Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to correct asymmetry or enlargement of the labia, conditions which may cause hygiene, appearance, and clothing issues for women.
The goal of the labiaplasty procedure — also known as labia reduction, rejuvenation, or vaginal lip reduction — is to bring symmetry to the labia minora and correct issues with enlargement. In turn, these changes can improve hygiene, self-confidence, sexual intercourse, and often the fit of undergarments and clothing. Labia minora hypertrophy is sometimes categorized in three ways:
Many women can benefit from labiaplasty. Causes of asymmetry of the labia minora are pregnancy, genetics or piercings. It is important to note that although surgery is completed on the labia minora, it should not adversely affect sensation.
One of our plastic surgeons will perform your labiaplasty on an outpatient basis while you are under a general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The labiaplasty takes one to two hours to complete. Using skin and tissue tightening techniques, your plastic surgeon will reduce the size of the labia minora while maintaining its natural shape. After completion, sutures will be applied to aid in proper healing and to ensure an aesthetically pleasing result.
After completion of your surgery, your plastic surgeon will have special care instructions for you. You will need to avoid sex and exercise for about four weeks, and the swelling and discomfort should dissipate in about two weeks, though medication may be prescribed. The sutures used to close the incision are dissolvable, but it may be three to six months before you can appreciate the final result.
Possible complications associated with labiaplasty may include infection, bleeding, scarring, prolonged swelling, asymmetry and a possible need for revisional surgery.
For more information about labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation, please contact the UNC plastic surgery team. Schedule a consultation to discuss the risks, benefits, price, and other details of labiaplasty. Service areas include: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cary, Greenville, Clayton, Fayetteville, Garner, Greensboro, Wilson, Apex, Hillsborough & Sanford.