A labiaplasty is a fairly simple procedure in which the surgeon reduces the size of your labia by removing excess tissue so that it doesn’t hang below your labia majora. Depending upon your situation, he may trim away the excess tissue or remove a wedge-shaped piece of tissue to tighten your labia minora.
The doctors of Prime Plastic Surgery can perform this procedure using local anesthesia or general anesthesia, which is a decision that you can make with the doctor beforehand.
If you’re experiencing discomfort because of an oversized labia that twists or gets caught in your garments, a labia reduction may be just the solution you’re looking for. At Prime Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeons offer labiaplasty procedures to women in the San Diego area, helping them to overcome the effects of an ungainly labia. For more information, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
Your external genitalia is comprised of two sections of tissue that are designed to protect your reproductive and urinary systems: your labia majora and labia minora. Also called vaginal “lips,” these two sets of tissue provide a barrier that surrounds your vagina, your urinary orifice, and your clitoris.
When your labia minora has too much tissue, however, there are several problems that can arise, including:
- Twisting and tugging while riding a bicycle or wearing tight sports clothing
- Tissue that escapes your clothing, namely your swimsuit or underwear
- A visible “mound” in your clothes
- Difficulty with hygiene
- Irritation and itching
In many cases, pregnancy and the surge in hormones can cause the tissue of your labia minora to expand. In other cases, you may have a naturally larger labia. Whatever the case, a labiaplasty may help.
During the procedure, the inner lips of the vulva are made to look symmetrical (reduced). Many of our patients come in complaining of pain during exercise, horse back riding, cycling and/or intercourse so this procedure will assist with those symptoms. Other patients come in for the aesthetic correction and improving their self-image. Reduction of the labia minora is performed under local or general anesthesia with care taken to obtain as natural a result as possible. Care is taken to avoid over-resection of the labia and to avoid interference with the clitoris or urethral opening. This judicious reduction of the labia minora may serve to improve the physical comfort and sexuality of the patient. Scars are minimal and normally only visible to the trained eye. Sensitivity is normally not interfered with: psychological and relational components of dysfunctional vaginal experience can neither be caused, nor treated by surgery.This procedure can be called Labiaplasty, Labioplasty, Labial Reduction Surgery, Labia Reduction Surgery, or Vulvar Surgery.
Our doctors perform the labia reduction on an outpatient basis, which means you’re free to return home afterward. Our his staff ensure that you have complete aftercare instructions that will help your recovery go as smoothly as possible.
When you get home, you should count on taking it easy for the first week and avoid any activities that may aggravate the surgical site. While the surgery is relatively minor, it’s still surgery, so you should keep the area clean, according to the aftercare instructions, and ice it frequently to help with any postoperative pain or swelling.
In 4-6 weeks after your procedure, we will let you know if you may resume sexual intercourse and wear tampons. Within 6-8 weeks, your labia should be fully healed and any residual swelling should be gone. Each patient’s recovery is different and our staff will help you through the recovery process.
If you’d like to explore how a labia reduction can improve your quality of life, call Prime Plastic Surgery, or use the online scheduling tool to request a consultation.
Post-Op Care Instructions
LabiaplastyPost-Op Care Instructions
Sleeping on a supine position (flat on your back) for 1 week.
Keep a pillow under buttocks to reduce swelling.
3 days of complete bed rest. Shuffle to and from the restroom when needed.
Use baby wipes unscented pat the area clean for personal Hygiene and after using the restroom (please do not wipe)
No driving for 3 days post surgery or until off narcotic pain medication completely.
Please apply ice on the area for 3 days after your surgery to help minimize your swelling and bruising. Use a thin pad before icing the area, never apply ice directly to the skin, incision site.
Please take the medications as directed. Antibiotic medication is for 3 days, pain, and nausea medication is taken as needed. Never on an empty stomach and always space out the medications.
Diflucan medication is to help prevent or treat a yeast infection. Sometimes after taking antibiotics patient may get a yeast infection. Please take the diflucan medication if needed.
If you develop a rash or think you are having an allergic reaction to the medication please call our office immediately. Sometimes Benadryl will help.
Constipation is very common due to the pain medication and anesthesia, please use Colace over the counter or any laxative that has worked with you in the past. You may start taking something to help prevent constipation 2-3 days post surgery.
You may start to shower 3 days post surgery. Please note that you will have some dry blood. When you shower, the water may seem tinted. In the shower you may use mild soap; please keep the area clean and dry at all times.
No ocean water or pool water for 6 weeks post surgery or until the incisions is fully healed.
No tanning or sun exposure to the incision until your incisions has healed completely.
Please do not put scar creams or ointments on the incision immediately after surgery, you may irritate the area or cause an allergic reaction.
Itching is normal the first few weeks post surgery.
You may expect the area to be swollen for a few weeks. This is why it will also take time to see the final results for your surgery.
Its recommended that you don’t look at the area for the first 6 weeks post surgery; there will be a lot of swelling, areas will look irregular and bumpy. This is all normal in the healing process.
No strenuous activity, such as sports, running, dancing, etc for at least 6-8 weeks post surgery.
No tampons for 6 weeks.
No sexual activity for 6 weeks.
If there is redness on the incision line or it feels tender, please call our office.
Incision lines and final results may take up to about a year.
Please come in for your follow ups and if you are coming from out of town, please send us photos closer to 6-8 weeks post surgery.
Please call us with any concerns Mon-Friday 8:30am-5:30 pm at 619- 466-8851.
We hope to have made your experience unique and easy transition.