Although many women deal with the physical and emotional discomfort associated with irregular inner vaginal lips (labia minora), most think that they are alone in this struggle and that nothing can be done to improve their condition. Enlarged or asymmetrical labia may be the result of genetics, childbirth, aging, hormonal changes, or injury and may protrude from the outer labia. These conditions often cause emotional discomfort due to embarrassment about the appearance of the labia. Irregular vaginal lips may also cause physical discomfort or pain during physical activities or sexual intimacy. Those who become aware of labiaplasty soon realize that their problems caused by irregular labia can be easily alleviated.
Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of the inner labia. If asymmetry or uneven labia exist, one can be reduced to be the same shape and/or size as the other. The patient is usually under general anesthesia for this procedure, which lasts approximately one hour. If excess fat padding exists in the pubic mound, liposuction can also be performed to provide a more youthful and attractive genital area. Incisions are always inconspicuously placed, and most patients are able to return to work one week after the procedure.
Psychological and Physical Benefits
Labiaplasty patients generally experience improved mental and physical health after their recovery. Anxiety about the appearance of their genitals is eliminated, including concern that the outline of the labia may be visible through swimsuits or tight-fitting pants. Patients are usually no longer hesitant to engage in sexual intimacy for reasons associated with the appearance of the labia, as the vaginal area achieves a more youthful and attractive appearance. This procedure provides patients with increased confidence and improved ability to participate in physical activities. The pain and discomfort from large inner labia that patients previously experienced during physical activities, such as sexual intercourse, bicycling, and horseback riding, are eliminated after the labia are reduced.
If you’re interested in the many benefits of labiaplasty, whether for aesthetic and/or physical reasons, please call the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of Walnut Creek at (925) 937-7100, or you may conveniently fill out our online contact form. Dr. William Jervis is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is dedicated to providing his patients with the safest, most effective, and comfortable procedures possible.