At Advanced Liposuction Center we find that labiaplasty—reducing and/or changing the shape of the outer or inner vaginal lips—is a sensitive subject. Sometimes patients may not feel comfortable asking about this procedure so we have put together some of the most commonly asked questions below so you can get the information you need about labiaplasty.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate for labiaplasty?

A: There are several factors that can affect the size and shape of the labia. In some cases, genetics are the cause for poorly shaped, uneven or protruding labia. Childbirth and aging can also cause thinning and stretching of the tissue in this area. Although in most cases this condition is not harmful to women, it may cause discomfort wearing certain undergarments or during sexual intercourse. Women who are not currently pregnant or nursing and are in overall good health are good candidates for this cosmetic surgery.

Q: How is labiaplasty performed?

A: Our expert cosmetic surgeons will trim and shape the labial tissue. The procedure is done in our Cranberry Township office surgical suite under local anesthesia with mild sedation. It takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Q: What is the recovery like?

A: Patients will need someone to drive them home after the surgery. Most women experience mild discomfort for only 3 to 4 days after the surgery. A prescription antibiotic ointment must be applied to the area and patients have to be especially gentle and careful the first month after the surgery because of the small, dissolvable sutures used. In most cases, patients can return to work in 2 to 4 days, although exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 2 weeks and sexual activity for 4 weeks.

Q: Can I still deliver a baby vaginally after a labiaplasty?

A: Yes, labiaplasty does not impede a woman’s ability to deliver a child vaginally.

Q: How can I find out more?

A: You can schedule a free consultation at one of our 9 Pittsburgh area locations by calling: 724-683-7581. Most women who have the procedure wonder why they waited so long. They experience increased confidence in their appearance and reduced discomfort from the rubbing of undergarments and during sexual intercourse.