Labia Reduction (Labiaplasty)
Aesthetic surgery of the female genitalia is becoming more popular as social acceptance of these cosmetic and reconstructive procedures continues toward mainstream. Usually secondary to childbirth, enlarged labia can also be genetic in origin. Reduction Labiaplasty is a procedure for women who have a problem with large labia minora or asymmetric labia. Labiaplasty involves the reduction of large labia to reduce their outward appearance and correct shape irregularities. In addition to the aesthetic outcome which by itself can greatly enhance self-esteem, better local hygiene, relief of chronic irritations and less interference with sexual intercourse have been seen as the main benefits.
In general, the procedure involves the surgical removal of the excess, protuberant tissue while maintaining the natural contours of the labia without visible scarring. In some cases, the excess tissue extends above the clitoral hood which can also be reduced. The actual the incision depends on the specific anatomy but uniformly heals well with no visible scars. The newest technique involves removal of central wedge the tissue thereby preserving the natural edge of the labia (Alter central-wedge technique). Other ancillary procedures can also involve contouring the labia majora or mons area, often using minimally invasive techniques such as ultrasonic liposuction or autologous fat grafting. In most instances, reduction labiaplasty can be performed under local anesthesia in the office with minimal post-operative discomfort and quick return to work.