Unilateral Labiaplasty

Unilateral labiaplasty refers to a surgical procedure that focuses on one side of the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva) rather than both sides. This procedure is typically performed when there is an asymmetry or size discrepancy between the two labia minora, and the patient wishes to address the issue on one side only.

Here are some key points about unilateral labiaplasty:

1. Indications:

  • Unilateral labiaplasty is performed when one labia minora is noticeably larger or more asymmetric than the other, causing physical discomfort, self-consciousness, or irritation during activities such as wearing tight clothing or engaging in sexual intercourse.

2. Consultation:

  • A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty is the first step. During this consultation, you can discuss your goals, concerns, and reasons for seeking unilateral labiaplasty.
  • The surgeon will assess your labial anatomy and provide recommendations based on your specific case.

3. Surgical Procedure:

  • The surgical procedure for unilateral labiaplasty is similar to that of traditional labiaplasty but focuses on one side. The surgeon will carefully excise excess tissue from the larger or more prominent labium, reshape it, and suture the incision to achieve a more symmetrical appearance.
  • The goal is to create a balanced and aesthetically pleasing result while maintaining or improving the natural contours of the labia.

4. Anesthesia:

  • Unilateral 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:

  • Recovery after unilateral labiaplasty typically involves 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. Results:

  • The full results of unilateral labiaplasty may take some time to become noticeable as swelling decreases and the tissues heal. The goal is to achieve improved labial aesthetics with a more symmetrical appearance on the treated side.

7. Risks and Benefits:

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

It’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty, whether it is unilateral or bilateral. Have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about your goals and expectations to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what can be achieved through the procedure.

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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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