Sometimes a woman can be unhappy with her labia, the inner or outer lips of the vagina. Labiaplasty by Dr. Gurley is used to reduce the size of labia that may be too long or large, or to reshape labia that are uneven or may be causing physical discomfort. Some patients opt to have labiaplasty done in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction, breast surgery, or mons pubis rejuvenation.
Would I be a good candidate for labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty with Dr. Gurley is a relatively minor surgical procedure that can be for cosmetic, hygienic, pain relief or functional reasons. Some of our patients don’t like the appearance of their labia and feel embarrassed during intimacy. Others say that their labia can be seen through certain clothing. Others have trouble keeping the area clean. Other times, labiaplasty is necessary to overcome the pain that occurs during intimacy or certain types of exercise.
Most people in relatively good health would be good candidates, but there is one important thing to consider. Ideally, the patient should be finished having children, as the strain from the birthing process may cause tissues to “re-stretch.”
What happens during labiaplasty?
Anesthesia or IV sedation is used, along with medications to block nerve signals and minimize bleeding. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Gurley then trims and contours the labial tissue, trimming excess tissue as is necessary. She closes the incision with absorbable stitches and applies antibiotic cream. The entire process takes from 1 to 2 hours.
What will recovery entail?
Recovery from Labiaplasty involves swelling and some mild to moderate pain. Prescription painkillers will be prescribed if needed for the first 12-24 hours. You will need to carefully wash the area, applying antibiotic cream afterward to prevent infection. Most patients can return to work in 1 to 2 days. Tampon use and intercourse will have to wait a few weeks, or until the area is completely healed.
If your labia are causing pain, irritation, or simply embarrassment, call Dr. Gurley at 636-812-4300 and ask about labiaplasty.