What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is an outpatient, minor procedure that will reduce or reshape the labia minora. Hypertrophied or “enlarged” labia can cause pain during intercourse or generalized discomfort while walking, doing physical activities or wearing tight-fitting clothes. It is one of the most commonly performed vaginal rejuvenation procedures and can also improve some women’s feeling of confidence.*

What can I expect from the procedure?

Often this procedure can be done at the same time as other vaginal reconstructive surgeries, such as placement of a sling for stress incontinence or vaginal prolapse repair, if both conditions exist. The procedure is commonly done one of two ways: either trim or wedge. With the trim procedure, the extra tissue is removed and sewn up directly. The wedge procedure is done to maintain a natural border after a wedge-shaped piece of tissue is removed. Additionally, any extra folds of the clitoral hood can be reduced at this time. Absorbable sutures are used to close up the surgical wound.

This outpatient surgery takes about 1 hour with minimal postoperative recovery. You may need to take a week off from work to focus on healing. Swelling can be reduced with ice and a cold pack. You can also elevate your bottom when you lie down to reduce the swelling. After several weeks, you can resume vaginal intercourse and tampon use.

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Labiaplasty will typically result in a shorter labia that no longer hangs down below the level of the hair-bearing labia majora. Generally, most patients who experienced symptoms of a tugging and twisting of their labia do find relief after surgery.

To discuss labiaplasty with Dr. Morrisroe, schedule a free consultation today. Dr. Shelby Morrisroe is the only urologist in the South Bay area, and she bridges the gap between urologic medicine and pelvic floor health.


*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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