ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT LABIAPLASTY

 

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is the surgical alteration in the appearance of the labia minora or the smaller and thinner lips of the vagina. This can be done with sharp excision, laser, cautery, radiofrequency devices.

Why do the labia grow?

There are many reasons why labia grow. Some women are born with larger or uneven labia, and some grow during puberty as the hormonal environment as the body changes. labia can change during and after pregnancy with increased blood flow to the genitalia as well as hormonal changes. Vaginal delivery can cause tears in the labia and sometimes poor healing can change the appearance of the labia. Age can also result in some sagginess and extension of the labia. Even recurrent rubbing of the labia by clothing can cause overgrowth. Darkening color of the labia can also occur with these changes. 

Can sex result in labia growth?

No. 

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What is normal labia?

Labia minora, like our other body parts, can be large or small, even or uneven, short or long, and light or dark color. As long as they are acceptable to the person’s body and not causing any issues then they are normal. 

Why is labiaplasty done?

In the majority of cases, labiaplasty is done to alter the shape of the labia as per patient’s desires or correct significant discrepancies in size and shape between the two lips. It is also done to remove the darkened portions of the labia or to repair a delivery scar. Then there are cases where the overgrowth of the labia minora is uncomfortable, causes recurrent vaginal and vulvar infections, causes pain during intercourse, or gets irritated with tight clothing. Labiaplasty is also performed when the enlarged labia make wearing a bathing suit and lingerie visually unappealing to the person. 

What can I expect during the consultation with Dr. Tahery?

Our many years of experience have shown that one size does not fit all. During the consultation, a detailed evaluation of the vulva is performed and patient concerns are fully discussed. Size, color, symmetry, and tissue quality are evaluated. Once the patient’s concerns are fully understood and the scope of the patient’s desires are clear then treatment options are discussed in detail.  Surgical and medical recommendations are made by Dr. Tahery and patient input is requested at every level for an optimal treatment plan. Risks, benefits, and medications are discussed. The next step is to schedule the procedure and create the results the patient is looking for. 

How is the labiaplasty performed?

Many techniques and sometimes a combination of techniques are used to achieve the best aesthetic and functional results for the labia and the best results are achieved in the hands of an expert. Dr. Tahery has performed labiaplasty surgeries for over 20 years and has developed many techniques for creating the best results. 

Prior to the operation the area of the operation is marked and reviewed with the patient. This procedure is usually performed with local anesthetic but sometimes general anesthesia can be used as well. Once the perfect anesthesia is achieved meticulous technique is used to redesign the labia to the patient’s expectations. Very fine suturing with self-absorbing sutures are used to leave the least trace of surgery to close the edges of the labia. 

At the end of the operation, discharge instructions are reviewed and the patient is discharged home.

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Where does Dr. Tahery perform labiaplasty operations?

Labiaplasty procedures are performed in our Glendale and Los Angeles locations. Our surgical centers are equipped, certified, and designed for cosmetic vaginal procedures. They are also easily accessible by patients from nearby areas such as Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Hollywood, Pasadena, North Hollywood, and Studio City.

How long is the recovery from a labiaplasty?

Most women can return to their usual activities within a few days. Restrictions are avoiding any activity that could potentially disrupt the suture lining. Full healing occurs in 6 weeks at which time a patient may engage in all activities. 

Can labiaplasty be performed with other cosmetic procedures?

The best results are sometimes achieved by also reducing the clitoral hood and a perineoplasty. Sometimes the best solution is also to perform a labia majora puffing to create symmetry. One size does not fit all. Dr. Tahery, as an expert surgeon, can design and recommend a perfect solution for your cosmetic needs. 

Why is Dr. Tahery the best surgeon to perform a labiaplasty?

Dr. Tahery as a urogynecologist, practicing cosmetic and complex vaginal reconstruction repairs for more than 20 years, is the perfect surgeon to help you achieve the best cosmetic labiaplasty results possible.