Labiaplasty is a word that describes a procedure that shortens the length of the labia minora, or inner lips next to the vagina. The procedure is performed frequently and with ever increasing popularity.
There are a variety of reasons why a woman requests the procedure. Sometimes it is due to pain or discomfort from tugging or twisting of the labia during sexual intercourse or sports like riding a bicycle.
The other reason is simply self-consciousness or embarrassment during intimate relations. Other times, a large labia is visible through shorts or a swimsuit.
When the labia minora hangs below the major and the major do not close over them, the surgery is performed to correct this situation. At times, one side is significantly larger than the other and the two can be made closer in size. However, most often both sides are reduced so that they no longer twist or tug.
For reasons Dr Sadove will explain at the time of the consultation, he prefers a plastic surgery procedure which uses a common plastic surgery technique called a W plasty. There are potential problems with the trim procedure such a a straight line visible scar. The wedge procedure also has limitations and the chance of creating an irregular deformity. A pie shaped wedge removal can leave long labial on the two sides of the wedge. Extra skin folds of the clitoral hood can also be removed at the same time. Fine absorbable stitches are used which melt away with time and do not need to be removed.
Bleeding, hematoma, infection and wound opening are risks associated with all surgical procedures. Even though many woman prefer an aggressive removal, some labia must remain in order to avoid dryness, scaring, and pain with intercourse. Wedge procedures are associated with these types of risks and is therefore avoided.
A week from heavy work is the usual time required. During this time patients are encouraged to take frequent baths with Epsom salt and use a small amount of Vaseline for comfort along with a vaginal pad.
Tampons and sexual intercourse is usually resumed after four to six weeks. This is not the end of the healing period. All wounds continue to soften and mature for six months.
Patients are very happy with the results. Many scientific studies have found over 90% patient satisfaction rates.
Plastic Surgery started with a simple premise: Make available to every woman the health resources she needs to live a healthy, active, and long life. At the same time, educate each woman about the importance of preventative cosmetic health measures. This same idea still drives us today, some decades later. The track record we’ve accumulated over the years speaks to our commitment to patients, their families, and the community at large. All of our facilities are clean and modern, with the latest technology at our disposal. Just as important, both our medical and office staffs are second to none. We think you’ll notice the difference immediately when you step foot inside our doors. We’d love to see you today to map out a health and wellness plan that’s tailored to your health history and needs.
As we age, many patients are concerned about the loose extra skin on the labia majora. Today, we are excited to be able to offer auto fat injection for rejuvenation of the female genitalia.
Patients often are concerned about about the size or shape of the labia minora. This may have resulted from a tear which healed with scar tissue. It is not uncommon to remove the scar and repair the labia to its normal shape. See us for labia tear scar tissue repair in Gainesville. To know more, contact us!