Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the labia minora, the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening. Enlarged or asymmetric labia minora can sometimes cause discomfort during sexual intercourse or exercise and may contribute to embarrassment when wearing a bathing suit.
Who is a candidate for labiaplasty?
Candidates for labiaplasty include healthy women over the age of 18 who are self conscious about their enlarged labia; they may have issues with discomfort during sexual intercourse or exercise or may be embarrassed when wearing tight clothing. It is increasingly popular amongst women who have gone through childbirth.
How is labiaplasty performed?
The labiaplasty procedure is a 1-2 hour operation performed under limited anesthesia. Using specialized techniques and concepts only a plastic surgeon is trained to apply, Dr. Farris will perform the labiaplasty to remove the excess tissue by strategically placing the incisions in a way that results in a well hidden scar, without disfigurement. The technique used will be customized to address your specific anatomical issue and will be explained to you thoroughly during the consultation.
What to expect after surgery?
Dr. Farris and his staff will provide specific instructions regarding your surgery. Your privacy and comfort is of paramount concern to us. You will be able to go home the same day after the procedure. Following surgery, you will be advised to use sanitary napkins for about 1 week and a panty girdle for compression. Most of the swelling should subside by the 2nd week. Light activity is advised after the procedure and patients usually return to work in a few days. Avoid strenuous activity or sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks. With the results of labiaplasty, women feel more comfortable and relieved as their discomfort is addressed, sex life is improved and confidence is regained.
- What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia minora, the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening. Enlarged labia can cause discomfort during exercise or sexual intercourse and may contribute to embarrassment when wearing tight clothing.
- What kind of improvement can I expect after labiaplasty?
You may feel more comfortable or relief if you had discomfort. Sex life is usually improved and confidence is regained.
- Should I go to a plastic surgeon or OB-GYN doctor for my labiaplasty?
Although both specialists may offer this procedure, only a plastic surgeon is specifically trained in the practice and art of rearranging tissue in a geometrically strategic fashion. These skills become important when making adjustments in the middle of a procedure or having to deal with unexpected anatomical challenges.
- How long should I refrain from sex after labiaplasty?
In general, you should refrain from sexual activity (vaginal penetration) for at least 4 weeks after labialplasty.