Many women are concerned about the appearance of their genital (vaginal) area. Labiaplasty surgery is surgery to improve the appearance of the external female genitalia or labia. Although women frequently feel they are the only person with this problem, this is actually a very common surgery and a surgery with one of the highest satisfaction rates of any surgery that Dr. Smith performs.*
The labia, also known as “vaginal lips”, “genital lips” or just “lips” can be a source of concern or possible embarrassment. The labia consists of two paired folds. The outer labia, called the labia majora are the larger labia and the ones that are associated with feminine beauty and youth. They should be full and nearly completely cover the inner, thinner labia which are called the labia minora. There are many variations in appearance in this area and nearly all of them are “normal”.
It is considered most aesthetically pleasing if the inner labia, labia minora, do not protrude past the outer labia or if they do it should be very minimal. However, sometimes they may protrude excessively. The labia can stretch after pregnancies and with aging or hormonal changes, they may lengthen and interfere with exercise or impair sexual function. Also, patients complain that they may bulge in a swimsuit or in gym clothes and can be embarrassing to them. When these protrude excessively, labiaplasty surgery (or just labiaplasty) is a simple procedure to correct them.
Patients sometimes mistakenly call vaginoplasty the procedure to trim the labia, but this is a different procedure used to tighten and rejuvenate the vagina.
There are several advantages of labiaplasty surgery. Many women gain confidence in their appearance both when they are naked and in tight clothing or a bathing suit. When the labia are large they can rub during sex and/or obscure stimulation of the clitoris, making sex less pleasurable. The labia can also rub and cause discomfort during exercise. Labiaplasty can help improve sexual function some patients.* The labia can also protrude in tight clothing or in a bathing suit causing embarrassment. Labiaplasty surgery will correct this bulging that occurs in tight clothing.
Labiaplastycan be done under general anesthesia, I.V. sedation or wide awake under local anesthesia. The labia minora are carefully trimmed to a smaller size and closed with an absorbable suture. Labiaplasty (trimming the labia minora) takes about 20 minutes for each labia minora. Fortunately of every surgery Dr. Smith performs, this is the surgery with the very least amount of the visible scarring. Most often, the incisions cannot be seen by 3 months after labiaplasty surgery.
Normally the outer labia, called the labia majora, are full and plump. As we age they thin out. Sometimes they are just too thin even in a young patient. The outer lips can be made more full and attractive by using fat to fill the outer labia. This is a form of fat transfer. This is called labia rejuvenation surgery, fat transfer to the labia or labiaplasty of the labia majora.
The pain after labiaplasty surgery is usually quite minimal and easily managed and the recovery is fairly quick. However, the labia tend to swell a lot and can look scary to patients initially. It is important to rest and ice the area for the first 48 hours after Labiaplasty. Most patients can return to work 2 days after labiaplasty as long as their work is not strenuous. Patients can usually return to exercise 3 weeks after labiaplasty surgery. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for 5 to 6 weeks after labiaplasty.
Due to the sensitive nature and area in which labiaplasty is performed, Dr. Smith does not post before and after pictures labiapalasty pictures on his website. Before and after pictures of labiaplasty surgery are shown to patients in the privacy of their consulatations at his office. For the patient's comfort, these consultations are always done with a female member of his staff present.
Dr. Smith, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs labiaplasty surgery nearly every week and he has hundreds of very satisfied patients. To schedule a consultation, simply call the office at (702) 838-2455 or fill out the contact us form on this website.