Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure that treats the external appearance and function of a woman’s labia, the skin flap surrounding your vagina. Some women with large or drooping labia experience discomfort while walking, wearing certain types of clothing, or exercising. Some women complain of discomfort during sex and are uncomfortable being seen in a bathing suit or during an intimate moment.
As a female plastic surgeon, many patients feel comfortable discussing these concerns with Dr. Parcells. This procedure is growing in popularity and women who have it done often comment they wish they had it done sooner.
1. What part of the labia is addressed with surgery?
Labiaplasty addresses both the inner labia (labia minora), the outer labia (labia majora), the clitoral hood, or a combination of these areas. This procedure is tailored specifically toward your individual anatomy and your concerns.
2. Will this procedure affect my sexual activities?
Usually not. Because it is mostly a skin surgery, the procedure will not affect sensation or enjoyment. The female erogenous zones remain preserved and are not addressed during this procedure.
3. How is the surgery done?
Labiaplasty is usually done in an outpatient surgical center. The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete. Numbing medication is given so you are comfortable and able to go home the same day. All stitches are dissolvable and do not need to be removed in the office. Scars are camouflaged and hard to notice once you are completely healed.
4. What about recovery?
Any swelling is usually resolved in about two weeks after surgery. Most patients are back to work a few days after surgery, and can resume normal activities by 2 weeks. You should be back exercising by 4 weeks, and you can resume sexual activity by 6 weeks.