Having large or unusually shaped vaginal lips (labia) can be a source of embarrassment, pain and discomfort especially during sex, and recurring infections, among other problems. Fortunately, these issues can be reversed through labiaplasty— a surgical procedure done to reshape or reduce the prominence of the labia, thereby improving their appearance and function.
Below are the basics of labiaplasty, helping you understand the procedure better, particularly what it entails and its benefits for your self-image, confidence, and sexual relationship.
How Labiaplasty Is Performed
Labiaplasty is done under local or general anesthesia. There are a number of techniques available for labiaplasty, but it generally involves a surgeon reducing or re-sculpting the inner lips of the vagina known as the labia minora. In some cases, a surgeon may also work on the outer lips (labia majora), although this is not as frequently requested by patients.
Outlined below are the two of the most commonly used labiaplasty techniques:
o Trim Procedure
This is the original technique, and still the most widely used today. In this procedure, your surgeon removes the excess part of your labia minor and sutures it to achieve symmetry.
o Wedge Procedure
This is an innovative alternative to the trim technique. With this procedure, your surgeon removes a V-shaped wedge of only partial thickness from the sides of your labia and sutures the remaining edges together.
The goal of the wedge technique is to ensure symmetry while preserving the natural pigment and texture of the labia.
Benefits of Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty can enhance your life in a number of ways. Beyond helping you restore your confidence by promoting positive self-image and increasing sexual pleasure, a labiaplasty can bring on the following benefits:
- Allows for better hygienic maintenance– Excess labial tissue can be a breeding for bacteria, increasing your risk for urinary tract infections.
- Enhances wardrobe comfort- You no longer have to avoid tight-fitting clothes or put up with the discomforts associated with physical activity.
- Promotes sense of well-being– Greater sexual satisfaction translates into greater intimacy, which can positively impact your mental health and overall well-being.
Labiaplasty in Miami, FL
If you are contemplating getting a labiaplasty, working with a board-certified gynecological surgeon specializing in this procedure is key to ensuring your safety and the best possible outcome.
At Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center in Miami, our board-certified gynecological surgeons have been a part of countless success stories of women in Miami and beyond whose self-perception and lives have changed after undergoing labiaplasty.