Often women are unhappy with the size, shape or tightness of their labia (the inner and outer folds of the vulva at either side of the vagina). A surgical procedure called a labiaplasty, can be performed to reduce, reshape or repair the labia.
When to Consider Labiaplasty
- If you are unhappy or embarrassed with the appearance of your labia
- If your labia was malformed/enlarged from birth
- If you feel low self-esteem that impacts relationships
- If you experience discomfort or irritation with exercise or sexual intercourse
- If you experience discomfort from tight fitting clothes
- If you are in good health and have realistic expectations
At The Graivier Center, we value our personal relationships with our patients. Each patient is treated as an individual, and as such, is given a personal consultation prior to any treatment. Dr. Graivier and his staff will meet with you to help you make decisions regarding which procedure(s) or treatment(s) will result in achieving your aesthetic goals. The consultation will conclude with a discussion about the desired treatment, your expectations, the benefits and risks associated with the treatment and post-treatment recovery.
Labiaplasty will reduce the size or change the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina. The labiaplasty surgery is done with a laser, which acts similar to a scalpel, but it provides precise results with minimal bleeding.
Extra tissue will be removed.
There are three areas of concern when treating the external genital area:
- Labia Minora Surgery – modifies the length, shape and projection of the labia
- Labia Majora Surgery – restores volume to flattened or sagging areas adjacent to the labia
- Pubic Mound Surgery – may be needed if the pubic area is overly full, prominent or sagging
Dr. Graivier will discuss all of these options with you, and he will determine your individual needs and the best technique to use.
Labiaplasty surgery takes approximately one hour and is done on an outpatient basis.
Following your labiaplasty surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising.
Patients should plan to use a feminine pad for any discharge. The stitches will dissolve and the incision will heal in one to two weeks.
Most patients return to work in three to five days. Sexual intercourse may be resumed after three to four weeks.
You will be given specific instructions from The Graivier Center that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains, if applicable
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid in healing and the progression of your recovery
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- Post-op follow-up appointment information