Labiaplasty, or labia reduction, is a cosmetic procedure that is designed for women who have concerns about the appearance and function of their external genitalia. It’s perfectly natural for you to be concerned about the appearance of your labia—they are the only part of your genitalia that are visible from the outside, so of course it matters what they look like! According to the study, Psychosexual outcome after labiaplasty: a prospective case-comparison study[1], *majority of women experienced an improvement in both appearance and sexual function at three months after their surgery.*

What labiaplasty can do for you
  • *Reduce the size and length of your labia.*
  • Correct asymmetry for a balanced look.
  • *Reduce the pain and discomfort caused by your large labia when wearing specific clothes and performing certain physical activities.*
  • Improve sexual function and satisfaction.
  • Correct discolouration affecting the labia.
You'll experience:
  • Surgery that is performed under local anesthesia and takes an hour or less.
  • Invisible scars: your scars will remain well hidden in the natural creases of the area treated.
  • Advanced techniques are applied so your recovery is relatively short.
You'll be able to:
  • Get back to work within three to seven days.
  • See your results sooner.
  • Enjoy looking and feeling better.

While labiaplasty is primarily designed for aesthetic reasons, the study Labiaplasty of the labia minora: patients’ indications for pursuing surgery[1], found that the majority of patients actually undergo the procedure for both functional and aesthetic reasons.

What makes your labiaplasty at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique

1. Only local anesthesia is administered by injection. A numbing cream is applied a few minutes beforehand so that you won’t even feel the injection! (General anesthesia is available for patients who prefer it.)

2. Dr. Gartner applies advanced techniques of correcting the issues related to your labia. These techniques are designed to reduce the trauma associated with your surgery, so that you won’t have as long of a recovery. You’ll be able to enjoy your results sooner!

3. Dr. Gartner takes into account the primary reasons for your labiaplasty and customizes your surgery so that your goals can be effectively achieved. For example, if you prefer a more youthful appearance, then your labia may be trimmed shorter. If you want to remove discolouration, then only the affected area may be removed while still maintaining asymmetry. For this reason, you should be honest and straightforward during your pre-surgery consultation with Dr. Gartner so he can help you achieve your goals.

4. You don’t need to experience the discomfort of getting your stitches removed because they’ll just dissolve naturally on their own in the days and weeks following your surgery.

Your consultation

Your first consultation is scheduled with Dr. Gartner, a Double Board Certified plastic surgeon and general surgeon. This medical consultation is a private discussion between you and Dr. Gartner, where you can discuss your aesthetic concerns and obtain advice from an innovative plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience.

Your labiaplasty consultation will give you:
  • an idea of whether the surgery is suitable for you, depending on your aesthetic goals and medical condition
  • information about the surgery and everything related to it, such as your recovery and the associated risks
  • what type of surgical techniques will be performed for your surgery
  • information about Dr. Gartner and our surgical facility
  • the cost of your surgery

You’ll be able to decide if labiaplasty is suitable to achieve your goals and have a good understanding of the risks involved so you can make an informed decision.

Because your satisfaction and safety are important to us, your consultation won’t be rushed through. This allows you to feel more comfortable about whether you should undergo surgery and if Dr. Gartner is the right surgeon for you.

Are you a candidate for labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is designed for women who are unhappy with the size and shape of their labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva). Women may also find their enlarged labia minor unattractive or a source of discomfort when doing certain activities or wearing particular clothes. You may even find that you suffer from hygiene issues that cause lasting irritation and rashes.

Labia hypertrophy is the medical term for enlarged labia minora. The condition can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, aging and childbirth. Labiaplasty may be suitable if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are healthy physically and psychologically. This reduces the rate of complications, making the surgery a safer one for you. It also improves your outcome.
  • You are not pregnant. Because anesthesia is administered during your surgery, having surgery while pregnant can be risky for you and your unborn child. Pregnancy and childbirth may also reverse the effects of your surgery, therefore it’s always better to wait until after you’ve had children before pursuing labiaplasty.
  • You would like to undergo labiaplasty to alter the appearance of your genital area to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
  • You would like to decrease or eliminate the discomfort caused by your enlarged labia which is preventing you from wearing certain clothes or performing certain activities.
  • You understand the risks related to labiaplasty and see that the benefits outweigh the risks.
  • You do not have an active infection.
  • You don’t have any complications related to having had an episiotomy during childbirth.

