Labiaplasty has become an increasingly common procedure and is performed on women of all ages, and it should no longer be considered out of the ordinary. Also known as labia reduction, labia rejuvenation, or vaginal lip reduction, this is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the external female genitalia. Common complaints of women seeking labiaplasty include:
- Non-pleasing aesthetic appearance
- Hygiene problems
- Chronic irritation
- Painful intercourse
- Trouble with tight clothing
The goal is to obtain a more aesthetic appearance of the genitalia without adding unsightly scars or distorting normal anatomy. It entails removing a small amount of excess skin and tissue to achieve a smoother more even contour.
Labiaplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia with or without IV sedation depending on the patient’s tolerance for discomfort. Absorbable sutures are used which dissolve over 7 to 10 days. Post-operative discomfort is easily managed with oral pain medications. Downtime is minimal. Most patients can return to normal activity within five days and return to sexual activity within a few weeks. Labiaplasty can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or non-surgical options including BOTOX® Cosmetic.