Labia Majora Reduction
Although excessively large labia majora may cause discomfort or even pain, most women make the decision to undergo this surgery for aesthetic concerns. Elongated or asymmetrical labia majora can make women extremely self-conscious and adversely affect their self-esteem and love life.
In some cases, the labia may appear as a visible bulge in the crotch area, which limits certain clothing choices like swimsuits or yoga pants.
Labia majora reduction surgery is performed 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.
Labia majora reduction surgery can also treat asymmetry, a condition in which one labium is a different size and/or shape than the other.
What causes large labia majora?
Labia majora hypertrophy and asymmetry are hereditary conditions that tend to worsen over time due to aging and childbirth.
How is labia majora reduction surgery performed?
There are several labia majora reduction surgery techniques.
For patients who suffer from minor labia majora overgrowth, in which the primary concern is “fatty” or large labia, Dr. Harrington can utilize liposuction alone to deliver satisfying results.
However, patients who have a more severe case 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.
What to Expect After Surgery
After labia majora reduction 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 post-operative 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.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrington, please call us at (651) 290-7600.
The specific risks and the suitability of labia majora reduction surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation at our Minneapolis plastic surgery office. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. The information on this Twin Cities plastic surgeons’ website is not a substitute for a consultation. Call us at (651) 290-7600 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary personal consultation with Dr. Jennifer Harrington.