Labiaplasty, the surgical reduction of the labia minora, the inner lips of the vaginal lips, is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure. Sometimes, labiaplasty is erroneously referred to ask “vaginal rejuvenation” or vaginaplasty. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, there were 44% more labiaplasties performed in 2013 compared to 2012, making it one of the fastest-growing cosmetic surgical procedures in the country. Labial enlargement may be due to hereditary congenital anomaly, due to aging, pregnancies or a variety of other causes.
The surgical goal is to reduce the size of a woman’s labia minora and make them more symmetrical so they don’t protrude or hang beyond the labia majora. Women often consider the surgery to avoid embarrassment, the stigma of labial enlargement can be seen through clothing or observed in intimate situations, for comfort, and less commonly for chafing. In some circumstances, psychosocial and functional difficulties, as well as physical discomfort, are motivations for women to undergo the procedure. Beyond the physical benefits of labiaplasty, some consider the procedure to feel more confident.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure and often lasts anywhere from under an hour to 90 minutes. An outpatient procedure means the patient can return home that day. Most patients prefer to have the procedure performed under local anesthesia. Our board certified plastic surgeons will be there for their patients every step of the way. They will address any questions and concerns that you may have and provide detailed aftercare instructions.
It is normal to experience mild pain, bruising and swelling around the surgery site in the first day or two after the procedure. Physical activity should be limited to avoid friction and swelling, loose comfortable clothing should be worn for the first few days as well. Most patients can return to work after a few days. Following the procedure, patients should avoid sexual encounters, significant physical exertion and exercise for approximately one month. The condition rarely reoccurs and the procedure usually lasts a lifetime. If you have any questions or concerns after the procedures, please call our office.
If you are experiencing any of the problems or discomforts listed above, call our office to discuss labiaplasty or schedule a consultation.