Labiaplasty is a cosmetic genital rejuvenation procedure that has been rapidly gaining in popularity. Having children, the natural aging process, and other issues can cause the labial tissue to stretch and an excess of skin to accumulate. Menopause also often coincides with drooping of the vulvar lips as the body’s levels of collagen and elastin decrease. Additionally, there are many women who are simply born with an excess of labial tissue or asymmetric labia. Regardless of the cause, enlarged or asymmetrical labia can cause daily discomfort, a loss of interest in sexual activity, or even pain. Fortunately, this common condition can be remedied with labiaplasty from our experienced plastic surgeons.
Patients who have labiaplasty treatment typically seek to eliminate the discomfort that comes with enlarged labia and to renew confidence about their bodies. The labia can undergo changes for a variety of reasons, ranging from childbirth to significant weight loss. After the procedure, patients often enjoy physical activities that previously caused irritation or pain, and can wear tighter clothing with more comfort. Labiaplasty helps keep the patients of Liu Plastic Surgery feeling more youthful and confident.
Why People Choose Labiaplasty
Patients elect to undergo labiaplasty for a number of reasons including: rejuvenation after the effects of pregnancy, to tighten and tone the area after significant weight loss, to eliminate discomfort or irritation, to improve the fit of clothing, and to enhance their self-esteem.
About Labiaplasty Surgery
Labiaplasty is designed to rejuvenate the genital region and help combat some of the effects of the aging process, childbirth, or congenital conditions. Dr. Jerome Liu and Dr. Tom Liu can use a variety of surgical approaches to reshape, reduce, and/or contour the labia while preserving the surrounding tissues. The specific method of labiaplasty will be determined during the consultation process and the procedure will be custom-tailored to meet the unique needs and expectations of each patient.
Liu Plastic Surgery believes that the consultation is a time to focus on individual patient education. The initial consultation for labiaplasty surgery will usually take about 30-45 minutes. During this time, one of our plastic surgeons reviews the medical history of the patient to help her make an informed decision about her health and cosmetic surgery options, discusses the details of specific procedures, and answers any questions the patient may have.
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty are women who have enlarged labia, an excess of skin in the vaginal area, or asymmetrical labia. Candidates include women who have experienced these effects due to childbirth, menopause, dramatic weight loss, premature aging of the labia, congenital conditions, or other causes. If enlarged or asymmetrical labia impacts your daily activities, causes physical discomfort, or impacts your self-confidence, this procedure can be effective to remedy these concerns.
About the Operation
Depending on your unique concerns, one of our plastic surgeons will help you decide which approach will best achieve the cosmetic outcome you desire. Labiaplasty is typically performed as an in-office outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and takes approximately about one hour to complete. If our plastic surgeons determine that dermal fillers will achieve the best outcome, periodic office visits will be necessary for continued results.
Immediately following the procedure, an oral pain medicine is used to reduce post-operative irritation. This anesthetic is considered to be long-lasting, helping patients to feel comfortable in the days following the surgery. However, patients should still plan for several days of resting and refrain from extended periods of sitting for the first 2 weeks. In most cases, labiaplasty is performed with dissolvable sutures that will last approximately three weeks. Typically, women can resume sexual intercourse after six weeks.