Labiaplasty, or labial reduction, is an increasingly popular procedure used to reduce the size of the external female genitalia. The most common problem is excessive tissue in the labia minora, the inner lips of the vagina. In some cases, the skin protrudes beyond the labia majora. This can create physical discomfort when sitting or during sexual intercourse. In addition, many women become self-conscious because of the appearance of their vagina. Labiaplasty addresses these problems by removing the excess tissue so that the labia minora is in better proportion to the labia majora.
- 1 Who is a candidate for Labiaplasty?
- 2 Does Labiaplasty interfere with having natural childbirth?
- 3 What types of Labiaplasty techniques are available?
- 4 Is laser used for Labiaplasty?
- 5 Anesthesia and Surgery for Labiaplasty
- 6 Why Women Choose Dr. Younai for Labiaplasty in Los Angeles
- 7 Recovery after Labiaplasty
- 8 Potential Risks and Complications
Who is a candidate for Labiaplasty?
Many women are born with too large, irregular, or asymmetrical Labia Minora. Others develop stretching and elongation of the labia as a result of childbirth or with aging. This presents not only an aesthetic predicament but more importantly a functional hindrance. Women with large and irregular labia are often embarrassed during sexual interactions, and feel uncomfortable with wearing bathing suits, tight clothes, or jogging shorts. Others experience pain or irritation during intercourse or feel that they can not reach optimal sexual pleasure because of the hindrance of their bulky Labia Minora.
There are some women that develop very full and large Labia Majora (outer lips) as a result of weight gain. This becomes a noticeable nuisance when wearing tight pants, shorts, or bathing suits. It also traps moisture and causes skin irritation, rash, or even promotes yeast infection.
Does Labiaplasty interfere with having natural childbirth?
No, Labiaplasty does not hinder natural childbirth, but in fact makes it easier.
What types of Labiaplasty techniques are available?
Traditionally, most gynecologist or plastic surgeons utilize the direct excision and reduction method of Labiaplasty. With this method a long strip of the Labia Minora is excised, leaving a surgical incision at the edge of the Labia which takes longer to heal and can become sensitive.
When feasible, Dr. Younai utilizes the Brazilian Labiaplasty Technique which leaves no external scars, preserves maximum genital sensation, and looks very natural. At that time a clitoral de-hooding can also be performed to increase the height and length of sexual pleasure for the woman.
Reduction of the Labia Majora involves liposculpture and liposuction to reduce the unsightly protuberance of the Labia Majora. At times it is combined with the reduction and tightening of the Mons Pubis, otherwise called Monsplasty.
Is laser used for Labiaplasty?
Although laser can be used to make the surgical incision, it does not offer any added benefits in terms of comfort, safety, or better healing.
Anesthesia and Surgery for Labiaplasty
Labioplasty; a female surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed by Dr. Younai at the fully accredited and the state-of-the-art Regency Surgery Center. It is performed under local anesthesia with some sedation in order to reduce anxiety. This procedure is rather short, and can take about 30 minutes. At times Labiaplasty is performed in conjunction with Vagionoplasty (Vaginal Rejuvenation), tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, or other cosmetic procedures.
Why Women Choose Dr. Younai for Labiaplasty in Los Angeles
Dr. Younai is a skilled plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience and training. He listens carefully to each patient’s needs in order to design the best plan for her surgery. He can perform your labiaplasty quickly and easily, preferring to use the Brazilian labiaplasty technique because of the retention of the labia minora’s outer edge. Although the procedure is considered more difficult, Dr. Younai uses it whenever possible because he wants each of his patients to achieve the best results possible. Schedule a consultation with him at his Los Angeles office today and you’ll see firsthand why so many patients trust him with their most sensitive procedures.
“Even since puberty, I felt embarrassed about the size of my lips. Not only did they make me physically uncomfortable, they also negatively affected my self esteem. I would always be hesitant before any intimate encounter, usually preferring to keep the lights off. I was so relieved after meeting with Dr. Younai. He explained the procedure to me and made me feel comfortable the entire time. I have to say I’m really happy with the results. And the pain was extremely minimal. I’d recommend this surgery to anyone who feels the way I used to.” — Lydia E., Los Angeles / Labiaplasty
Recovery after Labiaplasty
Most patients experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising after Labioplasty which lasts two to seven days. During this time, women can experience some spotting, and/or urinary hesitance. They should wear pads, and apply Neosporin ointment to the surgical sites for comfort. They can take a shower or wash within six hours of surgery, and as frequently as they wish, there after. Although you can return to a sedate activities and work within two days, you should refrain from jogging, biking, horseback riding, running, heavy lifting, and sexual intercourse for about 4-6 weeks.
Potential Risks and Complications
Labiaplasty is considered a minor surgical procedure, and thus is relatively safe. The most common potential complications are bleeding, minor infection, incision breakdown, scarring, and/or irritation and pain.
Dr. Younai is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with experience in all aspects of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery, including Labiaplasty During your consultation with Dr. Younai, he will discuss all details including: the latest available treatment options and techniques, potential risks and complications, pre- and post-treatment instructions, recovery course, as well as what to expect afterwards.