What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure performed to reduce the size of the labia minora – the vaginal lips. Vaginal anatomy varies from woman to woman, and can change over time due to aging or childbirth. Large or uneven vaginal lips can cause a range of problems, both functionally and aesthetically. Labiaplasty is a simple procedure performed to correct those problems.
With advances in technology, techniques for performing labiaplasty have changed significantly in recent years. This delicate surgery has become much less invasive, and state-of-the-art techniques make it possible to achieve superior results. The use of lasers is a major advance in labiaplasty techniques to remove small amounts of tissue. This allows for a quicker procedure, more precise work, faster recovery and less post-surgical discomfort.
There are several possible surgical approaches to performing labiaplasty. Depending on your unique anatomy, your concerns and your treatment goals, Dr. Schaffer will determine the most appropriate technique for your procedure.
Surgical options include:
- The trim method: This is the simplest technique in which excess skin is trimmed at the edges of the labia minora, after which the edges are sutured and closed.
- The wedge method: An incision is made across the width rather than along the edge of the labia. This method is effective for reducing the inner one-third of the labia.
- Z-plasty (Z-incision) method: This is a modification of the wedge method that uses a zigzag incision to reduce scar tension and stress on the inner labia.
Benefits of Labiaplasty in Birmingham
Large or uneven labia are a cosmetic concern for many women, who may find them embarrassing and feel self-conscious about their appearance. In some cases, larger labia may show when a woman wears a swim suit or tight clothing. Problems with larger labia are often functional as well as aesthetic. Larger vaginal lips can become irritated by clothing and cause discomfort during work, exercise, intercourse or the many tasks of daily life.
Dr. Christopher Schaffer performs labiaplasty procedures with precision and skill to correct cosmetic and functional problems. As with all procedures at Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, labiaplasty is performed on-site. We are located across from a hospital for a higher level of safety. If you are uncomfortable or unhappy with large or uneven labia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schaffer, your Birmingham Plastic Surgeon to discuss a labiaplasty procedure.