Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from the labia, making it smaller either for hygienic or cosmetic reasons. In some women, the labia can become enlarged and elongated, causing discomfort when wearing certain clothing.
Most patients seeking labioplasty feel that they do not want hanging of the labia minora beyond the labia majora or outer lips. Others feel bulky in pants or a bathing suit to the point of not wanting to wear any revealing clothing. The final group of patients seeking such surgery are active athletes who complain of rubbing with biking or running.
The size, shape, and color of women's inner labia vary greatly. One is usually larger than the other. They may be hidden by the outer labia, or may be visible, and may become larger with sexual arousal, sometimes two to three times their usual diameter.
Labiaplasty (also known as labioplasty, labia minora reduction, and labial reduction) is a plastic surgery procedure for altering the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia), the folds of skin surrounding the human vulva.
Labial reduction can be performed under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anaesthesia, either as a discrete, single surgery, or in conjunction with another, gynecologic or cosmetic, surgery procedure.
Our goal is to make sure that you are comfortable after you leave the office/hospital and have proper instructions how to take care of yourself in order for you to have a safe and successful surgical experience.
Post-operative pain is minimal, and the woman is usually able to leave office/hospital the same day. She is also instructed on the proper cleansing of the surgical wound site, and the application of a topical antibiotic ointment to the reduced labia, a regimen observed three times daily for two days after surgery.
The woman’s initial, post-labiaplasty consultation with the surgeon is recommended one week after surgery. To allow the wounds to heal, she is instructed not to use tampons, not to wear tight clothes (e.g. thong underwear), and to abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks after surgery.