Enlargement, asymmetries, and protrusion of the labia are not only socially embarrassing but often irritating and uncomfortable. The reasons for labial enlargement and or asymmetry is congenital, puberty enlargement, pregnancy, and aging. A Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the labia.
Your Consultation with Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure and your expected results. Each of the possible options for the surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives, as well as additional procedures, may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
Candidates for Labiaplasty
- Enlargement of the labia
- Protrusion or hanging of the labia
- Asymmetry of the labia
- Irritation and discomfort
- Problems wearing tight-fitting clothing and swimsuits
- Social embarrassment and intimacy
Surgery of Labiaplasty
The procedure can be done with local, sedation or general anesthesia. Usually, it is done with local anesthesia. The position and the amount of labia to be removed is precisely marked to remove the excess tissue and create a natural and symmetrical appearance. The excess tissue is marked and removed as “V” shaped wedge. The edges of the labia are sutured together with absorbable sutures so they do not have to be removed.
Recovery from Surgery
There is swelling and there may be some bruising of the labia. This resolves in 1-2 weeks with cold compresses applied to the area. The sutures will dissolve in 2-3 weeks. Although you can resume normal activity the day after surgery vigorous physical activity is limited to four weeks and sexual activity for six weeks.
Planning Your Procedure
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that the surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery, all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and Anesthesia. Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work done prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instruction are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible desired result.