What is labiaplasty?

Extra Skin Removal On Vagina Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the modification of labia minora and labia majora, which are also called inner and outer lips. In short, labiaplasty is the extra skin removal on the vagina. Most of the time, we perform the labiaplasty on the labia minora (inner lips) to create a better appearance. This appearance can change, as you requested. The labiaplasty aims to decrease the inner lips’ size to make it even with the outer lips. Depending on your particular situation, this procedure includes using various operational techniques. You will work with our qualified plastic surgeons to decide your surgical goals.

Why people prefer labiaplasty?

Although there is not a standard labia size, you may be embarrassed with your labia size. If you think that your labia is too long and affects your daily and sexual life, lowers your self-confidence, you may opt for labiaplasty. If you experience any pain, itching, irritation during activities or sex, you may prefer labiaplasty as well. Labiaplasty will help you if you want to correct the asymmetry of your labia. Your inner labia may be longer than your outer labia, or your outer labia may be longer than your inner labia. In that case, you should prefer labiaplasty. 

Labiaplasty procedures

At first, only a single procedure was available for labiaplasty, and it was trendy. Today, several techniques become accessible with the change of time and technology. Two of the labiaplasty procedures are as follows:

Trim Procedure

It is the most natural and original procedure. Our surgeons use this procedure most of the time. We remove the unwanted skin of the inner lips and suture it to make it symmetrical with the outer lips. It is faster than wedge labiaplasty. It removes extra skin from the clitoral hood and the edge of inner lips, which is most prone to darkening. However, it can be performed on the inner lips only.

Wedge Procedure

Our surgeons remove a partial thickness wedge from the thickest part of the inner lips. Only removing a partial thickness, we leave the submucosa untouched. As we preserve the wrinkled edges, the vagina looks more natural after the surgery. In this procedure, more skins can be removed than trim labiaplasty. Skins can be removed from both inner lips and outer lips. Scars are more concealed, and the results are more natural. However, it requires more healing time than trim technique labiaplasty. Our doctors will choose the procedure according to your preferences.

There are many techniques to reduce the extra skin on the vagina, and these have their cons and pros. To ensure the best outcomes in accordance with your preference, contact our clinic. We have the best qualified plastic surgeons who specialize in labiaplasty procedures.

perform labiaplasty using either local anesthetic with sedation or general anesthetic. We prefer general anesthesia for longer surgeries to put the patient into a deep sleep. Local anesthesia is our option when labiaplasty includes the reshaping or shortening of the skins on the vagina. Surgeons cut undesired tissue with a laser or a scalpel. Usually, it takes 1 to 2 hours to complete labiaplasty. Most of our patients do not need to stay overnight after the operation. However, depending on your recovery from anesthesia, our surgeons decide whether you will stay overnight or not.

Before Labiaplasty

You can consult one of our labiaplasty surgeons in person or by a video call. This consultation helps you learn about extra skin removal on the vagina from one of our expert surgeons. It is essential for you to be honest with your surgeon. You can ask questions about labiaplasty during the consultation. Our surgeons determine the best option for you to achieve the best results. Our surgeon will ask you questions about your health and expectations for surgery during the consultation and decide whether you are the right candidate for labiaplasty. 

During a consultation, your surgeons will ask questions regarding any of your medical issues, your allergies, any alcohol, nicotine, or drug use, your current medications, any previous surgery on your crotch. Then, they will examine your labia to decide which method is best for you. After they examine you, they will give you their plan for surgery if you wish to proceed. We will show you before and after images of labiaplasty. Those who have realistic expectations get better results.

These images will help you what to expect from labiaplasty.  We will give you a copy of the guidelines for labiaplasty.  You must not take any blood thinners for at least two weeks before labiaplasty operation. Do not take any herbal supplements, vitamin C, and vitamin E for four weeks prior to the procedure. Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before the surgery time and make sure to get a good sleep.

After Labiaplasty

After the surgery, you may feel swelling and pain when the anesthesia wears off. Because labiaplasty involves trimming and removing the extra skin from the vagina, swelling, soreness, and bruising is totally normal. However, you do not need to be scared because these are surgery’s temporary results. There will not be any sutures to be removed as we use dissolving stitches.

During Recovery

You can apply ice to the area after the anesthetic wears off. We will prescribe medications for you to reduce the pain and inflammation. Generally, swelling subsides after the first week. Itching is very common after labiaplasty. You can take a week off if you can. We recommend wearing loose clothing after surgery to avoid friction and any excess pain. It would be best if you also avoided exercise like running and bicycling as they can increase the pain due to friction.

You must abstain from sex and using a tampon for at least six weeks. may use sanitary towels instead of tampons.  can start wearing tampon after six weeks. You will be able to work after the first week, but you should avoid strenuous activities until the sixth week of the recovery. Keeping the area clean is essential to minimize the infection. You can contact us if you have additional questions about labiaplasty.