Labia reduction, also known as labiaplasty, is a surgical procedure performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons. The labia may change over time, due to factors like childbirth and the aging process. Women may also have an irregular labia due to genetics.
This issue may cause discomfort during certain activities and may make women uncomfortable during sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty reduces the size and adds definition to the labia for a more youthful look, greater sexual enjoyment and a reduced risk of yeast and urinary tract infections.
The best candidates for labia reduction are women who have had one or more of the following issues:
- Concerns over the size and shape of the labia
- Discomfort or irritation during certain activities
- Painful intercourse or embarrassment during sex
- Increased incidence of urinary tract or yeast infections
- Inability to wear some types of clothing because of discomfort
Women should be in reasonably good physical health and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them. Labiaplasty is commonly incorporated into a Mommy Makeover treatment plan, which can comprehensively address the body changes that result from pregnancy.
About the Procedure
Labia reduction is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Geoffrey Leber, MD at his Phoenix-Scottsdale area clinic. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia and sedation. The inner lips of the vulva are carefully reshaped to ensure symmetry and reduce size if necessary. The entire procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete.
Recovery and Results
Patients are able to return home the same day as the procedure. Pain medication will be prescribed to help manage discomfort in the first few days following the procedure. Physical activity is usually restricted for up to six weeks, although most patients return to work and most daily activities much sooner. Results of labia reduction are considered permanent.
If you want relief from the discomfort and embarrassment of a misshapen labia, contact Dr. Leber’s office today. We are happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation for you with Dr. Leber to discuss your concerns.