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What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic vaginal surgery that is performed on the external folds of the female genital organs, also called the “vulva,” that surround the vagina. The procedure involves reshaping or reducing the size of the labia which may have become enlarged over a period of time or due to one of several reasons such as childbirth, injury, or disease. It is an outpatient surgery performed while patients are under anesthesia.

Labiaplasty Procedure

The labia majora, which are the external folds of skin surrounding the structures of the vulva, and the labia minora, which are the internal folds of skin surrounding the vagina, may become stretched or enlarged due to several causes, such as childbirth, injury, or disease. When this happens, many women are not happy with the appearance or the discomfort due to rubbing on clothing. Many patients complain that elongated labia become painful during exercise or while sitting for long periods of time. Surgical reduction is a permanent solution to this situation that will result in a smaller, normal-looking labia.

Dr. Mayhew will perform the labiaplasty surgery in Los Gatos. During your labiaplasty consultation, Dr. Mayhew will explain how long the labia reduction surgery will take, the amount of time and care necessary for a full labiaplasty recovery, and exactly when after surgery it would be safe to resume sexual intercourse.

The surgery typically takes one to two hours. Patients can return to work within three to five days but should avoid other activities for one to two weeks. You may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Mayhew and For Women By Women for Labiaplasty?

As a specialist in gynecology with previous experience in obstetrics, Dr. Mayhew understands the anatomy, healing, and functionality of women's genital anatomy. Unlike plastic surgeons, Dr. Mayhew has a comprehensive understanding of this anatomy and exactly how the surgery should be performed for best outcomes.

What Are the Benefits of Labiaplasty at For Women By Women?

Labiaplasty may be undertaken for functional reasons, aesthetic reasons, or a combination of the two. The procedure is frequently performed to reduce the size of one or both sets of labia. It may also be used to repair the labia following disease or injury or to reshape after childbirth.

Am I a Candidate for Labiaplasty?

Although enlarged labia is not a health issue for many women, it may be an issue of functionality or appearance. Many patients complain that elongated labia become painful during exercise while sitting for long periods of time, during sexual intercourse, or due to rubbing on clothing. Surgical reduction can help your labia return to normal.

Rosanne Mayhew, MD

Aesthetic Specialist & Gynecologist located in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Gatos, CA

For Women By Women is a medical practice in Los Gatos, California under the direction of Dr. Rosanne Mayhew that serves women in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Dr. Mayhew offers a wide array of gynecological services, vaginal rejuvenation, skin rejuvenation, body contouring, and women’s preventive care. For Women By Women offers both surgical procedures, the latest in laser liposuction, and cosmetic procedures. The goal at For Women By Women is to help meet the unique health needs of women, which may be overshadowed by insurance company requirements and time constraints. She encourages patients to actively participate in preventive health. Dr. Mayhew is also an expert when it comes to guidance and counseling on specialized nutritional supplements and skincare products. Individual consultations and special orders can be made directly through Dr. Mayhew.

Dr. Rosanne Mayhew graduated from medical school at the University of Illinois and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After practicing in Houston, Texas for two years, she moved her practice to Los Gatos, California in 1988. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Mayhew is a strong believer in patient education and strives to provide the best care possible for each patient. She will help coordinate care and performs all procedures herself.

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