LABIAPLASTY AT THE SHAW CENTER
The labia minora are the “inner lips” that cover the female vaginal opening and clitoris. A large population of women can have excessively large labia minora as a result of pure genetics or frequently from the trauma of giving birth. Regardless of the cause, women can often experience a tremendous amount of discomfort combined with even pain during intercourse. Normal clothes such as panties and tight jeans become uncomfortable and can affect ones activities of daily living. Additionally, overly large labia minora can affect one’s self esteem and self confidence because the condition can be viewed as unattractive during intimate settings.
WHERE IS THE SURGERY PERFORMED?
Labiaplasty is usually performed under a light general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. The procedure typically takes one to two hours, depending on the complexity and recovery is about two weeks. Any discomfort is easily managed with oral pain medication. All stitches are dissolvable, and there are no dressings. Normal activities may be resumed within a week and sexual intercourse usually by four to six weeks. Complete post operative care will be discussed with you.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE LABIAPLASTY CONSULTATION
First and foremost, you can expect complete confidentiality. We realize that this is a private and sensitive subject and Dr. Shaw and his staff is committed to your privacy. During the consultation, Dr. Shaw will go over a complete medical history and take the time to understand your goals and expectations. Dr. Shaw and his staff will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes and work with you to explain the details of the procedure along with recovery, risks, costs and financing options.
Women may have discomfort during physical activities such as running, doing yoga or having intercourse
Concerns with appearance due to the size, discoloration, or length of the inner or outer labia
Concerns with intercourse, such as pain, pulling and irritation
Women may have discomfort during physical activities such as running or doing yoga
LABIAPLASTY SURGICAL TECHNIQUES
There are a few labiaplasty techniques including the “trim” technique or the “wedge” technique. Dr. Shaw prefers and routinely performs the Wedge Labiaplasty Technique originally described by Dr. Gary Alter, a plastic surgeon.
The Wedge Technique minimizes scarring and produces very natural looking results, while maintaining the natural tissue border of the inner labia. This procedure is suitable for most patients with excess inner labia (labia minor) tissue. Women who wish to achieve the most natural looking labia possible often choose the Wedge Technique.