Kai Morimoto, MD Plastic Surgeon in Spokane Valley, WA
What Is Labiaplasty?
A woman may choose to undergo a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons or to treat functional impairment. Labiaplasty is a procedure done to improve the appearance of the labia by removing a portion of the labia minora.
Many patients do not like when their inner labia (minora) hang beyond the borders of the outer labia (majora).
What Is The Procedure Like?
Labiaplasty is an out-patient procedure used to sculpt the labia, which is the skin surrounding the vaginal opening. In order to safely reduce the size of the labia minora, the tissue is removed in a vertical wedge which will result in a small, nearly invisible scar. Absorbable sutures are used to close the wound. Surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia and will take up to 30 minutes to perform.
What Is Recovery Like?
Recovery from labiaplasty surgery typically follows about four to five days of rest with two to three weeks off from the gym or other physical activities. There may be significant swelling post surgery due to the thin skin of the labia. This will decrease after about two weeks.
Dr. Morimoto will ask you to avoid tight fitting clothing during the recovery phase. Sexual intercourse and the use of tampons should be avoided for several weeks following the procedure.
Complications following labiaplasty are rare but can occur. Carefully following Dr. Morimoto’s post-operative instructions will help reduce the risk of complications.
Reasons To Consider Labiaplasty
- Decreased sexual confidence
- Overly large, asymmetric labia minora which cause embarrassment with intimacy
- Pain or discomfort during intercourse or while wearing tight fitting clothing
- Darkening of the labia minora, producing an aged and unattractive appearance
- Painful rubbing with running, biking, horseback riding
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