Labiaplasty


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Labiaplasty

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What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty (sometimes called labioplasty) is a procedure to reduce the size or reshape the labia minora, the skin which surrounds the vaginal opening.  It can also be called labia minora reduction, labia reduction or inner lip reduction.  

The inner labia or labia minora are usually not visible unless the legs of the women are apart.  Sometimes, the labia are enlarged or elongated or misshapen, and can be seen when the legs are not apart or barely apart.  

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Why labiaplasty?
How do I know if labiaplasty is right for me?
Labiaplasty cost
What should I expect from the procedure?
Post-operative instructions

Why labiaplasty?

When the labia are enlarged or misshapen, it can cause problems with intercourse, intimacy and lead to embarrassment or self-consciousness.  Enlarged labia can be often seen through tight fitting pants and bathing suits, and can cause discomfort when wearing clothes, as well as with exercise and intercourse.  Usually this problem is congenital, but can also occur from hormonal changes or childbirth.   

How do I know if labiaplasty is right for me?

Dr. Karen Elizabeth Boyle is a female urologist and an specialist in genital cosmetic surgery.  Understanding your goals is Dr. Boyle's main objective for the procedure, as well as educating her patients about the benefits of labiaplasty.

After a detailed examination and discussion with Dr. Boyle on your first visit, she will discuss with you your concerns and goals and what to expect from the surgery, average recovery times and try and answer any further questions you may have.

Labiaplasty cost

Financial concerns are always important when considering any medical procedure.  Please read our financial information section for more information.

What should I expect from the procedure?

Labia reduction surgery or labiaplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure performed under sedation or anesthesia to reduce and reshape the labia. The labia majora, or outer lips, can also become enlarged and lose their form and normal appearance.  Reduction of the labia majora is usually performed in conjunction with reduction of the labia minora.  

Post-operative instructions

Please review the instructions below to assist in your recovery from your surgery.  These are general guidelines.  Please follow Dr. Boyle's explicit instructions as every patient's recovery time is individual.

Care of the area:

  • Apply bacitracin or a topical triple antibiotic ointment to the suture lines for 10 days.
  • Place a piece of gauze between your labia.
  • Wear cotton undergarments and avoid any undergarment that is tight or irritating for 4 weeks.   
  • You may shower the day following the procedure - pat your labia dry, do not rub.  Do not take a bath or go swimming for two weeks.
  • The incisions were closed with absorbable suture.  This suture dissolves on its own and does not need to be removed.

 

Limits on physical activity:

 

  • Relax and rest for one to two days following your procedure.  Avoid excessive walking, sitting for prolonged periods of time, and unnecessary exertion.  You will recover quicker and easier if you take it easy for these days immediately post-op.
  • Avoid exercise (no running, heavy lifting, straining, etc.) for four to six weeks.  Avoid straddle activities like cycling, horseback riding for at least four weeks.  
  • Refrain from sexual activity for four weeks.

 

Pain Relief:

 

  • Take the antibiotic as prescribed to help prevent infection.
  • You may take the narcotic medication as prescribed for discomfort or you may take over-the-counter Motrin or Advil as directed.  Do not take any aspirin products for two weeks following the procedure.

 

Follow-up in two weeks for a postoperative appointment.  Please call to make this appointment.

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