Labiaplasty is a form of vaginal rejuvenation that removes excess vaginal tissue that may be functionally or aesthetically displeasing to patients.
Who is a candidate?
Most patients who seek out labiaplasty are bothered by excess tissue in the vaginal region. Typically, there is the elongation of the labia minora. However, some patients also have excess tissue involving the clitoris or labia majora. The excess tissue can cause functional discomfort when performing certain activities, such as riding a bike or horseback riding. It can also make wearing certain clothing, such as swimsuits or yoga pants, difficult to do, as the excess tissue may be more noticeable in tight clothing. The appearance of the external genitalia can also be distressing for some women, prompting them to undergo surgical correction. Labiaplasty can be performed for women of all ages.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgery. It can be performed under general anesthesia, IV (intravenous) sedation, or local anesthesia. The surgery is relatively quick and lasts approximately 30 minutes. During the procedure, the excess tissue is removed and the incisions closed with absorbable sutures.
For the first 48 hours, elevation and ice are the most important. Patients can clean themselves postoperatively with the use of a peri bottle and can shower 48 hours after surgery. All of the sutures are dissolvable. Intercourse and tampon use should be avoided for 6 weeks. Most patients can have the surgery on a Friday and feel comfortable returning to work on Monday.
Swelling and bruising are quite common after labiaplasty. Once the incisions have healed, however, the scars are well concealed and not very noticeable.