The way your genitalia
looks is the most private and personal factor that affects your sexuality,
femininity, and confidence. An asymmetrical, irregular, or large labia can
develop naturally or through childbirth, sex, hormones, or age.
For most women, their
labia minora are only visible when their legs are not together. Yet in women
with large labia minora, it can be seen when the legs are together or when
wearing form-fitting clothing. This can cause discomfort, self-consciousness,
embarrassment, and even relationship distance. This can also be uncomfortable
while riding a bike or engaging in sex.
Many people with large
or asymmetric labia elect to have labiaplasty so that their labia minora can
appear symmetric, defined, and smaller. Labia majora refers to the outside
genital lips, and labia minora refers to the inner lips.
Laser Reduction Labiaplasty - This procedure usually done with local
aesthesia and can take 1–2 hours. There are patients who prefer IV sedation or
general anesthesia. This is an outpatient procedure, so you will not spend the
night at the hospital.
Techniques such as
extracting a triangular-shaped portion of tissue, removing a part of the top
layer of the labia (with the tissue beneath remaining intact), and cutting
extra tissue are all techniques used in the reduction of the labia minora. The
method used depends on the experience, results, and training your surgeon has
A pad similar to those
worn during the menstrual cycle is worn by the patient post–surgery for
protection and padding and to catch any leakage that may occur. While most
patients go back to work within 5 days, there will be discomfort (mainly
itching) and swelling for about 2 weeks, and the sutures used dissolve on their
own. The patient should refrain from any activity that is strenuous for at
least 3 week. Douches, tampons, and sex should be avoided for 6 weeks for
proper healing to occur.
develop, but it can include sensation and pigmentation changes, scarring,
infection, wound separation, and asymmetry. Most women are ecstatic with the
labiaplasty results. They report being more active sexually, more comfortable,
and more confident.