Labiaplasty is an aesthetic genital plastic surgery that modifies the size or shape of a woman’s vaginal lips to improve appearance or reduce discomfort. At Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island in Roslyn, New York, Sotirios Papafragkou, MD, FACS, Susie Rhee, MD, and their team specialize in labiaplasty. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to find out more about this surgical procedure and how it can help you.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the size or shape of the labia, or vaginal lips. The labia are the exterior lips around the opening of the vagina, this includes:
The labia majora are the fleshy outer vaginal lips that protect the external parts of your genitalia.
The labia minora are the smaller inner vaginal lips that surround the opening of the vagina and urethra.
Like the rest of your body, the size and shape of your labia are unique to you.
There are many reasons why women decide to have labiaplasty, including medical and cosmetic:
Some women have long inner vaginal lips that hang outside the outer vaginal lips. This excess tissue may cause discomfort during exercise or intercourse. It may also harbor bacteria, increasing risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Some women choose to have labiaplasty to improve the size, shape, or appearance of the labia. You may choose to have labiaplasty if your vaginal lips are uneven.
Pregnancy and aging may also stretch the labial tissue, change the shape and size. You may choose to have the procedure to restore a more youthful look.
Though your reasons for wanting labiaplasty are personal, the team at Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island only recommends going ahead with this procedure if you’re in good overall health and have no future pregnancy plans.
The birthing process may alter the results of your surgery.
Labiaplasty is a minor procedure that takes one to two hours. The Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island team administers anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation to block pain, ease anxiety, and reduce bleeding.
Your plastic surgeon uses scissors, a scalpel, or a laser tool to remove the excess labial tissue and reshape the folds to create the desired look. Then, they close the incisions with absorbable stitches and apply an antibiotic cream.
You can expect some pain and swelling following your labiaplasty, but most women return to work within two to four days. You can resume vaginal intercourse and use of tampons about six weeks after surgery.
Though you should notice improvements in your labia soon after surgery, it takes up to six months for the tissue to completely heal and for you to see the final results.
To find out more about labiaplasty, call Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island or schedule a consultation online today.