Excess Labia Removal

The removal of excess labia tissue, known as labia minora reduction or labiaplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to address concerns related to enlarged or elongated labia minora (inner vaginal lips). Some individuals may seek this procedure for cosmetic reasons, while others may do so for functional or comfort-related concerns. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Cosmetic vs. Functional Concerns:

  • Labiaplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Cosmetic concerns often involve the desire for a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing appearance, while functional concerns may include discomfort, irritation, or pain caused by enlarged labia minora.

2. Consultation:

  • Schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty. During the consultation, you can discuss your goals, concerns, and the specific changes you would like to achieve.

3. Surgical Procedure:

  • Labiaplasty typically involves the surgical removal of excess labia minora tissue to achieve the desired shape and size. The surgeon carefully trims and reshapes the labia minora while preserving sensitivity and function.

4. Anesthesia:

  • Labiaplasty can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s comfort and the extent of the procedure.

5. Recovery:

  • After the surgery, you may experience some swelling and discomfort, which should gradually subside over the following days and weeks.
  • Follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to ensure proper healing.

6. Risks and Benefits:

  • Like any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in sensitivity.
  • The benefits may include improved labial aesthetics, increased comfort, and enhanced self-confidence.

7. Surgeon Selection:

  • Choose a surgeon who is board-certified, experienced in labiaplasty procedures, and who can provide examples of their work through before-and-after photos.

8. Second Opinion:

  • If you have concerns or are uncertain about the procedure, it’s a good idea to seek a second opinion to ensure that your goals and expectations are aligned with the recommended treatment plan.

It’s crucial to have open and honest communication with your chosen surgeon and ensure that your goals and expectations are discussed and understood before undergoing labiaplasty. Your surgeon will evaluate your individual case and provide recommendations based on your specific concerns and anatomy.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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