Fleming Island double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. William Wallace, works with hundreds of women each year to correct deformed vaginal lips. Labial hypertrophy is the medical term for enlarged labia minora, or the folds of skin overlying the vagina. Enlarged labia minora can cause emotional distress when unclothed, or can even be visible as fullness can be seen in underwear or swimwear. A labia deformity can be the result of excessive stretching from pregnancy, childbirth, and weight loss. At Fleming Island Plastic Surgery, labia rejuvenation (labiaplasty) is performed to correct the skin deformity so that the symptoms caused by enlarged labia, such as chronic irritations, or discomfort during sexual activity, diminish. Dr. Wallace uses the most successful methods to achieve the client’s desired results.
Before aesthetic surgeons improved the labiaplasty procedure, the approach was to amputate the excess skin and fold deformity. This approach led to numerous complications including scarring and sensory nerve damage. It is important to find a skilled labiaplasty surgeon who understands that this cosmetic surgery requires some reconstructive processes. Qualified surgeons will be able to incorporate the latest reshaping techniques so that it not only reduces the size, but also preserves most of the natural contour, color and sensitivity of the labia with minimal scarring.
How Labiaplasty is Performed
Labiaplasty can be performed a couple of different ways. One technique uses surgical tools to reshape the inner folds of the labia so they no longer protrude. Essentially, it creates a contoured “V” shape wedge that is removed in order to reduce the size. The remaining edges are sewn with absorbable sutures for a natural appearance. Another technique is one that uses a laser to trim and reshape the labia. This is known medically as “laser labial rejuvenation”. While this approach is effective, it is generally more suitable for smaller skin defects of the labia.
This is an outpatient procedure and is usually performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. However, during your consultation with Dr. Wallace you can also inquire about IV sedation. The entire surgery typically takes 1-2 hours to complete. Following this surgery, women should rest and avoid any activities that will result in additional swelling and discomfort. Vigorous exercise, vaginal intercourse, the use of tampons and douching should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. The incisions made during surgery are minimal. In most cases, the scarring will be almost undetectable.
"Amazing! - Dr. Wallace is a miracle worker. He is truly a patient man, especially with how nervous I was about everything. He went through step by step on how everything was going to play out, and he was very right about it all. I would get discouraged and he would just tell me "patience, you must heal" and now I'm leaving his office today after my visit and I'm beyond excited with my healing process! He..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 15, 2017
"I love Dr. Wallace - Dr. Wallace is the best. He takes time with his patients and treats them as if they were his family. He explains everything about your procedure and what to expect. He answers all your questions. I highly recommend Dr. Wallace to anyone who is looking to be a better you."- J.4. / RealSelf / Jan 04, 2018
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,500 - $4,500
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
OBGYN or Plastic Surgeon?
Many OBGYNs are capable of performing labiaplasty. However, this procedure is considered a cosmetic surgery. There is more to the technique than just removing the deformity. Aesthetic issues, such as scarring, symmetry, pigmentation and shape, play an important role. For these reasons, a cosmetic surgeon is sometimes the better choice to correct this condition.
Impact on Intercourse?
This procedure does not impact sexual intercourse in a negative way. If anything, labiaplasty helps to restore any lost sensation because it removes excess skin and tissue blocking the vaginal opening and clitoris. A knowledgeable surgeon will avoid placing incisions near the clitoral region and will carefully work to protect and preserve the sensory nerves.
Pregnancy After Surgery?
It is recommended that women wait to have labiaplasty until after childbearing is complete. If the labia deformity cannot wait until after a pregnancy, the patient will need to understand that the surgical results may be compromised by a later pregnancy. It is important to discuss any pregnancy plans with your cosmetic surgeon so that a pre- and post-pregnancy surgical plan can be put into place.