Women with a poor labial appearance caused by unsatisfactory size, shape, or color can often find it a source of anxiety, especially during intimate situations. Women with labial hypertrophy, or enlarged labia minora, can also experience discomfort or pain during physical activities and intimate contact. Enlarged labia can occur naturally in some women, while others experience labial distension following childbirth or as the age. To improve their confidence and comfort, women often choose labiaplasty to safely correct the appearance of the labia minora.
Women considering labiaplasty should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. While there is no “normal” standard by which to judge proper labial appearance, women seeking labiaplasty often experience physical and/or emotional discomfort due to their labial size. If you are considering labiaplasty, you may identify with one or more of the following:
- Labia minora that are visible even when your legs are together
- Noticeable labial profile in tight-fitting clothing
- Discomfort during intercourse
- Irritation during exercise
- Trouble maintaining proper hygiene
Labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, usually with a local anesthetic. However, some patients may require a general anesthetic. During your labiaplasty, excess labial tissue is removed and the shape of the labia minora is improved. There are multiple labiaplasty techniques available to achieve the aesthetic you desire.
The trim method is usually chosen by women who desire a more youthful labial appearance because it results in a pink-colored labial edge. The trim technique removes excess tissue from the outer edge of each labia minora to reduce its size. This technique targets the darker-colored portion of the tissue, leaving a youthful, pink appearance.
The wedge method is typically chosen by women who wish to maintain their natural labial edge. A V-shaped wedge of tissue is excised from each labial fold. The remaining tissue is pulled together and stitched closed. The wedge technique leaves the outer labia edge intact, preserving the natural coloring.
Patients who have lost the sensual fullness of their labia majora (outer lips) due to aging or weight loss may consider fat transfer to restore a more youthful appearance. Fat transfer takes belly or thigh fat and adds it to the labia majora for an improved appearance.
Patients experience swelling and numbness of the vulva for approximately two weeks following the procedure. You shouldn’t lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous physical activities for a week following your procedure. Avoid swimming or staying submerged in water for the first six weeks of your recovery. Most patients can resume sexual contact after six weeks.
Choosing the trim method may result in some visible scarring along the edge of the labia. This scarring is likely to fade over time. Barring any additional pregnancies or trauma to the labia, your results should be long lasting.
If you lack the labial appearance you desire due to genetics or aging, schedule your labiaplasty consultation today. Contact our office at (310) 205-3107 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.