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What is Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reducing the size of the labia minora, which are the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening. It is not recommended for girls under the age of 18, as the labia may continue to develop into early adulthood.
Some women may seek a labiaplasty because they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their labia. However, it is completely normal to have visible skin folds around the opening of the vagina.
During a labiaplasty, the inner vaginal lips, or labia minora, are reduced in size and appearance. In some cases, the outer vaginal lips, or labia majora, may also be reshaped with fat injections or trimmed, although this is less common.
The procedure can be performed by trimming excess tissue and using dissolvable sutures to close the edges, or by removing a wedge-shaped area on each side of the labia minora and joining the remaining tissue to reduce the size of the area within the outer labia. The result is smaller, less prominent labia minora and a more “tucked in” appearance.
The Trim Technique
The Trim Technique
The trim technique for labiaplasty involves making a small vertical incision along the length of the labia minora with either a scalpel or laser. After the incision is made, the surgeon removes any excess vaginal tissue in that area. At the end of the procedure, he closes the area with stitches. This technique is particularly useful for removing any dark edges of the labia and offers maximum flexibility to correct asymmetry.
The Wedge Technique
The wedge technique for labiaplasty involves cutting and removing a partial amount of tissue in the shape of a wedge from the thickest part of the labia. Once this tissue is removed, the surgeon stitches the two detached sides back together. This technique reduces the size of the labia minora while preserving the natural edges of the labia.
The Wedge Technique
What to expect
First, you and your surgeon will discuss the reasons why you want to undergo labiaplasty. You’ll discuss your expectations and goals, as well as the risks of the surgery. You may undergo a psychological exam, including questions about depression and anxiety.
Next, your surgeon will explain the details of your surgery, including where incisions will be made and what changes to the size and shape of your labia to expect.
You may undergo pre-surgical tests, including blood work, urinalysis, and a chest X-ray. You’ll be given instructions on what to wear to your procedure, when to stop food and drink, when to adjust or temporarily stop certain medications, and other information on how to prepare for your surgery.
Frequently asked questions
Labiaplasty typically takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to perform.
General or local anesthesia is typically used to prevent any pain or discomfort during labiaplasty surgery.
When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, labiaplasty should not leave visible scarring. The scars from the incision should be concealed within the natural creases of the skin.
Yes, you can still have children after undergoing labiaplasty surgery. However, keep in mind that childbirth can cause the labia to stretch, and hormones may alter the shape somewhat as well. The extent to which the labia stretches varies from person to person, and it’s impossible to know whether or not you’ll need a revision labiaplasty after childbirth. Most women who undergo labiaplasty choose to do so after they have finished having children, but the ultimate decision is up to you. Labiaplasty should not affect your ability to have children at all.
Labiaplasty can be done on women of any age as long as they are at least 18 years old.
Yes, labiaplasty can be done under local anesthesia.
While labiaplasty can be done under local anesthesia, it is generally recommended to have it performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort, quick recovery, and better results.