What is a labiaplasty?

Women opt for vaginal rejuvenation for variety of reasons. Modern trends, aging or religion have made many women feel their genitalia is inadequate compare to new societal norms. Additionally, most women with enlarged labia minora or majora complain of irritation and itching with some activities as exercise, sexual intercourse, and wearing tight clothing.

Labioplasty is one of the most popular vaginal rejuvenation procedures to reduce the size of the labia minora in order to stop hanging below the labia majora. This procedure reduce asymmetry when one is longer than the other or, more frequently, to reduce the length of both labia so that the labia no longer twist, tug or fall out of a bathing suit.

Before and During the Procedure

Before undergoing a labiaplasty surgery, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon makes a detailed consultation and assessment. During this appointment, determine if you are a candidate, explain the procedure, discuss your expectations and take action. The doctor may require some preoperative studies and ask that you stop certain medications before treatment, guidelines on eating and drinking and quitting smoking.

The most common type of labiaplasty is the trim procedure, in which the extra tissue is removed and sewn up directly. Next in popularity is the wedge procedure, which maintains a natural border after a pie-shaped piece of tissue has been removed. Extra folds of the clitoral hood can also be reduced at the same time. Closure is usually done with absorbable sutures.

After the Procedure and Recovering

Dr. Rodolfo Castillo board-certified plastic surgeon and our staff will provide detailed postoperative instructions so you can experience a successful recovery.

Most patients are seen at 3 weeks post-op to evaluate the healing. You may feel some itching as sutures dissolve. Revisions can be considered once full healing has occurred, typically no sooner than six months from surgery.

Self-care

Following your labiaplasty surgery, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo will recommend you to:

  • Must wear compression garment or elastic bandages after the surgery
  • Avoid straining, bending and lifting or any pressures on the suture lines
  • Avoid vaginal penetration for 6 weeks
  • Avoid wearing tampons or having intercourse after four to six weeks
  • In case of any infection, wash the wound with soap and water. If discomfort persists, contact your Patient Care Coordinator