The size and shape of a labia is as unique as your fingerprints, and what is considered "normal" actually varies drastically in length and depth. However, when a woman's labia is elongated with excess tissue, it can cause much discomfort or restrict normal function. An athletic woman, may find that the longer labia tissue sticks to her leg during exercise or riding a bicycle unpleasant, for instance.
Reduction of the labia minora can be performed with local anesthetic, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Two possible techniques are used in this surgery:
- Trim procedure: This is the most common approach to labiaplasty. The surgeon trims away extra tissue and closes with sutures.
- Wedge procedure: This technique removes a pie-shaped section of tissue and maintains a natural border. Extra folds in the clitoral hood can be reduced at the same time. Incisions are closed with absorbable sutures.
What Is Recovery Like after Labiaplasty?
Most patients can return to work a week after surgery. During recovery, post-surgical swelling and pain can be reduced by elevating the lower extremities.
Wear loose-fitting clothing and underwear while you are healing. Your doctor may instruct you not to wear tampons or engage in intercourse for four to six weeks after the procedure.
In a labiaplasty procedure in Los Angeles, Dr. Kahng can reduce the labia minora so they are not hanging below the level of the labia majora (the larger outer folds of the vulva). Discomfort from twisting and tugging of the labia can be significantly relieved with this surgery. Many patients are pleased with the aesthetic effects of labiaplasty and experience a boost in their confidence and self-esteem.
If you are considering labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate physical discomfort, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Kahng at one of the Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Centers in Los Angeles or Orange County. He can tell you whether this procedure is the recommended procedure to resolve the aesthetic problems or physical issues you are experiencing.