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Enlarged labia can interfere with your sex life, making intercourse difficult or even unpleasant. In addition, large labia can cause discomfort during certain athletic activities, especially riding bicycles or horses. On top of all that, many women just do not like the appearance of enlarged labia. If you would like to change the shape or size of your labia for any reasons, there is help available. A Wilton labiaplasty surgeon could reduce the size of your labia so you are more comfortable with and confident about the appearance of your genitals. Contact a caring gynecologist and schedule an appointment to discuss your potential medical options.

Structure of the Labia

Also known as the vulvar lips, the labia consist of the larger labia majora and the smaller labia minora. The former is comparable to the male scrotum, in that they protect the other parts of the female genitalia. When a female enters puberty, hair will appear on the labia majora.

The labia minora surround the urethral and vaginal openings. While the labia majora has skin much like the rest of the body, the labia minora has a mucous membrane lining.

In some women, the labia grow over time. This condition is known as labial hypertrophy and may occur after childbirth or as a woman ages. Among other functions, a labiaplasty can correct labial hypertrophy.

Basics of Labiaplasty Surgery

During a labiaplasty, the labia minora is reduced so it no longer hangs below the labia majora. Alternatively, many women seek labiaplasty so that their labia are more symmetrical, or they want the size of both labia lessened so they no longer interfere with clothing or athletics.

There are two basic forms of labiaplasty, each of which is performed under either local or general anesthesia as an outpatient service. In the trim procedure, the surgeon simply removes excess tissue and immediately sews the area back up. This is often used to address labia tissue that patients consider to be excessive or visually unappealing. However, this procedure generally has a long recovery time.

With the wedge procedure, a triangular piece of tissue is removed in order to address a selected portion of the labia. This technique often results in less downtime and a less noticeable scar, but it also can only be directed at one specific area at a time instead of the entire labia. Arrange for a medical consultation with a reliable Wilton labiaplasty surgeon to discuss the potential options.

Labiaplasty Recovery

Expect to take a week off work—as well as from normal strenuous activities—after a labiaplasty. As with most surgeries, there is swelling and some pain right after the procedure, but the use of cold compresses and pain medication for several days should help alleviate the problem. It is also advisable to wear loose clothing to keep moisture in the vulva to a minimum.

Patients should avoid vaginal intercourse for up to six weeks after surgery. The Wilton labiaplasty surgeon could let each patient know when sexual relations may resume after a follow-up examination. In the meantime, patients should not use tampons during menstrual periods until the doctor gives clearance. Labiaplasty is not performed during menstrual periods because the risk of infection increases during this time. If someone has any questions about the recovery period, they should consult with an experienced doctor.

Side Effects and Contraindications

As with any surgery, there is always the risk of infection and excessive bleeding after a labiaplasty. There is also a small risk of scarring.

Certain women should not undergo labiaplasty. These include women who have been diagnosed with a still active sexually transmitted disease and those with urogenital cancer. Pregnant women must wait until after childbirth to have the surgery performed.

Let a Labiaplasty Surgeon in Wilton Help

If you would like more information regarding labiaplasty, contact Wilton labiaplasty surgeon, Dr. Edward Jacobson. He is available for consultations in his Greenwich office with anyone in Wilton who wants to explore their options. During this meeting, Dr. Jacobson could explain the procedure and answer any of your questions. Call today to get started.