Although it is not often discussed, many women have enlarged labias, also called labial hypertrophy. It is unknown why some women experience this, but there is no reason to be concerned about labial hypertrophy and no health problems associated with it. Still, this can be extremely uncomfortable and cause self consciousness. If your labia is enlarged and causes discomfort or embarrassment, Dr. Ortiz can provide relief with labiaplasty.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that reduces the size or length of the labia minora, the inner portion of the labia, so that it does not hang below the labia majora, the outer portion of the labia. When the labia minora is longer than the labia majora, it may twist, tug, and make activities like exercise and sex painful or uncomfortable.
Labiaplasty can be performed with local anesthesia and oral sedation or under general anesthesia. The procedure may be performed two ways: by trimming the excess skin and using dissolvable sutures to close the edges, or by trimming a wedge-shaped piece of skin from each side of the labia and joining the sides together to create a smaller labia. Dr. Ortiz will discuss these options with you to determine the most effective method for your labiaplasty. Following a labiaplasty, you will experience swelling and soreness. Most patients wait one week to return to work and it is recommended that you wait four to six weeks before having intercourse.Labiaplsty may be performed alone or as part of a mommy makeover or menopause makeover. You can learn more about the procedure by reading our frequently asked questions about labiaplasty.
Whether you are only considering labiaplasty or are ready to take the next steps towards this procedure, we encourage you to contact our plastic surgery center today. Dr. Ortiz has helped countless women find relief with labiaplasty. To schedule your personalized consultation at our plastic surgery clinic, give us a call at 919-532-2270 or complete our online contact form below.