Oversized labia can be caused by a number of factors, such as age, childbirth, changes in weight or genetics. For some women, large inner or outer labia can cause physical discomfort or feelings of self-consciousness during intimacy. Labia surgery, also known as labiaplasty, resizes the labia to create a more proportional result so every woman can feel comfortable and confident both in and out of her clothes.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is recognized as one of the best female plastic surgeons performing labiaplasty surgery. She values creating customized results for every patient who walks through her doors. In your one-on-one consultation, she’ll take the time to discuss your goals and concerns with you, determining the best approach for your needs.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women from throughout the Twin Cities feel more comfortable with their bodies with labiaplasty. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about labia reduction surgery, including pricing, or visit My Labiaplasty Surgeon to learn more.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Labia Reduction?
Many women who feel uncomfortable with the shape or appearance of their labia can be good candidates for labia reduction. Some of the most common reasons to consider labiaplasty include:
- The inner or outer labia are overly large, causing feelings of embarrassment during intimacy
- Tight clothing create a “camel toe” appearance
- The labia have become stretched or enlarged due to childbirth, age or weight loss
- Tight clothing cause physical discomfort
The incisions for labia reduction surgery are typically small and discreet enough to go unnoticed after healing. For women getting labia majora reduction surgery, or reduction of the outer labia, incisions are made on the inside of the outer labia. Dr. Harrington uses these incisions to remove small, football-shaped sections of skin from each side of the labia before closing the incisions for natural-looking contours.
Women getting labia minora surgery, or reduction of the inner labia, may have the edges of the inner labia excised, resulting in smaller inner labia. For this technique, incisions may either cut directly across the inner labia or travel slightly inwards in a wedge shape before folding the labia in a manner that creates natural-looking results and preserves nerve function. Dr. Harrington will help you understand the best approach for your specific goals.
Dr. Harrington’s Trim-V Labiaplasty Technique
Trim-V labiaplasty is Dr. Harrington’s personalized approach to reducing the inner labia and clitoral hood simultaneously using a curvilinear incision.
Traditional trim labiaplasty can make the clitoral hood stand out unless it is incorporated carefully into the new shape and size of the surrounding lips and tissue. Dr. Harrington’s curvilinear incision trims across the inner labia before curving inward to gracefully trim the edges of the clitoral hood, resulting in youthful and natural-looking proportions. In addition to improving form and function of the labia, this specialized labia reduction procedure can help women feel more confident in their own skin.
Your Labia Reduction Surgery
Labiaplasty is a same-day procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia. The entire procedure usually takes 1 to 2 hours. If you are placed under general anesthesia, you should arrive at the surgery center 1 hour prior to your procedure start time and plan to stay for 1 hour after your surgery is finished. Patients who are put under general anesthesia will need a friend or family member to drive them home, and an adult should stay with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Patients that have sensitivities to narcotic medications, may benefit from our opioid-free or reduced surgery and recovery customized approach.
Depending on your comprehensive cosmetic goals, Dr. Harrington may recommend additional procedures to achieve your desired result. Women who have lost a significant amount of weight may wish to consider liposuction of the mons pubis to streamline their figures. Many women include labiaplasty as part of their mommy makeovers.
Most women take between 2 and 5 days away from work and other normal activities following their labia reduction surgery. It’s normal for some temporary discoloration, swelling and soreness to occur, which should diminish over the following weeks. You should avoid sexual intimacy for at least 1 month following your labiaplasty, and refrain from strenuous exercise for the first 2 weeks of your healing process.
Although you should see a difference in your body immediately after surgery, your final results will take some time to develop. Most women can enjoy the final results after 4 to 6 months. During your consultation, Dr. Harrington will discuss any potential risks or complications associated with labia reduction surgery with you. If you notice any sudden swelling accompanied by sharp pain, notify our office immediately.
Is labiaplasty the best feminine rejuvenation option for me?
Labiaplasty could be an appropriate solution if you are bothered by the appearance of enlarged inner or outer labia or experience discomfort caused by wearing tight clothing or performing certain exercises. Other feminine rejuvenation options that can be combined with labiaplasty or performed on their own include clitoral hood reduction, mons pubis liposuction and nonsurgical treatments such as Viveve®.
What is the best labiaplasty surgical technique?
The Trim-V labiaplasty technique is Dr. Harrington’s preferred approach. This method utilizes a curvilinear incision and incorporates a clitioral hood reduction to create a smoother and more natural-looking final result. You can discuss this surgical technique in more detail with one of our plastic surgeons during your consultation to give you a better idea of the quality of results that you can expect with this labiaplasty method.
How painful is labiaplasty?
Pain and discomfort after labiaplasty surgery are typically well-tolerated and easy to manage with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication and numbing agents such as cold compresses. Many women report only mild pain or tenderness in the days following their procedure. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with detailed aftercare guidelines to help make your recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible.
How long does it take to recover from labiaplasty?
Most women are able to resume all normal activities within one month after getting a labiaplasty, including having sexual intercourse. However, you should be able to return to work and other light activities within just a few days after your procedure. Swelling and discoloration may take several weeks to gradually diminish.
When will I see my labiaplasty results?
As swelling subsides, you should see the beginnings of your labiaplasty results around two weeks after your surgery. However, it can take up to 4 to 6 months to enjoy your full results, as your body will continue to gradually heal and improve in appearance over time.
How long does labiaplasty last?
The results of labiaplasty are long-lasting and may never need to be retouched. However, pregnancy and vaginal childbirth may affect your labiaplasty results if you choose to have children after your procedure. For this reason, many women choose to wait to have labia surgery until after they’ve completed their families.
Is labiaplasty worth it?
Labiaplasty surgery has a 92% “worth it” rating on RealSelf, with the vast majority of women who’ve had one reporting that their self-confidence, sex lives and overall quality of life have improved as a result of their labiaplasty. Discuss your concerns and goals with your plastic surgeon during your labiaplasty consultation to help you decide if this procedure could be right for you.
Labia reduction surgery can help women enjoy the full pleasures and comforts of their bodies during exercise, normal daily activities and intimacy. If you have questions or would like more information, contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your labiaplasty consultation.