Do you think you’re a suitable candidate for labiaplasty? Call Dr. Gartner to book your private medical consultation to confirm.

Your surgery

Your labiaplasty will be performed at Gartner Plastic Surgery, our state-of-the-art surgical facility that is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

Your surgery takes about an hour or less.

1. A numbing cream is applied about 10 minutes before your surgery. This is done to desensitize the area before local anesthesia is administered by injection, so you won’t feel anything but slight pressure. General anesthesia is offered to patients who prefer it.

2. The area to be treated is measured and marked. Incisions are made in the natural creases of your genital area and the specified amount of excess tissue is removed to achieve your desired improvement. One side or both may be targeted.

3. The incisions, usually measuring a couple of inches long, are closed with sutures and dressed. You’ll then be taken to the recovery room where you’ll stay under the watchful eye of Dr. Gartner and your nurses.

Once you’re ready, a trusted friend or relative will take you home and help you for the next 24 hours. As you complete the rest of your recovery, you’ll have regularly scheduled appointments with Dr. Gartner so that he can continue to monitor your recovery and make sure you’re doing well.

Your recovery

Every patient recovers at a different rate. You can help facilitate your recovery process by following the post-surgery care instructions Dr. Gartner gives to you. Dr. Gartner will monitor your recovery in follow-up appointments.

The first stage of your recovery

In the time shortly after your labiaplasty, you’ll probably feel a little discomfort and numbness. You may also be swollen and bruised. Pain medication probably won’t be necessary, but it can be prescribed if you need it.

Pain tends to subside in a week or so. Swelling and numbness can take a few weeks to months to totally subside.

Keeping clean

To minimize the risk of infection, make sure to keep the area of the incision clean. While showering, gently wash the area with mild soap and pat dry. You should avoid taking baths for at least two weeks. You’ll be prescribed antibiotics to help fight off any infection as well.

When you can go back to work

You’ll be able to return to sedentary work in about 4 days. If your work is physically demanding, you may need to wait a little longer.

When you can get back to the gym

You can start working out again in about six weeks following your surgery. Make sure to slowly build up to your pre-surgery intensity.

Please refrain from sexual activity for at least six weeks.

An immediate improvement may be visible right after your surgery, however you should wait a couple of months for the optimal results to appear.

Your results

Once the swelling and bruising disappear, you’ll see a dramatic improvement of your appearance. Your genital area will be rejuvenated, appearing smoother and more contoured with better symmetry.

Complications and risks associated with labiaplasty
Common side effects

The most common side effects of surgery include swelling, bruising, tenderness and discomfort. These gradually subside with time.

Rare complications

Bleeding: Because there are many blood vessels in the labia, there is a risk that one may be cut and cause an excessive amount of bleeding that lasts for over a day.

Infection: Infection affecting the treated area can lead to more prominent scarring or necrosis. Usually, antibiotics can effectively treat infection when diagnosed early.

Numbness: While temporary numbness is common, any changes in sensation that are permanent is rare.

Irregular scarring: Scarring is inevitable with any surgery, however it is generally well-hidden in the natural contours of your genital area and will fade over a year or so. Scars that are raised and heavily pigmented may develop if an infection existed at the incision line or you have a history of irregular scarring. This can make the treated area look unattractive or be painful.

Undesirable results: Asymmetry, over correction and other undesirable results may occur.

To minimize the risks related to labiaplasty, you should follow the pre and post-surgical care instructions that are given to you by Dr. Gartner. These instructions are designed to help you prepare for your surgery and recover from it more easily.

*Disclaimer: No guarantees of any kind unless they are money-back guarantees. No claims of permanent results. No "Miracle cures" for medical ailments.*

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Article credits

  • Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
  • Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
  • Created: 10 May 2015
  • Published: 10 May 2015
  • Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
  • Reviewed: 19 May 2015

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