Is it Labiaplasty or labioplasty? All you need to know…

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Is it Labiaplasty or labioplasty?

Labiaplasty is a popular procedure that’s sometimes incorrectly referred to as labioplasty.  It started as a natural progression over the last decade.  Women had been increasingly paying attention to the area of their body covered by a bikini.  It started with trimming the hair, then shaving it, and now to permanently removing part or all of it. The advent of the laser and the various reality shows have made it mainstream.  There are even articles written about it.  In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) notes an uptick in labiaplasty procedures: a 39% spike in 2016, with more than 12,000 procedures.

Background & Concerns:

The logical progression was to pay attention to the plumpness of the mons pubis, the rounded mass of fatty tissue that’s over the pubic bones (as per Wikipedia).  In recent days, women have started to pay attention to the fullness, or the lack thereof, of their labia majora (outer vaginal lip).  Women are also concerned about the size and shape of their labia minora (inner vagina lip).  Here’s a great anatomical pictorial identifying the different parts of the female reproductive organ.

The Labiaplasty is a procedure that is directed to the labia minora to address concerns about size, fullness, redundancy and hooding.  Some women feel uncomfortable during sexual intercourse, some feel self-conscious during exercise, and in a swimsuit or weight lifting attire.  Others also have pain with certain activities like riding a bicycle or horseback riding.

Procedure:

Based on the physical examination, various techniques can be used to address the patient’s concerns.  Along with the appropriate choice of technique, careful and delicate suturing provides for very satisfying results.  The goals are to:

  1. Provide inconspicuous correction.
  2. Minimizes the chance of scar hypersensitivity and painful intercourse.
  3. Heal rapidly.

The procedure can be done in the surgery center or the hospital if there is a request for sedation.  But the majority of our patients are comfortable with the procedure done in the office operating room under local anesthesia.  It only takes 45 minutes to perform.  A very small amount of pain is involved.  We do our utmost to provide our patients with a comfortable experience away from any embarrassment.

Post-Op

The post-op care is very minimal and easy to perform.  Activity restrictions are:

  • No sexual intercourse for 3 weeks
  • No bicycle riding or horse-back riding for 3 weeks

Further, the follow-up appointment schedule is for 5-7 days, 3 weeks, and 2 months.

You can view our labiaplasty photo gallery.  Give us a call for a consultation: 847.297.8001.