieved With Labiaplasty

Reduced Discomfort and Irritation

Some women have chronic irritation and discomfort in the genital area due to the irregular shape or large size of their labia. This discomfort can be intensified while wearing tight clothing, sitting, biking, running, or engaging in sexual activities. Labiaplasty trims the labia into a more comfortable size and/or shape to eliminate chronic irritation, chafing, and discomfort. By doing this, it can help women feel greater freedom to pursue these interests.

Improved Labia Appearance

Some women are bothered by the appearance of their labia. The labia may be overly enlarged, irregular, or asymmetrical. These women may choose to have the labiaplasty procedure for aesthetic reasons to make their labia look prettier and more symmetrical. This surgery removes excess and irregular tissue to improve the appearance of the labia and to create a youthful and symmetrical look for the outer lips of the genitalia.

Greater Self-esteem and Confidence

Some women describe feeling embarrassed about the appearance of their enlarged labia. They may experience a loss of self-esteem and confidence. These feelings may become more prominent in intimate situations and may even affect a woman’s desire to participate in sexual activities. Labiaplasty improves the appearance of the labia and can help women feel more confident in their bodies so they can thoroughly enjoy themselves in intimate settings.

Your Labiaplasty Procedure

Your labiaplasty procedure will be tailored to your individual needs. The general details of your surgery will go as follows:

  • The surgery will take place in the privacy of our in-office surgical suite.
  • It will be conducted under IV, which will allow for a pain-free experience.
  • Dr. Schlechter will measure the skin of the labia and mark the excess for symmetry and size.
  • Dr. Schlechter will delicately trim away the excess tissue.
  • The remaining tissue of the labia will be reshaped to create a more symmetrical and beautiful appearance.
  • Absorbable sutures will be placed once the procedure is finished.
  • The procedure will last approximately one hour.

FAQs

The recovery from a labiaplasty is better than most patients expect. Because of the abundant blood supply to the area, the healing process for most patients is quick and smooth. The key is compliance with post-surgical instructions. Any mild discomfort can be treated with prescribed pain medications. Patients can return to work in one or two days unless their job involves strenuous physical activity from which they must refrain for a few weeks. Swelling in the area may last for a couple of weeks. The absorbable sutures may cause some initial irritation but will dissolve in most patients in a few weeks. Depending on the patient, sexual activity may be resumed in four to six weeks. By six weeks, most patients are released to resume all their normal activities. The small incision scar will be barely visible once it has healed and matured.
Most women who have enlarged or irregular labia are candidates for the procedure. Women who have pain or persistent irritation due to their labia are ideal candidates and often find tremendous relief after the surgery. Other good candidates include women who want to beautify the appearance of their labia and improve their self-esteem and confidence. Patients must be 18 years or older and have reasonable expectations for the results. Candidates must also be willing to follow all postoperative instructions regarding physical activity and sexual activity so as not to compromise their results.
With your labiaplasty, Dr. Schlechter can perform a hoodectomy to alter the tissue around the clitoris. This procedure is associated with increased sexual sensitivity. Dr. Schlechter does not perform other vaginal rejuvenation procedures and recommends that patients who desire additional procedures beyond labiaplasty and hoodectomy seek a specialist in that area of surgery.
There is no difference between having a labiaplasty before or after childbearing is over. The only concern is whether you have enlarged or abnormal labia that cause you discomfort or displeasure.
The labia are not directly associated with sexual sensitivity. However, removing the excess skin and reshaping the labia can reduce discomfort or pain during intercourse. Decreased sensitivity can occur with the labiaplasty procedure.