Labiaplasty is a solution to the problem of labia that are causing you discomfort or distress. If you're considering labiaplasty, expert OB/GYNs Jhonathan Duarte, MD, and Vicente Gari, MD, of Miami Women's Health Associates in Miami, Florida, can help. They offer outpatient labiaplasty procedures that reduce and reshape your labia so you feel more comfortable and confident. To schedule a consultation, call the Coconut Grove office or book an appointment online today.
A labiaplasty is a form of plastic surgery that alters the labia – the folds of tissue that form your vulva. Women have two sets of labia: the labia majora, which are the outer lips, and the labia minora, which are the inner lips surrounding your clitoris.
Some women naturally have longer labia, while the effects of aging and childbirth may make your labia sag or lengthen.
Labiaplasty generally involves your gynecologist reducing the size or adjusting the shape of your labia for aesthetic or practical reasons.
Many women choose to undergo labiaplasty because they feel unhappy with the appearance of their labia. If you're concerned about the way your labia look, it's important to know that every woman is different, and there's a huge variety in the shape and size of labia. Most women don't need to undergo labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons, as their labia are perfectly normal.
However, there are times when having long or large labia can cause practical difficulties. If your labia are long enough to get pushed into your vagina during intercourse, it can cause tearing as the skin stretches.
Some women also experience discomfort or chafing against their clothing or when they're physically active due to the length or size of their labia. Undergoing labiaplasty can resolve these problems.
Labiaplasty techniques are different for the labia minora and labia majora:
One approach to labiaplasty for the labia minora is an edge resection to trim the edges of the labia. Or you could have a wedge resection, where your gynecologist cuts slivers of skin from the middle of your inner labia then sutures the skin.
Labiaplasty on the labia majora may involve the removal of tissue surgically or with the use of liposuction. Alternatively, if your outer labia need plumping up, your gynecologist can inject fat or another filler into them.
The Miami Women's Health Associates team performs labiaplasty as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. You will need to follow your gynecologist's instructions on caring for your labia and should expect to feel sore for a while.
If you want to discuss the benefits of undergoing labiaplasty, call Miami Women's Health Associates to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.