Labiaplasty can be difficult for women to ask their doctors about, but Dr. MacLennan’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 Dr. MacLennan offers, and she has 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. Most of Dr. MacLennan’s patients have variations of normal anatomy, but if your labia are making you uncomfortable, it may be time to consider labiaplasty.
Dr. MacLennan’s expertise allows her to tailor the procedure to the needs and goals of each woman. Most commonly, she uses a variation of the extended wedge labiaplasty popularized by American surgeon Gary Alter, MD. This technique allows her 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 Dr. MacLennan will always discuss with you her 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 stiches and an ice pack. Dr. MacLennan and her 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.
If you’ve been thinking about labiaplasty, call us today to reserve your private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. MacLennan.