If the outward appearance of your genitalia causes discomfort, painful intercourse, or personal embarrassment, a labiaplasty can offer a life-changing solution. Dolores Kent, MD, is an expert surgeon located in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles who can safely and effectively reduce or reshape the labia minora, labia majora or clitoral area and provide you with the contours and confidence you’ve been missing. To find out more, call the office to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment online today.
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of the labia minora - the inner “lips” of the female genitalia. The same procedure can address enlargement of the outer vaginal lips, known as the labia majora. Some women naturally have longer labia; childbirth, significant weight loss, and aging can cause the tissues of the labia to become stretched out over time.
Elongated labia can cause pain and irritation when wearing tight clothes or during activities such as cycling and other types of exercise. It may also cause embarrassment and discomfort during intercourse.
Labiaplasty can reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort during physical activity or intercourse. Labia reduction can also dramatically alter the appearance of your external genitalia, which offers a boost of self-confidence and may have a positive impact on your intimate relationships, especially because many women experience enhanced sexual sensation following a labiaplasty procedure.
If you were born with atypical labia minora, large labia, or you’ve experienced a lengthening of the tissue following childbirth, menopause, or weight loss, labiaplasty may be right for you.
Labiaplasty can help correct the following concerns:
To qualify as a candidate for labiaplasty, you’ll need to be in good general and emotional health, and you’ll need to have realistic expectations for your results.
Dr. Kent usually performs labiaplasty under general anesthetic in a surgical environment. Some patients are candidates to perform this procedure under local anesthesia in an office setting. To remove excess labial tissue, she makes small incisions on either side of the labia; these incisions will be nearly invisible once they’ve healed. Once the procedure is complete, she’ll use ultra-fine sutures to close the incision.
You’ll need to keep the area bandaged for a few days following your surgery, and you may need to use a special cushion to keep you comfortable when sitting. You should expect some swelling for several days after your procedure, but as this subsides, you’ll be able to see the shapely new contours of the labial area. You can expect to resume normal activities, including intercourse, in about two to three weeks.
To learn more about labiaplasty, call the office of Dolores Kent, MD, to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment online today.