Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove and/or reposition excess tissue affecting the labia minora (sometimes referred to as the inner vaginal “lips”). It is not uncommon among women for the labial tissues to become enlarged or elongated over time. Many who suffer from labial enlargement do not seek treatment, often because they are embarrassed due to the subject matter or afraid of a potentially uncomfortable procedure. Thankfully, modern plastic surgery offers a statistically safe and successful remedy: labiaplasty. Also known as labial reduction or rejuvenation, this surgery can restore the labia minora to a more comfortable size, greatly relieving physical and emotional discomfort.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon in Waldorf is aware of the sensitivity of this procedure and approaches each patient with compassion and care, creating a comforting environment based on doctor-patient trust.
While labiaplasty is sometimes confused with vaginal rejuvenation, there is a key distinction between the two. “Vaginal rejuvenation” is an umbrella term for procedures – both surgical and otherwise – for tightening, contouring, or otherwise altering the vagina itself. Labiaplasty is specific to the labial tissue, which can become enlarged due to the effects of childbirth, hormonal changes, aging, or other factors. The benefits of labiaplasty can include:
In a labiaplasty procedure, incisions are made to reposition, remove, and tighten any excess skin and tissue. These incisions are typically made with dissolvable sutures. The surgery, which rarely lasts longer than an hour, is often performed as an outpatient procedure.
As mentioned above, some avoid labiaplasty because they think it sounds uncomfortable. On the contrary, labiaplasty is not considered especially painful, and is typically performed using either a local anesthetic, light anesthesia, or a combination of both. During your initial consultation, our doctor will evaluate your needs and review your medical history to determine the most ideal treatment plan.
The sutures required for labiaplasty usually dissolve on their own within a month. Patients often experience mild-to-moderate swelling and soreness for the first few days after surgery, both of which can be mitigated with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications in many cases. Our plastic surgeon will likely advise you to avoid strenuous exercise and to refrain from sexual intercourse for at least a few weeks. Because patients can experience healing at varying durations, we can personalize your aftercare instructions as per your needs and conditions. Most patients are able to resume many of their normal daily routines about one week after the procedure.