Improving The Appearance And Function Of The Labia With Labiaplasty

Dr. Kiran Gill is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with specialty fellowship training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. In 2018, she founded Aesthetics in Plastic Surgery by Kiran Gill, MD – the only female-owned premier boutique plastic surgery and aesthetic practice in Southwest Florida. Dr. Gill and her team offer surgical and non-surgical options for both men and women including face, breast, and body rejuvenation procedures as well as a variety of non-invasive skin and spa treatments in a private, tranquil, state-of-the-art environment.

Haute Beauty expert Dr. Kiran Gill discusses how a labiaplasty decreases the size of the labia minora making it functionally and aesthetically pleasing.

LabiaplastyPhoto Credit: ShutterstockHB: What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to decrease the size of the labia minora (inner tissues of the female genitalia). Many women have elongated and hypertrophied tissue that is functionally and even aesthetically displeasing. While there are different techniques, the wedge technique is most often utilized in my patients. Our team will work with our patients to determine what their goals are and to ensure we deliver the best, most natural, customized results possible.

HB: Who is a good candidate for labiaplasty?

In my experience, good candidates for labiaplasty or those women who either have functional or aesthetic concerns that can be addressed by reducing the size of the labia to create symmetry and/or functional improvement.

HB: What is the procedure like?

Labiaplasty is performed in an outpatient setting using either local anesthesia or IV sedation. During the procedure, labial tissue is trimmed in a precise manner, and take care to remove just enough excess tissue so that adequate stretch is retained in the remaining tissue. Incisions are placed in concealed locations and closed using dissolvable sutures. I typically complete the entire procedure in one to two hours, depending on how much labial repair is required. Patients will have limited activity for 2-4 weeks after the procedure and most patients require little to no pain medication.

LabiaplastyPhoto Credit: ShutterstockHB: Will there be any scarring?

Any time a surgical incision is made, there will be a resulting scar. However, due to the natural folds and wrinkles of the labia, scarring from labiaplasty is easily disguised.

HB: What is recovery like?

Following labiaplasty, there will be some discomfort, swelling, and bruising that can last a few days. I advise my patients to avoid prolonged standing and strenuous physical activity for approximately one week. Pain medication is prescribed, and patients are counseled to use ice packs, wear loose clothing and use absorbent pads for the initial phase of recovery.

My patients can expect to resume their regular routine in a week but should avoid strenuous exercise and sexual activity for about 4-6 weeks.

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