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.
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.