Labia – and any treatment associated to it – can be difficult for women to speak to their doctors about. But women often experience discomfort or a lack of confidence resulting from their labia – and it’s important they recognize that it’s normal and they should reach out to an expert.
Some women develop with longer labia, while others experience stretching of their tissues with childbirth. Most of of our patients have variations of normal anatomy, but if your labia are making you uncomfortable, it may be time to consider labiaplasty.
Our team’s open, friendly manner and the all-female staff at Sante Medical will put you at ease. Labiaplasty is one of the most popular procedures that we offer with almost 20 years of experience helping women feel better about themselves in this personal way.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the labia minora, or ‘inner lips.” In most cases, the goal is to get the labia minora “tucked in” inside the labia majora, so that chafing, pulling, and discomfort are minimized and the appearance is tidy and neat. Labia are a normal anatomic structure and are there to protect the vaginal opening, so we don’t want to remove them entirely but we can certainly adjust their size and shape. Some women develop with longer labia, while others experience stretching of their tissues with childbirth.
Our expert team allows her to tailor the procedure to the needs and goals of each woman. Most commonly, we use a variation of the extended wedge labiaplasty popularized by American surgeon Gary Alter, MD. This technique allows us to remove the excess tissue, while still preserving the normal edge of the labia and leads to a very natural-appearing final result. Adjustment of excess tissue around the clitoral hood can easily be done with this technique. Another technique involves a simple trim of the edges of the labia, and our surgeon will always discuss with you the recommended approach based upon your anatomy and goals. The majority of labiaplasty patients heal so well that the incisions become barely visible over time.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER
First, a topical numbing cream will be applied that will numb the surface of your skin. We’ll get you positioned comfortably in the OR, and make sure that you’re relaxed and ready for your procedure. Most women don’t require an IV or sedation, but it’s available if needed. During the procedure, we can play music or chat with you to pass the time. The procedure finishes with dissolving stitches and an ice pack. Our staff will go over instructions and make sure you’re comfortable before releasing you to go home the same day.
You will have some soreness and swelling, but the recovery is very tolerable for most women. It is recommended to avoid tampons and intercourse for 4-6 weeks while you heal, but most women can get back to work after about a week.
Book A Consultation
If you’re ready to start your journey, or just want to get a bit more information about a procedure, we encourage you to book a consultation with us. Your consultation will be a one-on-one meeting with one of our medical professionals where we can discuss your specific needs and start developing a personalized plan to achieve your goals.