It’s ok if you aren’t familiar with the term labiaplasty. The procedure is relatively new to the plastic surgery community, and in some circles it is still an eyebrow raiser. Labiaplasty, or labial rejuvenation, is the surgical reduction of the labia minora (the inner vaginal lips). You may find the notion a little risqué, but it is actually becoming an increasingly popular procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported a 30 percent increase in labiaplasties since 2006.
Why Would I Need Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty can be performed for cosmetic and functional reasons. Some women feel that their labia are too large, and it makes them self-conscious about their bodies. More commonly, labiaplasty is performed on women whose too large labia create pain and discomfort. Large labia can be natural or a result of the sagging of labial tissue after childbirth. A disproportionately sized labia can cause discomfort (both physical and emotional) during sexual intercourse as well as pain or irritation during physical activities.
What Does Labiaplasty Involve?
Labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure and involves the removal of excess labial tissue. One of two methods can be utilized during your procedure depending on your desired aesthetic results.
The trim method removes the outer edge of the labia to reduce its size. Some women prefer this method because it removes the discolored outer edge of the labia and leaves a pinker edge in its place.
The wedge method is used to preserve the natural appearance of the labia. A V-shaped wedge of skin is removed from each labia. The skin is then pulled together and stitched closed. This helps minimize the size of the labia but still preserves the natural look of the tissue.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi today to discuss whether labiaplasty is right for you. Contact our office by calling 703-287-8277, or fill out our online contact form here for more information.