Some women are self-conscious about the appearance of their labia. Others have such large labia that the tissues cause pain or interfere with sexual intercourse. Chike Obianwu, MD, at Alliance Cosmetic Center is a highly experienced cosmetic gynecologic surgeon who helps women understand labiaplasty procedures and determine whether changing the size or shape of their external genitalia is the best choice for them. To learn more about labiaplasty, schedule an appointment online or call the office in Hainesport, New Jersey.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape and reduce the size of the labia minora, which are the small, inner folds of tissues on the vulva or external genitalia. In some cases, Dr. Obianwu may also reconstruct the labia majora, which are the larger, hair-bearing outer folds of the vulva.
Some women choose labiaplasty because they want to improve the appearance of their external genitalia, whether that means making the folds smaller or more symmetrical. For others, the procedure is needed to reduce tissues that have become too large, a condition called labia hypertrophy.
Labia hypertrophy often causes discomfort when wearing tight clothing, or while engaged in activities such as biking and horseback riding. When labia are too large, they can also make basic hygiene difficult or interfere with sexual intercourse.
There are no right or wrong choices when it comes to changing the size and appearance of your external genitalia. What counts is that you’re confident about your decision so you don’t start to worry or second-guess yourself after the surgery is done.
It’s important to have a clear vision of how you want your labia to change and communicate that openly and honestly with Dr. Obianwu. He must understand exactly what you expect to achieve so that he can talk with you about what can be accomplished during surgery and whether your expectations are can be accomplished with labiaplasty.
During labiaplasty, Dr. Obianwu removes the excess tissue using one of several techniques. For example, he may trim tissue from along the edges or by cutting across the width of the labia.
Once the excess labial tissue is removed, the incisions are carefully stitched to promote proper healing. Most labiaplasty surgeries take about an hour, and they’re done as an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home the same day.
Swelling, itching, and bruising are common after a labiaplasty procedure. Most patients can return to light activities in about a week, but you’ll have restrictions to follow.
Dr. Obianwu may recommend avoiding tampons, not engaging in sexual intercourse, and wearing light, loose-fitting clothing for at least six weeks. Although you can gradually increase your activity in the 2-4 weeks after your surgery, you should not lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous activities.
You can gradually resume normal activities throughout the second month after your labiaplasty. It takes about 4-6 months to fully heal and see the full results of your surgery.
If you’re considering labiaplasty, call Alliance Cosmetic Center or schedule a consultation using the convenient online booking feature.