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What Is a Labiaplasty?
Enlarged inner genital lips (labia minora) can be functionally or emotionally bothersome for some women. Enlarged labia can occur for a number of reasons: age, childbirth, hormones, sexual intercourse, or genetics. This problem can cause local irritation, which can interfere with sexual intercourse and cause discomfort during other activities such as cycling, walking, or sitting.
Labiaplasty surgically reshapes or reduces the external appearance of the vagina. The purpose of labiaplasty surgery is to enhance a woman’s vaginal appearance and/or sexual gratification.
Benefits of a Labiaplasty
A labiaplasty reduces the appearance of large inner genital lips and can also do the following:
- Improve your vaginal appearance.
- Enhance sexual gratification.
- Alleviate discomfort from daily activities.
Preparing for a Labiaplasty
You should be a non-smoker or willing to quit in the weeks leading up to your labiaplasty. Furthermore, you should not have an active gynecological disease or condition that would interfere with the healing of wounds. You should have realistic expectations on the outcome of the labiaplasty.
How Is a Labiaplasty Performed?
The main purpose of labiaplasty is to further augment the inner labia. The procedure, which generally serves to reduce or reshape the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening, will allow the physician to reshape the opening to the urethra can be reshaped, and if necessary, make enhancements to the vaginal area.
The procedure generally takes about one to two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. The surgery can be performed one of two ways – either by reducing excess tissue along the edges of the labia or by cutting a “V” shaped wedge of tissue from under the labia and then sewing the edges back together. This particular method leaves the front of the labia unchanged, making surgery less noticeable.
Many patients who undergo labiaplasty can go home the same day and may require minimal packing, although some women choose to wear a sanitary pad for hygienic reasons. You should refrain from wearing tampons or having sexual intercourse for at least four weeks to allow the vagina proper time to heal and refrain from wearing any tight-fitting undergarments (thongs, G-strings) during this same time frame.