Labia Majora Reduction
When the labia majora (the outer vaginal lips) are overly large or asymmetrical, you may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your personal anatomy and notice adverse affects on your self-esteem and love life. You may experience physical discomfort or pain from oversized labia and worry about having a visible bulge or “camel toe,” especially in a swimsuit or leggings. Labia majora can vary in size, shape and color but genetics, aging and childbirth can change the structure and shape of the folds. Significant weight loss may also leave extra, sagging skin in the labia majora.
Labia majora reduction can improve both aesthetic and functional concerns related to the vulva. Dr. Jennifer Harrington and the all-female team at Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery specialize in gynecological plastic surgery for women from the Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation at our Plymouth office and learn how Dr. Harrington can help you feel more like your most confident self again.
Why Consider Labia Majora Reduction
Larger labia majora can affect many aspects of your life, from chafing or irritation caused simply by walking normally to feeling embarrassed about the appearance of your vulva. You may find yourself changing your routine to avoid physical activities, such as working out or riding a bike, that may cause discomfort or pain and dodging invitations to the beach or yoga with a friend where you would be expected to wear tight clothing. You may even feel uncomfortable physically and emotionally during sexual intimacy.
Frequent irritation may lead to swelling and infection in the labia majora and may affect the health of your vagina. Large labia can trap more moisture, causing yeast infections and problems with odor. Proper hygiene can be difficult and you may have recurring urinary tract infections.
Labia majora reduction may alleviate health problems associated with oversized labia and can help you feel more confident and comfortable about your body while engaging in sex and other physical activities.
Your Labia Majora Reduction Procedure
Labia majora reduction isn’t a set surgical procedure but a set of different techniques to reduce and reshape the labia majora to create smaller folds.
For women with slightly larger labia majora, Dr. Harrington uses liposuction alone to remove excess fat and sculpt sleeker contours in the outer lips. Mons pubis liposuction can also be performed to eliminate the stubborn fatty tissue that sits above the pubic bone.
Labia majora that are much bigger than average may require more complex labia majora reduction surgery. Dr. Harrington removes a football-shaped section from the inner surface of each labium and molds the labia majora into a less prominent, more aesthetically pleasing shape. The procedure is performed through incisions tucked into the crease between the labia majora and the labia minora. Scars should be undetectable or barely visible after surgery.
To address asymmetry, Dr. Harrington focuses solely on the larger labium and reduces the size and shape to match the smaller fold as closely as possible.
Labia Majora Reduction Recovery
You should plan on recuperating at home for 5 to 7 days after having labia majora reduction. Mild swelling, bruising and bleeding are normal and should gradually subside during the first week. You can wear a sanitary pad to manage the bleeding. Dr. Harrington prescribes mild pain medication to assure your comfort and antibiotics to avoid infection.
You can resume light physical activity 5 to 7 days after your labiaplasty and may feel comfortable going back to work. You should avoid sexual intercourse, exercise and other strenuous physical activities for up to 6 weeks depending on Dr. Harrington’s specific recommendation. Dr. Harrington will ensure you are healing properly at follow-up appointments.
At Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery, we make your personal comfort and confidence our top priority, and we take pride in helping each woman to feel her absolute best. For help deciding whether labia majora reduction may be right for you, please call us at 651-290-7600 or contact us online.