Labiaplasty

As more awareness on facial and body cosmetic looks has been trending over the last several years there has also been more interest in the functionality and appearence of the labia minora/majora.  While most women don’t really give the appearence of the labia a second thought there are a lot of women who have been suffering with enlarged and mis-shapen labia. Sometimes the enlargement occurred just by going through puberty.  Sometimes it occurred  after childbirth where the labial swelling of pregnancy did not retract completely.  Most of the time these women complain that it is affecting their appearence in tight fitting garments or causing pain with activity and sexual intercourse. So many patients are embarassed by this and afraid to bring it up to their doctor.  However, many avenues of help are now available to give you a more normal appearance and to reduce enlarged labia that may be getting uncomfortably pulled when walking, running or with sex.  At Genesis we are able to reduce the labia both surgically or with our FemiLift laser.  Which one used depends on the size and irregularity of the labia.  With minor uniform enlargement and/or pigmentation, an attachment to the FemiLift can be used to shrink the tissue by using the same laser used to tighten the vagina in the FemiLift.  A tightening of the labia and fading of any pigmented tissue then occurs over the next couple of weeks.  There is no discomfort or downtime associated with this technique.  We do suggest 3 treatments a month apart to get the best result.

However, we are seeing many patients who have marked appendage like projections of the labial tissue that need surgical repair.  This is done in our GYN O.R. at Genesis using oral sedation and local numbing.  Either the wedge resection or an edge resection technique can be utilized depending on the amount and location of the tissue needing to be removed.  Most patients notice discomfort for the first day or so but are quickly back to light activity and even work in a few days.

There is no need to be embarassed by your bottom.  Labial deformity is a common problem in most women.  If it is causing a decrease in your self-esteem, embarassment with how you look in tighter pants, or pain with movement or intercourse then it’s time to do something about it.  We can help at Genesis.  Give us a call for a consultation where we can determine what would give you the best look and functionality.

Be well

Dr. ODell