It is not uncommon for women to want a change in the look of their labia minora, also known as the inner lips of the vagina. In some cases, labia can be overly long, thick, or asymmetrical.

These aesthetic issues can be not only embarrassing but also physically uncomfortable and painful; this can lead to sexual dissatisfaction or difficulty.

Women who deal with these issues are encouraged to come in for a consultation regarding labiaplasty surgery.

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty refers to the surgical correction of the labia minora. The goal of a labiaplasty is to reduce the size of a woman’s labia minora and make them look more symmetrical so that they don’t protrude or hang beyond the labia majora (the outer lips of the vagina).

Why Do Women Opt for a Labiaplasty?

Women often consider this surgery to avoid embarrassment, to address the stigma of labial issues that can be seen through clothing or observed in intimate situations, for comfort, and sometimes for chafing.

Genetics are the typical cause of labial enlargement. It can also occur due to aging, pregnancies, and a variety of other causes.

What Happens During a Labiaplasty Procedure?

The whole procedure usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete and can be performed under local or general anesthesia.

The most common type of labiaplasty is the trimming procedure, in which the extra tissue that is present in the labia minora is removed and then the incisions are sewn closed.

The wedge procedure is another kind of labiaplasty that maintains a natural border after a pie-slice-shaped section of tissue is removed. The extra folds of the clitoral hood can also be reduced at the same time during the procedure, after which the tissues are closed and stitched together with absorbable sutures.

What Is the Recovery Period Like After a Labiaplasty Procedure?

After the procedure, most patients are up and active again a couple of hours after the surgery. Patients will notice a degree of swelling and bruising in the surgical area. These will be only temporary.

During the first 24 to 48 hours, patients should place ice packs on the outer part of their genitalia to minimize swelling and bruising. Loose clothing and cotton underwear are also made mandatory.

In the next 72 hours, patients can resume many regular activities, as long as they make sure that there is minimal friction to the labia during these. Rigorous exercise, cycling, horse riding, jet skis, motorcycles, and four-wheelers must be avoided at all costs during the recovery period.

The absorbable stitches will dissolve in a few weeks after the procedure. The results are typically visible four to six weeks after the surgery; at this point, swelling will have ameliorated.

Contact Our Office

Feeling confident in your body is important. If you are ready to correct aesthetic vaginal issues, you should contact experienced surgeon Dr. John Schilling to set up a consultation. After scheduling an appointment, you can talk to him about your needs in a safe and comfortable environment.