With age, childbirth, or weight-loss, the size and shape of the labia minora can become stretched and prominent which can make women feel self-conscious. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size or correct aesthetic problems in the shape and size of the labia to provide greater comfort and a more pleasing appearance. The popularity of labiaplasty has increased in recent years as women have learned that you do not have to live with overly large labia. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, labiaplasty is the second fastest growing plastic surgical procedure performed in the United States.
Labia, or the vaginal lips, come in all shapes and sizes and no two pair look alike. Over time, the vaginal lips can become stretched, loose, or sag, causing discomfort due to friction in clothing, with a negative impact on your self-esteem. The most common reason women request labiaplasty is to correct stretching to the labial tissue following childbirth. In many cases, the damaged tissue can cause a significant amount of pain, discomfort and embarrassment. When this occurs, labiaplasty in Tucson with Dr. Larson can remove the excess volume – restoring a comfortable and attractive vaginal appearance.
The best candidates for labiaplasty are women who:
Your Tucson labiaplasty can be customized to address the inner lips, outer lips, or both. Here is a quick look at the techniques Dr. Larson may use during your procedure, depending on the location of your stretched tissue:
There are two main techniques used to reduce the size of the inner lips (or the labia minora.)
The first involves removing a wedge of tissue and then closing the opening by pulling the upper portion of the labia down. This produces a very natural appearance, with the resulting scar well-concealed within your body’s creases. The second approach involves trimming away excess tissue along the length of the labia – reducing its size and smoothing the edges.
To rejuvenate the outer lips (or the labia majora), Dr. Larson can take a surgical or non-surgical approach.
In many cases, he can tighten the area non-surgically using ultrasound or radiofrequency technology. In others, he will remove excess tissue through a small incision hidden within your natural contours. During this procedure, he can also perform a clitoral hood reduction to expose the clitoris and increase sexual stimulation.
Dr. Larson's Tucson labiaplasty procedure has many benefits that can boost a woman's confidence. It's main purpose is to enhance the appearance of your external genitalia, giving you confidence both in and out of the bedroom. Additionally, labiaplasty has many benefits including:
Your labiaplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia and should take between one and two hours to complete. It is an outpatient procedure, which means you will be free to return home right after your surgery is complete.
To begin, Dr. Larson will create the incision discussed during your initial consultation. Through that opening, he will remove a precise amount of labial tissue – just enough to restore a naturally more attractive appearance.
You may experience mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising following your labiaplasty procedure which can be managed with prescription pain medication prescribed by Dr. Larson. You should plan to wear loose-fitting clothing in the initial days following your procedure to avoid creating discomfort as your body heals. Warm Sitz baths can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. You may also apply an ice pack for twenty minutes at a time to further reduce swelling.
Most women find they are able to return to work within two to four days following surgery. You may resume light activity within a few days of their surgical procedure. More strenuous activities should be avoided for at least four weeks. Additionally, you should not ride a bicycle for six to eight weeks following labiaplasty to avoid placing undue pressure and stress on the treated area. Most women are able to resume sexual activity approximately six to eight weeks following surgery.
Dr. Ethan Larson is celebrated throughout Tucson for his unmatched technical skill and the breadth of his knowledge. By embracing innovation at every turn, he continues to raise the bar in Southern Arizona for top-quality cosmetic care. Known as one of the best plastic surgeons Tucson has to offer, he is highly trained and experienced in all aspects of plastic surgery, including reconstruction of traumatic, oncologic and surgical defects. Dr. Larson is Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is also a member of the Arizona Community Surgeons (ACS) group.Learn More