Labiaplasty, or vaginal reconstruction surgery, reduces the size of the labia minora so it doesn’t protrude beyond the labia majora. Women often seek a labiaplasty to address pain and irritation during sexual activity, exercise, or tight clothing, or correct to asymmetry caused by the protruding, and enlarged skin of the labia minora. Labiaplasty can also be performed for cosmetic reasons
Ideal Candidates for Labiaplasty
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty are healthy, non-smoking adults who experience the above symptoms. This procedure has an extremely high satisfaction rate as reported by numerous studies.
There are two primary methods for removing the excess skin and tissue in a labiaplasy: the trim and wedge techniques.
The trim technique is the most common labiaplasty method. This approach creates an incision that removes the outer edge of the inner labia, which creates symmetry between the inner and outer labia.
An additional benefit of the trim technique is it trims the darkest part of the labia which, for many women, is a leading cosmetic consideration for the procedure.
The wedge technique is an alternative to the trim. This approach calls for the removal of “wedge” from both sides of the labia and then stitches the remaining edges together.
The procedure uses dissolvable sutures and patients should intermittently ice the area and elevate their hips to reduce swelling for the first 24-48 hours.
Vaginal reconstruction surgery can be performed with topical and local anesthesia, oral or IV sedation, or under general anesthesia based on patient preference.
Preparing for Surgery
To prepare for vaginal reconstruction surgery, patients should avoid specific medications, including:
- herbal supplements (fish oil, ginkgo biloba, turmeric)
- anti-inflammatory medications (Advil)
- and aspirin, which may increase bleeding
Patients should also make preparations to have to someone escort them home after the procedure and remain with them during the initial recovery period.
Recovery & After Care
Patients should intermittently ice the area and elevate their hips to reduce swelling for the first 24-48 hours. Patients can resume use of tampons and intercourse four weeks after the surgery.
Labiaplasty Cost NYC
The cost of labiaplasty surgery varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcome, so every case begins with a comprehensive consultation where she examines the patient and outlines surgery costs and considerations.
Contact us today to book your labiaplasty consolation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.