Labiaplasty in Annapolis, MD
Labiaplasty corrects the problem of overly large inner labia, or labia minora. Excessive labia tissue can cause discomfort and irritation when you’re engaging in everyday activities. It can be embarrassing wearing tight clothing and bathing suits, and in intimate situations. It can in some cases make sexual intercourse painful.
Large labia might be something you are born with, similar to a large nose. Or, the problem can develop over time after weight loss, childbirth, or as part of the aging process. The goal of a labiaplasty procedure is to reduce the labia minor so they do not hang below the outer labia, or labia majora.
As a woman, Dr. Claire Duggal appreciates the sensitive and discreet nature of this procedure. Many women are unaware that surgical treatment can correct this uncomfortable issue. But as the word spreads, more and more women are requesting the procedure.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size or change the shape of the labia minora, the inner pair of “lips” surrounding the vagina. (The outer labia, which grow hair, are called the labia majora. In some cases, Dr. Duggal can perform labiaplasty to reduce the size of the labia majora.) The procedure can also correct asymmetry between the labia for a more even appearance.
Why You Might Consider Labiaplasty
Women choose to undergo labiaplasty for several very personal reasons. The procedure can:
- help reduce discomfort or pain from twisting and tugging of the labia while exercising, riding a bike, or wearing tight clothing
- prevent pain and tearing of the tissue when the labia get pulled into the vagina during sex
- eliminate the risk of the labia coming out of a bathing suit or underwear
- improve the overall appearance of the labia
- improve the symmetry between the labia
Everyone should note that there is tremendous variety in the size and appearance of the inner and outer labia, and no “ideal” appearance. You should certainly consider labiaplasty if you are uncomfortable with how your labia look, but everyone should understand that the procedure is designed to make your own personal anatomy more discreet. Depending on the size and shape of your labia majora, clitoral hood, and labia minora each outcome will be individual. Please see our before/after gallery to examples of unique anatomy.
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How Is Labiaplasty Performed?
Dr. Duggal most often performs labiaplasty under local anesthesia. This is done in the privacy of our West Annapolis procedure room. A strong numbing cream is first applied to the whole vaginal area for about 30 minutes prior to the procedure. Dr. Duggal then uses a tiny needle to add injectable numbing medicine which eliminates any discomfort. Patients often choose to use our ProNox machine for added relaxation during the procedure. If you have the procedure done under local anesthesia, you will be able to drive yourself home after. For patients who prefer, labiaplasty can be done under sedation or general anesthesia. If it is combined with other procedures, Dr. Duggal usually recommends general anesthesia.
While you are sedated, she uses one of two surgical approaches:
Both approaches restore a more tailored and discreet appearance to the labia minora, and she will discuss with you during your consultation which approach is more appropriate for your individual anatomy.
The procedure usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes. All sutures are dissolvable, although some may be trimmed during follow-up appointments.
What to Expect in Recovery
Cold packs and anti-inflammatory pain medication will help you manage swelling and discomfort for the first few days following surgery. You’ll be able to resume light activity one or two days after surgery, but can expect to have some bruising and swelling for another week or two. Some residual swelling may last for up to six months.
Most patients take a week off from work. After four to six weeks, you can resume wearing tampons, exercising more strenuously, and having intercourse.
Dr. Duggal will schedule follow-up visits with you to ensure you are healing well.
Commonly Asked Questions About Labiaplasty
Good candidates for labiaplasty, as with all plastic surgery procedures, are in good health, do not smoke (or are able to quit smoking for three weeks before and three weeks after the procedure), and have realistic expectations for what the surgery can do. In your consultation with Dr. Duggal, she can explain whether the procedure will address your specific concerns.
The risks associated with labiaplasty include those of most surgical procedures, which include bleeding, infection, and wound healing complications. Those risks are low, and you can minimize them by carefully following post-operative instructions. Dr. Duggal will talk more with you regarding your specific risks from surgery during your consultation.
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The Sandel Duggal Center for Plastic Surgery is one of the top plastic surgery practices in Maryland, and Dr. Claire Duggal has extensive experience in cosmetic procedures for women. Schedule a consultation to learn whether labiaplasty might benefit you, and to find out why Dr. Duggal’s patients rate her so highly. Contact us online or call 410-266-7120.