Labiaplasty & Labia Minora Reduction
Labiaplasty, also known as labia reduction, vaginal lip reduction, or labia rejuvenation, is a procedure to decrease the size and improve the appearance of enlarged, hypertrophic or asymmetrical labia Minora (inner labia) and/or Labia Majora (outer labia).
The size, color, and shape of labia vary significantly, and may change as a result of childbirth, aging, genital piercing and other events. The enlarged labia may cause some women to experience discomfort with pinching or pulling during certain activities, or with some clothing.
Labiaplasty (labia reduction and/or reshaping) has become more popular as more women have become aware of the appearance of their external genitalia due to laser hair removal, waxing and increased porn movie viewing.
Labiaplasty can greatly enhance the cosmetic appearance of the outer vagina giving many women greater confidence and self esteem. Women who are unhappy or embarrassed with the way their labia look or have pain and discomfort with certain sports, intercourse and tight clothing can definitely benefit from surgical rejuvenation of the labia. Often this affects sexual relationships and self esteem. Some women just want to look as beautiful as they can for themselves and their partner.
The clitoral prepuce or the clitoral hood is the skin covering the clitoris. In some women there is thickening of the skin or redundancy, which interferes with the woman’s sexual response or is aesthetically displeasing.
Before Labiaplasty Surgery
Prior to surgery a detail medical history is taken including information concerning the number of pregnancies, history of delivery method. A careful examination is conducted by Dr. Forouzanpour. After the examination procedure, anesthesia type, possible risks and complications as well as the incision site are discussed and questions are answered. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs and smoking habits.
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The Labiplasty Procedure
The Labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure at Beverly Hills Surgical & Medical Center Facility in Beverly Hills. Typically the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with or without IV sedation. Depending on the extent of correction required and if its combined with any other procedures such as Hoodplasty, the procedure should take between one to two hours to complete. If IV sedation is given, an adult must accompany you and you will not be able to operate a motor vehicle after discharge.
Prior to initiating the procedure, the excess skin to be resected is measured and marked. The area is injected with local anesthetic, fine incisions are made on the sides of each labia (inner labia or labia Minora).
The labia Majora incisions are made at the edge of the skin folds; excess skin is trimmed to achieve the desired shape and size. The edges are closed using absorbable sutures.
The procedure consists of making fine incisions on the sides of each labia (labia minora or inner lips) placed within natural folds and creases. The excess tissue is removed and the incision site is closed using absorbable sutures.
Female External Genital Anatomy
Recovery After Labiaplasty Surgery
You will have discomfort at the surgical site for the first few days, which will then decrease. All patients are sent home with prescriptions for pain control and antibiotics. Mild to moderate swelling and bruising is common after the procedure.
Majority of patients feel well enough to return to work one to two days after the Labiaplasty. Full healing and return to regular activities, sports and sexual intercourse takes approximately four to six weeks. All sutures used are absorb-able and therefore do not need to be removed. You may shower one to two days after surgery. Most of the discomfort will be over after 3 or 4 days.
Potential Risk and Complications
Labiaplasty is an extremely safe and effective when performed by an experienced surgeon. Complications connected with the surgical procedure are rare: however there are inherent risks connected with every surgical procedure. You will have a scar, which may take few weeks to disappear. Each person heals differently and neither the physician nor the patient can control the patient’s healing.
The most common risks of surgery may include bleeding, infection, and scarring, however these are very unusual. During your consultation appointment, these will be discussed in detail.
Labiaplasty Procedure FAQs
The surgeries are performed in our outpatient surgical suite in Beverly Hills, California.
Most patients return to work in two to four days after surgery with restrictions in activities. Restrictions include no heavy lifting, no sports or exercising for about 4-6 weeks.
Sexual activity usual can resume about six weeks after the Labiaplasty Surgical procedure.
For the vast majority of women the clitoris is the structure associated with sensory pleasure, not the labia. Temporary numbness may occur after the surgical procedure and should resolve within the first few weeks. As such you should not notice any loss of pleasurable sensation after surgery.
Usually this area is not altered during the surgery. Some women do have excessive skin in this area and it can be trimmed to give a more pleasing and natural appearance at the time of surgery. This can be discussed at the time of consultation.
If the labia were interfering with intercourse, both of you will notice an improvement. Visually, your partner should notice that your labia are now smaller and better proportioned.
Any woman who is uncomfortable and/or self-conscious about large and misshapen labia is a great surgical candidate. An ideal candidate is a healthy female who does not smoke and has reasonable expectations for their results.
Typically the labiplasty procedure takes about 1-2 hours and slightly longer if Clitoral Hoodplasty is being performed.
The three most common techniques are edge resection, central wedge resection and de-epithelialization technique. During your consultation these techniques are discussed and based on the physical examination the most appropriate technique will be selected.
Labiaplasty is a fairly safe procedure when performed by an experienced surgeon. Although rare, but more commonly seen complications after the procedure are: bleeding, scaring, infection, sensation changes and asymmetry.
Those changes are most likely due to stretching and relaxation of the vaginal vault muscles after vaginal delivery. The muscle relaxation is often associated with bladder incontinence. Labiaplasty is not the procedure of choice for those issues. However the CO2 laser tightening or FemiLift procedure will improve and correct the symptoms experienced.
Labiaplasty Before and After Pictures
(Please note that results may vary from patient to patient)