What Is Labiaplasty
While it’s not discussed openly, many women worry about the appearance of their vaginal lips, which may cause them to feel less confident. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can look stretched or have hanging skin due to genetics, natural aging, childbirth, pregnancy, or an injury. Labiaplasty, also known as surgical vaginal rejuvenation, can help women feel more attractive and comfortable by altering the shape and size of the labia by surgically decreasing the size of the labia majora and/or minora. This may diminish irritation and discomfort while increasing sexual pleasure and confidence.
Many labiaplasty procedures can be completed in our office with local anesthetic so you may drive yourself to and from our facility. If your treatment plan is more complex, you may need to be put under general anesthesia for your comfort.
A labiaplasty is most often done with the trim technique that removes excess tissue. Then, the remaining skin is sutured so it is taut.
Also available is the wedge technique that removes a triangular area of skin and excess folds from around the clitoris before stitching the remaining tissue closed.
You will need around one week to heal following your labiaplasty to allow discomfort and swelling to fade away before returning to normal activities. Apply a cold compress or ice pack, if needed, to reduce inflammation.
You should not have any sexual activity or use tampons for at least four to six weeks following your surgery. Patients usually see visible results in around six weeks and final results around six months following the procedure.
The improvements of vaginal rejuvenation are long-lasting; however, natural aging, childbirth, and weight
fluctuations can impact your result.
Like most surgeries, you may experience some numbness in the treated area for a while. This is temporary as your skin and vaginal lips recover. For those concerned about sexual sensitivity, it’s important to realize that a labiaplasty addresses the vaginal lips and will not affect the nerves of the clitoris.
Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments are available, which may help to improve mild to moderate vaginal laxity. However, vaginal rejuvenation is better for dramatic improvements to reshape and tighten your labia. In your initial consultation with Dr. Sweeney, he will discuss your surgical and nonsurgical treatment options and give you suggestions based on your needs and goals.
Surgery for the labia can be beneficial for women who are self-conscious about the size or shape of their labia, which may be enlarged because of childbirth, genetics, or a physical trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities, like sex and exercise. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation can also be beneficial if you avoid wearing certain clothing (like bathing suits, leggings, or yoga pants) because of the appearance of your labia. While labia surgery shouldn’t impact your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Sweeney recommends you wait until you are done childbearing to prevent altering your results.