Many women during puberty or after childbirth may see their labia minora become unusually large or misshapen. Other women develop loss of fullness in the labia majora after menopause. Surgical labial reduction, also called labiaplasty, can greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of the female genitalia, and alleviate the discomfort and embarrassment that may accompany excess labial tissue. The surgeons at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center perform labiaplasty in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, to help women relieve their physical discomfort and improve their confidence.
When performed by one of our skilled plastic surgeons, labiaplasty can be a satisfying way to feel more comfortable. Request a consultation today or call (502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit and learn about this procedure.
Enhancing Female Genitalia
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The anatomy of the female genitalia can vary significantly. Like breast sizes, the desired appearance of the labia will vary with individual preferences.
In some individuals the labia minora (the inner frond of tissue) can be quite large and redundant creating both a cosmetic and sometimes even a functional concern. Some women develop hypertrophic or enlarged labia minora after multiple childbirths or as the result of aging.
Improvements From Labiaplasty
The best candidates for labiaplasty are healthy women who have oversized, sagging, or asymmetrical inner or outer labia. Improvements from this procedure include:
- Relieving irritation and discomfort during sexual activity and athletics (such as bicycling, spinning), and while wearing fitted pants or bathing suits
- Repairing damage caused by childbirth
- Restoring fullness to the labia majora after menopause
- Improving self-esteem
About the Labiaplasty Procedure
Reduction of the labia minora is the most common genital enhancement surgery our surgeons perform for women. Many women choose to combine labiaplasty with vaginal rejuvenation (vaginoplasty) to tighten and repair the vagina and surrounding tissues. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anesthesia. Most patients will take oral pain medication and/or sedatives. Twilight or general anesthesia is also available and can be performed in our AAAASF approved operating rooms. The procedure takes less than 1 hour.
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What to Expect During Recovery
During the recovery period, women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears completely after 1 to 2 weeks.
Return to Work
Most labiaplasty patients are able to return to work in a few days. Sexual activities may be resumed about 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Labial incisions usually heal very nicely and are rarely noticeable.
Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mays are pleased to offer ThermiVa®, an option for adding tone and tightness to both the labia and vagina without surgery. This device uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production and encourage the contraction of the skin for a lasting improvement in just a few simple sessions. Learn more about radiofrequency technology and the other areas of the body we can treat using the advanced ThermiRF® system.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I need to be to have labiaplasty?
Women need to be at least 18 years old to have this procedure.
Will labiaplasty affect future childbirth?
Labiaplasty will not affect future childbirth or delivery.
When can I resume yoga or Pilates?
Any vigorous activity involving the surgical site should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. Patients may immediately resume workouts that are restricted to unaffected areas such as exercises limited to the arms and shoulders.
How soon can I swim or go in a hot tub after labiaplasty?
Soaking in hot tubs and swimming may be resumed 4 weeks after labiaplasty.
How soon can I go to the tanning booth?
Tanning after labiaplasty is not restricted, but any surgical site should be covered to protect the skin.
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