Labiaplasty or Labia reduction is a type of cosmetic surgery that is performed for the purpose of reducing the size of the labia minora – the lips of the vagina. In most cases this surgery is performed to trim the size of these inner lips of the vagina if they extend below the outer lips excessively. Such a condition can also cause physical discomfort to the patient while wearing tight underwear or a skimpy swim suit. However, this is not to be confused with vaginal rejuvenation.
In the recent times, an increasing number of women are opting for this reconstructive surgery so that they no longer have to feel embarrassed about the enlarged size of their labia. There can be various reasons for distended labia minora. Most of the time, the increase in size of these labia occur due to the person’s genes, due to pregnancy, due to the aging process, and other conditions including injuries sustained during childbirth.
Many women also decide to get a hoodectomy as well which can be performed at the same time as the labia reduction. In this process, a very small amount of the foreskin of the clitoris of the patient is removed to help exposed the clitoris and help increase sexual sensitivity for the purpose of enhanced sexual pleasure. Hoodectomy may also be used as a potential option for treating anorgasmia, which is a type of sexual dysfunction where women have been unable to achieve an orgasm in the past.
Surgical procedures followed for Labia reduction
During the performance of a Labiaplasty, mild sedation and a local anesthetic are used to numb the area adequately. Once numb, the patient feels no pain during the procedure and yet does not have to undergo a general anesthetic where she must go to sleep during the procedure. This can eliminate many potential complications from general anesthesia, and most women prefer to not have to suffer from such side effects that can be avoided.
Once the area is numb, next the labia are identically marked for symmetrical removal of the excess tissue. The amount to be removed is up to the patient, for many prefer almost no labia to be left. These options are discussed with the patient preoperatively. Patients are encouraged to bring in pictures to demonstrate the look they would prefer.
Once marked, the excess tissue is removed and trimmed appropriately. There are many methods to performing this part of the procedure, including the use of a laser, an electrocautery device, a high frequency ultrasonic device, and special scissors. The type of system used can depend on the desired outcome of the patient.
After the excess tissue has been trimmed, the remaining labia are reduced in size and then sutured appropriately to result in a beautiful repair of the labia for the appropriate cosmetic look desired by the patient.
After Labiaplasty is performed, the patient can experience a significant amount of pain if not adequately treated. We make sure adequate pain and numbing medications are given to allow the patient to have a smoother postop period.
Recovery from the procedure occurs rapidly. It is not unusual for patients to return to work with a day or two. More physical activity may require longer time of a week or two. Swelling can persist for several weeks, and the ultimate result will become apparent several months after the procedure when all the swelling has resolved and the tissues have had time to repair themselves in a fine thin line.
If you have desired a more cosmetically appearing labia, call us at 817-399-8783 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate.