Labial Reduction (Labiaplasty)
Some women are unhappy with the size and/or symmetry of their vaginal lips (labia minora). Labiaplasty, a reduction or reshaping of the labia minora is a surgery that is becoming more popular as many women realize there is a solution to concerns, they may have in this area. This procedure is for many women more than just cosmetic; it can change and improve a woman’s quality of life.
What is a labial reduction surgery?
Labiaplasty, also known as labia minora reduction or shaping, is a cosmetic genital rejuvenation procedure that reduces excess skin and soft tissue of the labia minora and/or majora.
Who is a good candidate for a labial reduction surgery?
Most women are typically sensitive and may find it quite discomforting to seek vaginal cosmetic procedures. You may be a candidate for a labial reduction surgery if you live with discomfort, embarrassment or if you are self-conscious in your relationships due to labial asymmetry, protuberance, or excessive show. Some women may experience hygiene problems and even discomfort when wearing tight clothing or swimwear. There is no specific chronological age to have this surgery. Patients that undergo this surgery find the results to display an increase in confidence, self-esteem, and comfort. During your consultation, you and Dr. Motakis will discuss your individual concerns and expectations and he will provide the best treatment options to meet your goals.
Labiaplasty generally takes between 1 and 1.5 hours and is done as an outpatient procedure at our Avenue Road fully accredited on-site surgical facility. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under a general anesthetic. During your Labial procedure, Dr. Motakis carefully trims and removes the excess skin and tissue of the labia.
The incisions will be hidden and closed with dissolvable sutures. Labiaplasty is performed under general anesthesia.
What is the recovery period after a labial reduction surgery?
You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from surgery. On average, it takes 1-2 weeks for the incisions to heal. However, the slight residual swelling in the area will continue to improve past that point, over a few more weeks or months. Patients should avoid any sexual activity for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Initially, you should expect a few days of swelling and bruising with discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics such as Tylenol. You will likely be able to resume light activities 48-72 hours after your surgery. However, it is recommended any physical activity such as exercise only be resumed only after 2 weeks. You will likely need 3-5 days off from work.
What are the risk factors of a labial reduction surgery?
Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, bleeding, infection, changes in sensation and reaction to anesthesia, are among the risks of labiaplasty surgery, although these are extremely rare.
Are there any alternatives to labial reduction surgery?
Currently, no good alternatives exist for labial reduction.
Can labial reduction surgery be combined with other procedures?
Many of Dr. Motakis’ patients combine their labial reduction procedure with other cosmetic procedures offered at the clinic. These procedures frequently include breast augmentation, tummy tuck, as well as liposuction, among others.