A minimally invasive labiaplasty procedure can improve your sexual health and well-being. With her expertise in modern approaches to labiaplasty techniques, dermatologist Monique Wilson, MD, and her team at Kaila Dermatology & Laser Center in Los Gatos, California, can help you get a boost in confidence. Book your labiaplasty consultation at the office or schedule an appointment online.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves modifying the lips around your vagina. In many cases, women want a labiaplasty to enhance the appearance of their delicate area after childbirth. Other times, you’re just born with larger labia skin that may make you feel uncomfortable.
A labiaplasty isn’t always about aesthetic improvements. For some women, labia skin becomes so long or irregularly shaped that it twists or tugs. This can lead to pain and irritation while riding a bike or having sexual intercourse.
Your labiaplasty procedure is tailored to you and can involve modifying your labia majora (larger, outer vaginal lips), or your labia minora (smaller, inner vaginal lips) — sometimes both. The goal of your labiaplasty is to reduce the size of your labia, so they don’t hang below your labia majora (the area covered with pubic hair).
Before your labiaplasty surgery, your provider will sit down with you and talk about your goals and what you’d like to achieve. Depending on your specific needs, you may only need local anesthesia and mild sedatives during your labiaplasty, although you could need general anesthesia.
During surgery, your provider away excess labia skin, based on your desired outcome. They may also reduce the size of any extra folds of your clitoral hood. If you need stitches afterward, they’re usually dissolvable. A labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day.
You’re going to experience some soreness and swelling after a labiaplasty. Fortunately, your delicate vaginal tissue is designed to heal quickly, so you should only need about a week off of work. You might need to apply ice packs regularly or sit on a donut cushion for several weeks, as needed.
Dr. Wilson recommends waiting 4-6 weeks before resuming tampon usage or having sexual intercourse. If you only need a minor labia trim, your recovery could be even quicker.
To learn more about labiaplasty surgery, schedule a consultation at Kalia Dermatology & Laser Center or request an appointment online today.