Labiaplasty is a procedure that involves reducing the size of the labia. The labia are folds of skin surrounding the vaginal opening. The outer folds are the labia majora, while the inner folds are referred to as the labia minora. When you undergo labiaplasty, tissues from the labia are removed to reduce the size of it. In some cases, the labia receives a filler injection to enlarge it or improve its contour.
Who Gets Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is available to patients with various needs, including physical, cosmetic, and emotional.
Medical reasons: The labia can sometimes become misshapen after things like childbirth. This can result in excess skin that protrudes beyond the labia majora. This additional skin and tissue can become pinched or stuck in uncomfortable positions, leading to pain and discomfort. A labiaplasty eliminates this excess tissue, allowing the patients to enjoy physical activities such as exercise, running, and intercourse without pain.
Hygienic reasons: Excess tissue can also make it easier for bacteria and debris to remain in the fold of skin, presenting a hygienic concern.
Cosmetic reasons: In addition to excess skin, many patients experience asymmetry of the labia, where some areas protrude more than others. While there is a wide variety of labia shapes and sizes, feeling embarrassed about the appearance of intimate areas can affect confidence, especially during intercourse or while wearing certain undergarments or swimsuits. Labiaplasty is ideal for improving the appearance of this area, leaving patients with a more symmetrical intimate area with improved contours.
What to Expect During My Consultation
Choosing to get a labiaplasty is an intimate, personal decision, and many women arrive at this decision due to feelings of insecurity. When you visit Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery for your consultation, you will be welcomed into a warm and discreet environment with professionals who are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. During your consultation, you will be able to share your reasons for seeking labiaplasty, and Dr. Fostyk will determine if this procedure can help you achieve your desired result. During the planning phase, she will go into detail about what the procedure can accomplish, as well as how to best prepare for surgery, details of the procedure, and how to care for yourself during your recovery.
Labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, and Dr. Fostyk will reshape the labia majora, labia minora, or both using the most appropriate techniques.
Reduction techniques: Excess tissue from either one of both sides of the labia minora is trimmed. In some cases, a wedge-sized piece of tissue is removed from the labia minora before it is sutured. Each technique can result in natural-looking results.
Enlargement techniques: Some patients opt for labiaplasty to enlarge the labia. To do so, Dr. Fostyk may harvest a small amount of fat from another area of the body, such as your midsection. The fat is then injected into the labia majora. Alternatively, other filler materials, such as hyaluronic acid, can be injected into the area to provide a plumping effect.
Learn More About Labiaplasty
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your labia or are tired of the discomfort from excess skin, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fostyk at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery. Contact us via phone or use our convenient form to request your appointment online.