Labia majora reduction surgery is performed by Minneapolis labiaplasty surgeon Dr. Harrington and her skilled all-female plastic surgery team to reduce the size and improve the shape of the labia majora (the outer lips of the vagina). This surgery reduces the bulkiness and redundant skin of the labia majora, a condition that is often referred to as labia majora hypertrophy (overgrowth). Labia majora reduction surgery can also treat asymmetry, a condition in which one labium is a different size and/or shape than the other.
Labia majora hypertrophy and asymmetry are hereditary conditions that tend to worsen over time due to aging and childbirth.
Although excessively large labia majora may cause some genital pain, most women undergo surgery to address aesthetic concerns. Elongated or asymmetrical labia majora can make women extremely self-conscious about the beauty of their genital area, thereby affecting their self-esteem and love life. In some cases, the labia may appear as a visible bulge in the crotch area, which limits the selection of attractive and feminine attire.
As an extremely qualified labia reduction Minneapolis / St. Paul female plastic surgeon, Dr. Harrington is well-versed in several labia majora reduction surgery techniques. For patients who suffer from minor labia majora overgrowth, in which the primary concern is "fatty" labia, Dr. Harrington can utilize liposuction alone to deliver satisfying results.
However, patients who have a more severe case of labia majora overgrowth, characterized by excess, sagging skin and fat, may require the more complex labia majora reduction surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Harrington surgically removes an elliptically (football) shaped section from the inner surface of each labium. If necessary, excess skin is also excised, and the labia majora are sculpted into a less prominent and more aesthetically pleasing shape. The incisions are made in the spaces between the labia majora and the labia minora, where they are difficult to detect after surgery.
If asymmetry is an issue, only one labium is treated, and Dr. Harrington's goal is to sculpt the labium so that it resembles the other as closely as possible. She is also a qualified St. Paul / Minneapolis labia reduction surgeon.
After labia majora surgery, patients are asked to stay at home and rest for up to five days. Mild swelling, bruising and bleeding are common and resolve gradually, often within one week. A sanitary pad is worn during this time due to postoperative bleeding. Mild pain medicine and antibiotics are prescribed for maximum patient comfort. Light physical activity can be resumed within five to seven days. Sexual intercourse, exercise and other strenuous activities are restricted for up to six weeks. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to ensure proper healing.
Please visit our photo gallery and FAQs page to learn more about labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation surgery in St. Paul / Minneapolis, MN. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrington, please call us at (651) 290-7600.
At her all-female staffed plastic surgery clinic, Dr. Harrington offers a range of other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the face, body and breasts. To learn more, please visit www.harringtonplasticsurgery.com.