Labia Minora Reduction
Large labia minora (the inner vaginal lips) tend to run in families, but aging, hormonal changes and childbirth can also cause the labia minora to become larger or go through other changes in shape and size. When these folds are oversized or elongated, you may experience problems with irritation and rubbing, or worry that your private anatomy may be visible in close-fitting clothes or swimwear. Larger labia minora may also affect function and be aesthetically unappealing. Labia minora reduction helps bring the labia minora into harmony with the labia majora (the outer vaginal lips) by reshaping and resizing the folds for an enhanced appearance and improved function.
Labia minora reduction can improve both aesthetic concerns and physical comfort. Minneapolis-St. Paul plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington of Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery specializes in gynecological plastic surgery, helping women from throughout Minnesota feel better about their appearance.
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 Minora Reduction
Women who have large or asymmetrical labia minora may experience emotional and physical concerns that impact their overall quality of life as a result. Some women feel self-conscious about the aesthetics of their labia and may feel hesitant or embarrassed to engage in sexual intimacy, especially with a new partner. Oversized labia minora may even cause physical discomfort or pain during sex and other physical activities. Although rare, some women who have larger labia minora may feel uncomfortable or experience agonizing pain after sitting for an extended period of time.
Elongated labia minora can put you at a greater risk for injuries and your labia and vaginal area may be more likely to become dry, irritated, infected and swollen because the labia minora can’t properly protect the vagina. Hygiene may also be challenging and you may suffer from frequent and painful urinary tract infections.
Labia minora reduction can improve the health, function and aesthetics of the most sensitive area of your body, give you a boost of confidence, help you feel more comfortable in all aspects of your life and enjoy greater sexual satisfaction.
Your Labia Minora Reduction Procedure
For the best results, Dr. Harrington considers each woman’s unique anatomy and the degree of enlargement or asymmetry and picks the best technique to reduce the size of the labia minora. Dr. Harrington may recommend combining labia minora reduction with another type of labiaplasty, labia majora reduction, to sculpt the outer lips of the vulva for a sleeker look.
During your labiaplasty surgery, Dr. Harrington removes excess tissue through tiny incisions and carefully shortens and sculpts the labia minora into a smaller, more symmetrical shape. She closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures and applies an antibiotic cream.
Harrington performs labia minora reductions at her Plymouth office or at an accredited outpatient surgical center. Surgery takes about 1 to 2 hours and you can go home soon after your labia minora reduction.
Labia Minora Reduction Recovery
You may experience mild discomfort, swelling, bruising and bleeding for 5 to 7 days after having labia minora reduction surgery. Although you should avoid tampons for at least 10 days, you can wear a sanitary pad to handle post-op bleeding. Most women feel comfortable returning to work within 3 to 4 days but you shouldn’t engage in sexual activity for 6 weeks.
Harrington provides specific hygiene instructions and prescribes antibiotics for 7 to 10 days to avoid the risk of an infection. Complications are rare and can be easily managed 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 minora reduction may be right for you, please call us at 651-290-7600 or contact us online.