Plastic surgery of the labia majora and/or the labia minor is called labiaplasty. The labia majora and labia minora are the external folds of skin that surround the structures of the vulva. Patients have varying reasons for requesting the removal of excess tissue of the labia.
Goals for the procedure
If the labia becomes enlarged and/or elongated, some women can experience a great deal of discomfort when wearing certain clothing or performing certain activities. Some also experience occasional hygiene issues. Other women are simply not pleased by the aesthetics of their genitalia. Labiaplasty is a fairly simple surgery that can permanently correct these issues.
The goals of the labiaplasty procedure are to eliminate functional problems that cause pain and discomfort, while at the same time creating labia that are aesthetically appealing. The surgery has also been shown to have psychological benefits for many patients who were previously self-conscious about the appearance of their genitalia.
Patients with gynecological disease are not good candidates to have labiaplasty surgery. And as with any type of surgery, we strongly suggest that patients stop smoking at least 6 weeks in advance of the procedure. Patients who smoke increase their risk for poor healing, and increase the chance that their incision may rupture along the surgical sutures.
Labiaplasty surgery can be successfully performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. Most of these procedures are performed at the Edina Plastic Surgery accredited in-house surgery center.
Possible risk factors
As with any surgical procedure, labiaplasty has the potential risk for bleeding or infection. It is important that patients avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 days prior to surgery.
There is not a great deal of pain associated with this type of surgery but some patients may experience some post-op scar pain. Patients are urged to avoid intercourse for 6-8 weeks post-procedure.