Improve the appearance and function of your vagina.
While the labia (the lips of the vagina) provide cushioning to the inner vagina and clitoris, they can become stretched and saggy due to childbirth, age, and genetics. Labiaplasty, or labia reduction surgery, is surgery to reduce the size of your labia and improve their symmetry to enhance the appearance and comfort of your vagina. Labiaplasty is a very straightforward procedure with minimal downtime, and has been shown to greatly improve a woman’s physical & emotional wellbeing.
- Why consider labiaplasty?
- Who is a good labiaplasty candidate?
- About your labiaplasty procedure
- How long does it take to recover from labiaplasty?
- Can I combine labiaplasty with ThermiVa?
Why consider labiaplasty?
Though having sagging labia (clinically referred to as labial hypertrophy) is typically not a medical concern, many women consider labiaplasty for the following reasons:
- Enhances the appearance of the vagina
- Makes physical activities like cycling and horseback riding more comfortable
- Makes wearing swimsuits, underwear, and yoga pants more comfortable
- Improves gynecological hygiene
- Decreases irritation
- Improves confidence
Labiaplasty has a very high satisfaction rate; 91.6% of labiaplasty patients in a Journal of Sexual Medicine study were satisfied with the results of their surgery up to 42 months after their procedure.
Who is a good labiaplasty candidate?
You may be a good candidate for labiaplasty if you are:
- Unhappy with the appearance or feel of your labia
- In relatively good health
- Finished having children
You should also have realistic expectations of labiaplasty surgery; labiaplasty is not intended to enhance sexual intercourse or tighten the inner vagina (see ThermiVa treatment for these benefits). Additionally, aging and hormonal changes caused by menopause may affect the quality of your labia in the years following your procedure.
About your labiaplasty procedure
Labiaplasty is a relatively straightforward and simple procedure: Your surgeon will trim your excess labia tissue to allow the labia minora (the inner vaginal lips) to sit neatly within the labia majora (the outer lips). The sutures used during labiaplasty are dissolvable, so you will not need to return to have them removed. Labiaplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on your surgeon’s preference and your comfort level.
How long does it take to recover from labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty recovery is very minimal compared to other surgical procedures. You should expect to take off work for 3 to 5 days after your labiaplasty procedure, and avoid sexual intercourse for the first month to allow your incisions to fully heal. Since some swelling is common in the weeks following your procedure, you may choose to wear loose, comfortable pants. We also recommend patients wear a mini-pad to absorb any minor bleeding that may occur.
Can I combine labiaplasty with ThermiVa?
Patients who want full-vaginal rejuvenation can combine their labiaplasty procedure with ThermiVa, the first non-invasive, non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment. ThermiVa uses heat-based technology to improve the external appearance of the vagina, increase orgasms, tighten the inside of the vagina, and reduce urinary incontinence.
Schedule your Reading labiaplasty consultation
If you would like to learn more about how labiaplasty can improve your quality of life, board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Brian Reedy and Dr. Scott Lindsay can help. Together, Drs. Reedy and Scott have over 20 years of experience helping women in the Berks County area look great and feel confident. Schedule your consultation online or call (610) 320-0200 to speak with one of our friendly patient coordinators today.