Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty in Western PA

Labia sizes greatly vary among women. Labiaplasty improves enlarged labia minora (inner vagina lips) and labia majora (outer vagina lips) . These are not uncommon, and although they do not harm the woman, she may feel dissatisfied with the appearance and experience discomfort with undergarments and intercourse. Several factors including genetics, age and childbirth can contribute to women developing a laxity of vaginal tissues.

During the Labiaplasty surgery, Dr. Giraldo will trim the labial tissue to make it smaller and complementary, yet still natural-looking. Although all surgeries administer scars, the scars after the Labiaplasty are virtually invisible.

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It certainly hasn’t replaced breast enhancement as the most popular cosmetic procedure, but vaginal rejuvenation appears to be catching up. According to the New York Times, a growing percentage of the cosmetic procedures performed on women in their 20s are labiaplasty surgeries. In layman’s terms, these are minimally invasive procedures which improve the appearance of the labia (lips) of the vagina.

According to a report issued by the Adolescent Health Care Committee, young women today are under increasing pressure to achieve an “ideal” body. Furthermore, this increasingly involves the appearance of the vagina. In particular, the size, shape, and proportions of the labia.

Labiaplasty is a delicate procedure, and is considered by surgeons to be technically demanding. Very rare yet serious complications are possible, which can include scarring, infection, and ongoing pain. When performed in teens, the long-term effects on sexual function haven’t been adequately studied. Among healthy women in their 20s and beyond, however, this procedure is generally well tolerated.

The Ideal Candidate

A healthy woman who desires a more cosmetically pleasing and comfortable labia region. Patients should have realistic expectations and be in good overall health and not pregnant or nursing. Candidates include women who feel their labia are:

    • Thinned out
    • Poorly shaped
    • Too large
    • Protruding
    • Uncomfortable
    • Uneven
    • Boost self confidence
    • Improve vaginal appearance
    • Eliminate pain during intercourse
    • Reduce discomfort of rubbing undergarments
Dr. Giraldo’s patients are often surprised with how little discomfort there is with this procedure. After the procedure, patients may experience soreness for 3-4 days. During the first month post-surgery, patients must be very gentle with the tissue because of the small, dissolvable sutures used. Patients will be prescribed antibiotic ointment to apply to the labia. Patients should refrain from sexual activity for 4 weeks.

Labiaplasty Popularity

As women are considering more cosmetic procedures or all types, the popularity of labiaplasty has soared in recent years. Read on to discover more about this fascinating, if little talked about, procedure.

In many cases the patient doesn’t need the procedure to begin with.

“I routinely see women as young as 16 in my office, and they think they need a labiaplasty. They don’t. In all, I’d say that I talk women out of this procedure more times than I perform it.” According to one New York based cosmetic surgeon Dr. W. what these women are actually concerned with is what is known as “camel toe.” Says Dr. W “it’s completely normal. What I end up doing is sitting down with the young woman and using pictures to educate. There’s countless ways that the vulva can appear. At the end of a 20 minute consultation I want them to leave thinking that theirs is perfectly normal.” Women with a psychological condition known as body dysmorphia should also be excluded as candidates. The hallmark of this condition is the strong, often consuming belief that one’s body appears different than it does in reality. This condition goes beyond simple low self-esteem and poor body image. In such cases, it’s likely that no cosmetic procedure will challenge this false belief. “What these women really need is counselling. We work with several very good counsellors in the area, and I refer patients every week.”

There’s multiple different reasons why someone might choose labiaplasty. 

“I see a lot of patients whose inner lips (labia minora) are very large. It’s a genuine problem, because many of these individuals have problems simply inserting a tampon. Sex is often painful, and these patients frequently complain of chaffing from tighter clothing. These are all excellent reasons, and these folks are great candidates. They’re doing it for the right reasons,” says Dr.  “I also see women with one inner labia that’s larger than the other. I consider this a good reason. I’m still always concerned with possible psychological issues, but I’m very comfortable operating on these candidates. Of course, there are many patients who come in with purely cosmetic concerns. They’re often doing it for the right reason as well—to make themselves happier and more confident. I’d say that these women are the majority, in fact,” continues Dr.  “I’m equally comfortable with this. But sometimes the procedure just isn’t needed, and I’m not afraid to tell patients that.”

Q: What does Labiaplasty involve?
A: Dr. Giraldo performs the Labiaplasty in our Cranberry Township office suite under local anesthesia with mild sedation. The procedure typically lasts 1 hour. Patients must have a driver to take them home after surgery. We recommend taking 1-2 days off of work to rest.
Q: Is Labiaplasty painful?
A: The procedure is not painful but patients may experience mild-moderate discomfort post-surgery.
Q: How many appointments are needed?
A: Patient’s need an initial consultation and 2 postoperative appointments after the Labiaplasty.
Q: Will the surgery result in decreased sensation during intercourse?
A: The surgery does not result in scarring, so no, there should be no changes in sensation. Actually, many patients report enhancement since they no longer feel self-conscious.
Q: When can I return to work after the Labiaplasty?
A: Most patients return to work 2-4 days after surgery. Patients should not lift heavy equipment and should not exercise for 2 weeks.

Q: Can I deliver vaginally post-surgery?A: Yes.

Q: When can I resume sexual activity after Labiaplasty?
A: Sexual activity can resume after 4 weeks.

Q: What is the cost of the Labiaplasty?
A: Call for a consultation. Depends on extent of condition.

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