Labiaplasty: The How and Why

The highly personal nature of labiaplasty can make it difficult to discuss. The stigma or taboo that still surrounds this procedure may prevent women from getting the information they need. I want to start a discussion about labiaplasty, as it has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of many women.

What is labiaplasty?

It is not uncommon for labia to become stretched or enlarged. Many women develop this condition and suffer from embarrassment and physical discomfort. Wearing tight clothing can cause chafing, riding a horse or bicycle can be painful, and intimacy can become anxiety-inducing. Now, women have the option to surgically correct these problems. Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure I perform in Phoenix to reduce enlarged labia for improved comfort and quality of life.

How is labiaplasty performed?

There are several ways to perform labiaplasty. I prefer a technique that preserves sensation and minimizes scarring. Using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia (depending on patient preference), I perform a modified wedge resection technique. This procedure removes a wedge of excess tissue from the middle of the labia. Essentially, it’s a very delicate sculpting of the labia skin and surrounding tissue.

The procedure is performed at my surgery center and often takes only a little more than an hour. Patients are usually back to their normal routine in about a week. However, it will be several weeks before sexual activity and strenuous exercise can resume.

Choosing a skilled surgeon for your labiaplasty is absolutely essential. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with considerable medical education, training and experience, I am able to achieve attractive results in this highly sensitive area. Be sure to ask your surgeon about his or her experience with the labiaplasty procedure.

What are the benefits of labiplasty?

Taking action to address enlarged labia takes courage, but most women tell me that they only wish they’d had their labiaplasty sooner. The benefits are clear: increased comfort and the confidence that comes from an aesthetically-pleasing labia.

If you’ve had this surgery or are considering it, I encourage you to post and add to the conversation.

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