Many women are bothered by prominent labia minora. A labiaplasty is a quick, in-office procedure, that corrects this common problem. After labiaplasty, women find it more comfortable to exercise, wear certain types of clothing and have intimate relations.
18+ years old
Genetics, pregnancy, hormones, edema and aging all take their toll on a woman’s genital weekly; daily. Labia minora that are more prominent or protuberant than the labia majora. Prominent labia minora can cause discomfort when wearing certain clothing or having sexual intercourse. Some women are also bothered by the appearance of prominent or excessive labia minora leading to self-esteem issues during intimate relations.
The labia minora are reduced to a size that is more harmonious with the labia majora. Some patients also have deflated labia majora that can create the illusion excessively large labia minora. In these patients fat grafting to the labia majora at the time of labiaplasty can help achieve a better balance between the labia minora and labia majora. Other complementary procedures include monsplasty.
To improve the appearance and function of the perineum (vagina).
Office, Surgery Center or Hospital
Patients should not be recently post-partum. Patients cannot be using any nicotine containing substances.
Local anesthesia in the office, IV sedation and local anesthesia at a surgery center or general anesthesia. Vaginal rejuvenation (tightening) requires general anesthesia.
Most patients go home the day of the procedure.
There are no positioning restrictions after a labiaplasty.
You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to drive or care for others.
You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
You may shower the day of surgery. However, you may not take baths or go swimming for 2 weeks.
1 week for light exercise. 3 weeks for regular exercise.
Wait 6 weeks because your incisions need to be well-healed.
1 week or less, depending on your type of work.
Usually peaks around 3 days and gradually goes away.
If present, usually subsides after 2 weeks.
1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.
Risks & Complications
Dehiscence, Pigmentation mismatch, Hematoma, Infection, Poor scarring, Delayed wound healing, Notching, Asymmetry, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque
*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571