Labiaplasty, also called labia rejuvenation or labial reduction, is a surgical procedure to restore or enhance the female genitalia in women of all ages. This can involve the labia majora (the hair bearing outer folds found on either side of the vagina), the labia minora (the inner folds found on either side of the vagina), the clitoral hood, and/or the mons pubis.
Labia Minora/Majora Reduction:
The labia can be naturally large or they can become enlarged or stretched from childbirth, sexual intercourse, hormones, or age. Many women seeking this surgery are athletes who complain of rubbing or irritation while running or cycling. Other women do not like the appearance of the labia minora hanging beyond the labia majora or asymmetry between the labia minora. Women who feel their labia are uncomfortable or unsightly may consider a labial reduction.
Clitoral Hood Reduction:
Some women may have excess skin along the top of the clitoris which may be trimmed to decrease bulkiness in that area.
Mons Pubis / Labial Fat Grafting:
As part of the aging process, women lose fatty tissue in the pubic area, including both the mons pubis and labia majora. With the popularity of shaving, waxing, and laser hair removal, the pubic area is exposed, making this unwanted wrinkling and skin laxity more visible. Many women also find this to be a functional problem, as sexual intercourse can become painful with the loss of the natural padding.
Fat grafting involves removing fat cells from other areas of the body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs or lower back and injecting them into the mons pubis or labia majora to restore a more youthful appearance.
As a female, Dr. Sato understands the unique issues and considerations involving this rather intimate procedure. Using a woman’s perspective, she will help you achieve your desired results for both appearance and comfort.
Who is a good candidate for a labiaplasty?
You may be a candidate for a labiaplasty if you are in good health and fully developed. A medical exam and a review of your medical history will help Dr. Sato determine if a labiaplasty is the right option for you. It is not uncommon for teens to desire this surgery as puberty can cause overgrowth of the labia minora. Labiaplasty can safely be carried out on a teen patient with the consent of one or both of their parents or legal guardian.
What happens during a labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure done either awake under local anesthesia in our in office procedure room or under local anesthetic and IV sedation or general anesthesia in our in-office operating room or ambulatory surgery center. The surgery generally takes 1-1.5 hours, although every case is different.
Given the number of different surgeries available and the individual needs of each patient, a detailed description of the procedure is best given during pre-operative consultation.
What can I expect while recovering from a labiaplasty?
Most women do experience some discomfort, including swelling, tenderness, and bruising, after having a labiaplasty. These should ease after a few days but you may still feel uncomfortable for a few weeks until the labia are fully healed. Most women can resume work and non-strenuous activities a few days to a week after the procedure.
Post-operative instructions include avoiding exercise for 1-2 weeks and sexual intercourse and tampons for 4-6 weeks (until incisions are fully healed).
Are you interested in a labiaplasty in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.