Many women are bothered by the appearance enlarged labia minora, the term for the inner genital lips. They may appear to be large, thick, or uneven, and can even extend in size beyond the labia majora, the outer genital lips. This condition is not only unsightly, but may also cause labial irritation when performing routine activities. Others may find it hard to keep the area clean, and sexual intercourse can be painful due to the irregular contour of their labia.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce or reshape the labia, improving its appearance and eliminating irritation. This is performed by trimming the excess tissue and recontouring the labial edges, improving color and shape, and keeping them as natural-looking as possible. The improved look of the vulva and the vagina can help a woman regain self-confidence.
Women whose labia have been significantly damaged from giving birth can greatly benefit from the procedure. The procedure is also for women who experience discomfort due to a large labia.
How is a Labiaplasty Performed?
A labiaplasty usually takes from one to two hours. The procedure is performed by cutting away unwanted tissue in the area using a scalpel, or in some cases, a laser. The loose edges are then stitched up with fine sutures to create the desired contour.
Only if necessary is a labiaplasty allowed to be performed on women younger than 18 since the labia continue to develop even beyond puberty and into early adulthood. Early surgical changes may hinder these growth changes.
Potential Risks and Side Effects of Labiaplasty
A labiaplasty, as with any other surgical procedure, may involve certain short-term risks such as infection, bleeding, and tissue scarring. Once the procedure is done, there is also a possibility that the patient will experience discomfort during sexual intercourse or reduced sensitivity in the area, as the labial tissues contain many nerve endings.