Vulval Reduction

“Vulval reduction” is a term that may refer to a surgical procedure intended to reduce the size or alter the appearance of the external female genitalia, specifically the vulva. This procedure is often performed for medical or aesthetic reasons and may encompass various aspects of the vulva, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoral hood, and other surrounding structures.

Vulval reduction can involve:

  1. Labia Minora Reduction: This is a common component of vulval reduction procedures. It involves reducing the size and shape of the labia minora (inner lips of the genitalia). Women may opt for this surgery to alleviate discomfort caused by enlarged or asymmetrical labia minora or for aesthetic reasons.
  2. Labia Majora Reduction or Augmentation: The labia majora (outer lips of the genitalia) may also be addressed in vulval reduction procedures. Some individuals may have enlarged labia majora, and surgery can be performed to reduce their size or reshape them. Conversely, augmentation procedures may involve adding volume to the labia majora to enhance their appearance.
  3. Clitoral Hood Reduction (Clitoral Unhooding): Reducing the excess tissue covering the clitoris is another potential component of vulval reduction procedures. This can be done to enhance clitoral sensitivity or address concerns related to appearance.

Vulval reduction procedures are typically performed by plastic surgeons or gynecologists who specialize in genital aesthetic surgery. Individuals who consider vulval reduction should consult with a qualified medical professional to discuss their specific concerns, goals, and the potential risks and benefits associated with the procedure.

It’s essential to have a thorough discussion with a healthcare provider to ensure that the surgery is medically appropriate and to understand the potential implications for sensitivity, sexual function, and overall well-being. Patient safety, informed consent, and individual preferences should always be prioritized in these procedures.

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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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