Many women are bothered by the appearance of enlarged labia minora, the clinical term for the inner genital lips. They may appear to be uneven, large, thick, and can extend beyond the labia majora, the outer genital lips. This can make a woman feel self-conscious about her body, and at times the labia can interfere with certain activities such as cycling or can create pain during sex.
Labiaplasty with Dr. DeRoberts reduces and shapes a woman’s labia minora and majora.
What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to change the appearance of the external genitalia of a woman. More common is surgery to reduce the labia minora, which can overhand the outer lips. This can create rubbing or appear bulky when a woman is wearing revealing clothing or performing certain sports.
Who is a candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?
There is no right or wrong reason for desiring this procedure, whether for aesthetic reasons or for comfort during sex, when riding a bike, or wearing yoga pants. If you feel self-conscious about your appearance, this could be a good procedure for you that doesn’t include a difficult recovery. If you have discomfort when running, riding a bike, or during intercourse, there’s no reason to have to tolerate the discomfort.
Labiaplasty with Dr. DeRoberts can involve different methods. Labia minora reduction reduces the length and size of these tissues, which are situated inside the labia majora.
When reducing the labia minora, Dr. DeRoberts generally uses two methods. In a wedge incision, a vertical wedge of labia minor tissue is removed. In an edge excision, he removes tissue along the edge of the lips. Often, extra folds of the clitoral hood are also reduced at the same time.
In some cases, the other lips, the labia majora, may be larger than is comfortable. This can be physically or emotionally uncomfortable for a woman. Dr. DeRoberts removes an elliptical-pattern piece of tissue through a small, hidden incision.
Risks Associated with Labiaplasty
Risks are low with labiaplasty thanks to the highly vascular nature of this area of the body. The risks specific to labiaplasty are potential chronic dryness, loss of sensation, and possible pain during intercourse. These are rare.
Patients need to restrict their activity to low-key choices for the first five days. There will be some swelling and pain that can be lessened with icing for 20 minutes on and then 20 off. Exercise will generally have to wait for two to three weeks. Sexual intercourse needs to wait for at least 4-6 weeks after your surgery. Engaging in sex too soon presents a risk of tearing the incisions. Tampons need to be avoided for six weeks, as well. Trim labiaplasty may offer faster recovery times, as Dr. DeRoberts will discuss with you.
Does labiaplasty reduce sensation?
This is a risk with labiaplasty, although a relatively small one. Most women report less chafing and physical discomfort, improved sex life, and an overall boost in confidence after labiaplasty. But loss of sensation can occur, especially with extensive tissue removal.
Can I have labiaplasty if i still want children?
This procedure is mostly cosmetic, addressing only the outer genitalia. It won’t impact pregnancy or childbirth at all.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Labiaplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. DeRoberts. Call DeRoberts Plastic Surgery at (315) 299-5313. Our practice serves Syracuse, NY and surrounding areas.