Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that trims large or asymmetric labia minora. Many women suffer from enlarged, uneven or thick labia minora which may sometimes extend beyond the labia majora. Some women are born with this while others may develop large labia with age or after giving birth. This may cause labial irritation while conducting normal activities or may make it difficult to keep the labial area clean. In addition, it may be a source of pain during sexual intercourse, sports, vigorous activities or even when wearing jeans or certain clothing.
This can be an embarrassing condition to discuss with a doctor or gynecologist, but there is a procedure available to help. Labiaplasty reduces large labia or reshapes uneven labia, improving their appearance and reducing associated discomfort. This relatively simple procedure trims large or uneven labia minora for hygienic, cosmetic or functional reasons as well as for relief of pain and discomfort.
Labiaplasty is usually scheduled in the hospital or surgery center after the patient has had her period. The patient receives anesthesia or IV sedation and then Dr. Taylor trims excess labial tissue and recreates the edges of the labia with a natural-looking shape. Absorbable stitches are used which the body naturally absorbs in time, requiring no suture removal. Antibiotic cream is applied and post-op care involves keeping the area clean and reapplying antibiotic cream to prevent infection. There is relatively little down-time, with most patients experiencing only mild swelling and little to no discomfort. Patients return to work in a few days and may resume sexual activity in six weeks. Complications with labiaplasty are rare, but can include bleeding, infection, poor healing and labial asymmetry.
If you are unhappy or embarrassed with the way your labia look, feel or interfere in your life, labiaplasty may be the procedure for you. Call the office for your free consultation with Dr. Taylor today.