Suffolk Pelvic Medicine
Female Urologist & Urogynecologist located in Riverhead, NY
Excess tissue at your labia can make your clothes fit poorly and make you self-conscious. At Suffolk Pelvic Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Hill provides women in Riverhead, New York on Long Island and the surrounding area a permanent fix to labial issues. To learn how a labiaplasty can help relieve symptoms of twisting and tugging of the labia, call the office, or book an appointment online.
What is a labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the size or changes the shape of the labia minora or labia majora. The procedure targets the lips of the vagina (the major) or the internal, smaller lips (the minor).
Who might elect to have a labiaplasty?
If you have excessive labia tissue or asymmetry between the sides, you may choose a labiaplasty. Some women find excess tissue causes issues with:
- Clothing fit
- Sexual sensation and comfort
- Riding a bicycle or other athletic activity
The excess tissue can itch, twist, and tug. Plus, the look may make you feel self-conscious.
What should I expect during a labiaplasty?
Depending on your labia minora and aesthetic goals, you may undergo one of two types of surgeries. During a trim labiaplasty, Dr. Hill removes the excess tissue and sews up the area. She may alternatively recommend a wedge procedure in which a pie-shaped piece of tissue is removed. She can maintain a natural border after the tissue is removed and reduce extra folds in the clitoral hood at the same time.
If you opt for surgery on the labia majora, the hair-bearing area of the labia, Dr. Hill removes two small crescents of skin from each side. The area targeted for this removal is near the inner portion of the lips.
What is recovery like from a labiaplasty?
Expect to need about one week of downtime. During this week, apply ice to the area to reduce swelling and pain. You may also need to elevate your bottom to keep swelling to a minimum. Tampon and sexual intercourse are off limits for about four to six weeks. Excessive swelling reduces after about six weeks, but some minor swelling may continue for up to six months.
What results can I expect following a labiaplasty?
The American Society of Plastic Surgery reports a more than 90% satisfaction rate in women having undergone a labiaplasty. The procedures should mean you have labial lips that no longer hang below the hair-bearing area of your genitals. A labiaplasty generally improves symptoms of tugging or discomfort caused by labial tissue.
If you think you might benefit from a labiaplasty, call Suffolk Pelvic Medicine, or book an appointment online.