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.
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.
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.
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.
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 technique used in the reduction of the labia
minora. The method used depends on the experience, results, and training your
surgeon has had.
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 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.
rarely 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.