Some women have enlarged labia, which can cause physical discomfort as well as self-consciousness or embarrassment during intimate relations. If you are bothered by your labia and want to reduce the size, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty.
If you’d like to learn more about labiaplasty and whether it’s right for you, call New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan or Westchester office. Our board-certified cosmetic gynecologist Dr. Rita Shats will be happy to listen to your concerns and discuss a customized treatment plan.
What Is a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that trims the inner labia to reduce their size and correct asymmetry. While non-surgical options exist that can tighten the labia, a labiaplasty can provide much more dramatic results.
Women who undergo labiaplasty are generally very happy with their results. They find that wearing jeans and tight pants is more comfortable, they have an easier time exercising, and they feel more confident being naked in front of a partner.
Candidates for Labiaplasty
You may be a good candidate for a labiaplasty if:
- You experience discomfort when riding a bike, exercising, or having sex due to the size of your labia
- You feel self-conscious about the size or shape of your labia
- You are in good general health and do not smoke
- You understand the risks of surgery and have realistic expectations
Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications from surgery, so it’s vital that you are a non-smoker or are able to quit for a few weeks both before and after surgery. You should also be in overall good health, with no chronic conditions that could interfere with your healing.
It’s also important to understand that labiaplasty only reduces the size of the labia. It does not tighten the vaginal canal. If you suffer from vaginal laxity as well as large labia, you may benefit from a combination labiaplasty and vaginoplasty.
Dr. Shats will be happy to discuss all of your options during your consultation in order to find the best treatment plan that addresses all of your needs.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
During your recovery from labiaplasty surgery, you can expect some swelling, itching, and general discomfort. We’ll prescribe medication for any pain, and you can manage the itching and swelling with cold compresses and witch hazel. Dr. Shats will give you instructions and advice to help ensure a smooth recovery.
Typically, most women can return to work within the first week. You can resume exercise after 2 to 4 weeks, and you can resume sexual relations after 6 to 8 weeks. Check with Dr. Shats if you’re unsure if you’re healed enough to do any particular activities, like swimming or riding a bike.
Schedule Your Labiaplasty Consultation
If you’re interested in reducing the size of your labia through labiaplasty, call Dr. Rita Shats at New Look New Life today at 855-329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Manhattan, Westchester, and other nearby areas of New York.