Labiaplasty, or vaginal plastic surgery, is a delicate procedure to alter the vulvovaginal complex, which is made up of the labia majora, labia minora and the vagina. Overly large labia may be due to childbirth, natural aging or genetics. This often causes women to feel self-conscious and even avoid sex, and it can lead to physical discomfort.
This procedure can correct excessive thickness of the labia, ruffled or uneven edging of the skin, asymmetry and more. It may be performed on the labia majora (the larger, outer vaginal lips) or the labia minor (the smaller, inner lips). Dr. Shapiro performs labiaplasty in Scottsdale to reduce the labia so they are more symmetrical.
This procedure may be performed in many ways, and the exact technique will depend on the anatomy of the labia. In most cases, the labia minora will be addressed. Large or protruding labia may be painful or uncomfortable while wearing tight clothing or having sex. It can also make women feel embarrassed or self-conscious in intimate situations.
During surgery, the excess tissue will be reduced by carefully sculpting away the edges, which will then be sutured. This procedure effectively reduces the size of the labia and also removes the thick, darker labia margin to reveal pinker and more delicate tissue.
Patients who have concerns about the size of the labia majora, or outer vaginal lips, may also have them addressed through this procedure. Dr. Shapiro may surgically reduce the size of the labia for improved balance or augment or enlarge wrinkled labia majora.
Labia reduction surgery is performed by Dr. Shapiro, a Scottsdale plastic surgeon, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia or twilight sleep. Surgery typically takes 60 to 90 minutes.
This is a very low-risk procedure with a fast recovery. Stitches will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed during a later follow-up appointment. Most patients find the recovery is much more comfortable than they expect, as the labia heal very quickly. Cold compresses or ice packs may be used to minimize swelling. Bruising and swelling are common and resolve on their own over one to two weeks.
Most patients are able to return to work within 3 to 6 days. Pressure to the labia should be avoided for six weeks, however. Patients will be instructed to avoid wearing tight clothing, using tampons or having sex during this time.
Scars from this surgery are very difficult to notice and the final result will be smaller, more symmetrical labia. This procedure has a very high patient satisfaction rate.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are bothered by the appearance of your labia, or if you want to improve sexual enjoyment that has been reduced due to large labia minora or weakening of the vaginal muscles, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro at his Scottsdale office. This is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Shapiro will answer your questions and conduct a physical examination. He will also discuss the technique that will be used during your surgery, any risks of the procedure and vaginoplasty or labiaplasty cost.