What is Labiaplasty?
Childbirth, significant weight loss, aging, or injury to the genital structures can lead to changes in female genitalia. Labiaplasty is a procedure that improves the appearance of the female genitalia. Some women seek this opportunity to improve their appearance and ultimately feel satisfied with their body, while some seek changes for physical discomfort or medical reasons. If severe, and medically indicated, it is occasionally covered by insurance.
Who is a Candidate?
Women who are experiencing lax labia minora (inner labia) structures due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancies can often benefit from a labiaplasty. Lax skin of the labia can cause discomfort when taking part in athletic activities and intercourse, as well as irritation, itching, and self-consciousness.
The labiaplasty procedure reduces the labia minora so that they do not hang below the labia majora. This procedure may also be done to reduce the asymmetry of the labia minora when one is longer than the other. This can reduce the length of the labia so that they no longer tug or twist when wearing certain types of clothing, or fall out of a bathing suit.
During the labiaplasty procedure, excess tissue is removed, and absorbable sutures are placed to enforce the new labial contour.
Results and Recovery
Most patients take about a week off from work to recover. Swelling is to be expected and can be reduced with cold packs and by elevating the bottom with pillows. While most swelling is gone after six weeks, it can take up to six months for full swelling to subside. Sexual intercourse can usually be resumed after 6-8 weeks. When the labia are fully healed, patients can enjoy a neater labia appearance with reduced discomfort and a boost in self-confidence.
If you are tired of living with the discomfort associated with loose labia minora, a labiaplasty may be able to help. Give our Portland office a call today and schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Fichadia to get started.