Labia Minora Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty of the labia minora, often referred to simply as labiaplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves altering the size or shape of the labia minora, which are the inner folds of the vulva. This procedure is typically performed for cosmetic reasons or to address physical discomfort or functional concerns. Here is a more detailed overview of labiaplasty of the labia minora:

1. Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty. During this consultation:

  • You can discuss your specific concerns, expectations, and goals for the procedure.
  • The surgeon will evaluate your anatomy and assess whether labiaplasty is appropriate for you.
  • You will receive information about the procedure, potential risks, and expected outcomes.

2. Anesthesia: Labiaplasty of the labia minora is typically performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. In some cases, general anesthesia may be an option depending on the surgeon’s recommendation and your preferences.

3. Surgical Techniques: There are different surgical techniques that can be used for labiaplasty of the labia minora. The choice of technique depends on your unique anatomy and desired results. Two common techniques include:

  • Trimming Technique: In this method, the surgeon trims the excess tissue along the edges of the labia minora to achieve the desired size and shape. This technique is often used for reducing the length of the labia.
  • Wedge Resection Technique: This technique involves removing a V-shaped wedge of tissue from the labia minora and suturing the remaining tissue together. It can help achieve a natural-looking result and preserve the natural edge of the labia.

4. Surgery: The surgeon will perform the chosen surgical technique to reshape the labia minora according to your goals. The procedure typically takes about one to two hours.

5. Recovery: After labiaplasty of the labia minora, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It’s essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon, which may include:

  • Keeping the area clean and avoiding irritants.
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing to minimize friction.
  • Avoiding strenuous activities, such as exercise, for several weeks.
  • Abstaining from sexual intercourse during the initial healing period.

6. Risks and Considerations: Like any surgical procedure, labiaplasty of the labia minora carries potential risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in sensation, and dissatisfaction with the results. Discuss these risks with your surgeon during the consultation.

7. Follow-up: You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or questions you may have.

It’s important to choose a board-certified surgeon or gynecologist with experience in performing labiaplasty of the labia minora procedures. During the consultation, make sure to have a detailed discussion with your healthcare provider to ensure that your expectations are realistic and that you fully understand the procedure and recovery process.

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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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