Plastic surgeons at Franciscan Health are trained and experienced in labiaplasty to reshape and resize the labia.
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape and/or resize the outer lips of the vagina (labia majora), the inner lips (labia minora) or both. By doing so, labiaplasty can help restore a normal appearance to the vagina as well as alleviate physical and psychological discomfort from having an excessively large or misshaped labia.
Because labiaplasty involves operating on a woman’s most intimate body part, it is crucial for patients to find a qualified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. The plastic and reconstructive plastic surgeons at Franciscan Physician Network are board-certified and highly skilled performing labiaplasty. Here, our team provide an overview of the procedure, as well as who can benefit from labiaplasty.
Genetics typically influence the size and shape of a woman’s labia. Factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, hormonal changes and the natural aging process can also cause aesthetic changes in the labia. In any case, many women experience low self-esteem and embarrassment due to their excessively large, asymmetrical and/or unusually shaped labia. As a result, these women may refrain from sexual intercourse or wearing bathing suits and tight clothing. Other women can experience physical discomfort in the form of chafing and skin irritation, especially during certain activities such as riding a bicycle or running. Labiaplasty removes excess skin and tissue on the labia, eliminating pain and discomfort. Following labiaplasty, patients report feeling a boost in self-confidence. They find physical activities, including sex, more pleasurable and desirable.
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty are women who:
Labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, under local or general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon will trim excess tissue, fat and skin from the inner and outer labias as needed to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing shape and size.
Asymmetry is addressed as well, in order to create a more proportionate labia appearance.
Most labiaplasty patients take one week off from work and their normal routine. Common side effects include swelling and soreness, which can be managed by applying a cold compress and oral pain medication prescribed by a plastic surgeon. During this time, patients should wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid irritation in the treatment area. Patients will need to avoid wearing tampons and vigorous activity, including intercourse, for approximately four to six weeks after surgery. The surgeon will determine when it is safe for patients to resume these activities during a follow-up appointment. Although some of the aesthetic results of labiaplasty are noticeable immediately after the procedure, it can take several months for the final results to become visible.