Labial Reduction Surgery
Table of Contents
- Introduction of Labial Reduction Surgery
- Symptoms of Labial Hypertrophy
- Labial Reduction Surgery Procedure
- Who Should Complete YOUR Labial Reduction Surgery?
- Risks and Complications in Labial Reduction Surgery
- Success Rates of Labial Reduction Surgery
- Labial Reduction Surgery Photos
Enlargement of the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) is a true medical condition that affects many women. The medical term for this is called Labial hypertrophy. Many women that have enlarged labia minora that are much larger and protrude beyond the labia majora (the typically larger outer lips) may suffer from multiple symptoms because of this or just may not be comfortable with their appearance. Labial hypertrophy may be congenital in nature and therefore affect young women in their late teens or early twenties, or it may develop later in women after pregnancy and/or vaginal childbirth. The labia may become elongated or stretched out due to hormonal changes or because of labial, the process of one or more vaginal deliveries. In some cases, the labia is very asymmetrical with one labia being much larger than the other one. Regardless of the cause, this condition can be fixed through labiaplasty surgery.
Picture on left demonstrates normal labia and vulvar anatomy. Picture on right shows enlarged labia minora
Symptoms of Labial Hypertrophy
Enlarged labia minora can cause symptoms such as pain or discomfort with activities such as exercise, sexual intercourse or even just with wearing tighter fitting clothes such as jeans. Many women have discomfort with this condition because the enlarged labia rub against tight fitting clothes, get pulled in or out during intercourse, or get irritated when doing activities such as riding a bicycle. Sometimes the enlarged labia can actually have an abnormal appearance and protrude out in tighter fitting clothes or bathing suits. This can be very bothersome and distressful to the woman and can affect her self-esteem. This may be especially true in younger women who are born with larger labia and become very self-conscious because of their appearance through their high school or college years. This can cause insecurity or embarrassment with sexual partners as well. Many women prefer that the inner lips do ! not protrude past the labia majora at all, giving them a much more appealing shape and eliminating many of the symptoms of enlarged labia.
Labial reduction surgery has been featured in women's journals as Cosmopolitan, Bazaar, Glamour, New Woman and others.
Labial Reduction Surgery Procedure
Labial reduction surgery (also called labial contouring or reshaping, cosmetic labiaplasty, labia minora reduction) is a procedure that is completed in an outpatient setting that may be completed under local anesthesia and mild sedation. Dr Miklos and Moore use their expertise as fellowship trained reconstructive vaginal and pelvic surgeons to offer their patients a labiaplasty surgery that is minimally invasive, state-of-the-art and cosmetically very appealing. The labiaplasty procedure reduces uneven or enlarged labia minora without leaving any visible scars. Cosmetic labiaplasty results in a sleeker, thinner appearance of the labia, which is typically more comfortable and appealing in size and shape to the woman. Drs. Moore and Miklos do not just amputate or cut off the enlarged labia through labiaplasty surgery. They actually contour, reshape and reduce the size of the labia, without creating a sca! r on the outer edges (which can result in more discomfort) and leave the labia with their natural pigmentation and a more youthful appearance. In most cases after healing, the cosmetic labiaplasty is undetectable.
Most patients can expect some bruising and mild discomfort following labiaplasty surgery. Ice packs are utilized after labial reduction surgery to help minimize swelling and discomfort, and mild analgesics are also used. If swelling or bruising occurs, it usually is resolved after a week or two. The final optimal results can usually be appreciated several months after cosmetic labiaplasty. Most patients can return to work or school within a day or two after labial reduction surgery; however, strenuous physical activity is discouraged and patients are to refrain from sexual intercourse for 6 weeks after labial reduction surgery.
Many patients travel in from out of town/state to have the labiaplasty procedure completed and just make one trip. Our office and labial reduction surgical facilities are set up for this and are conveniently located near several hotels (see link to area hotels). A consultation and physical exam is completed in the office the day prior to the procedure, and then most patients stay in the local area for one or two days after surgery prior to traveling home.
The labiaplasty surgery can also be completed in conjunction or at the same time as other procedures if necessary, such as vaginoplasty (repairing vaginal relaxation that may occur after child-birth), urinary incontinence procedures, perineoplasty (repair of a relaxed perineal body or restoring the normal tone of the opening of the vagina), laparoscopic reconstructive or prolapse procedures or even vaginal hysterectomy.
Who Should Complete YOUR Labial Reduction Surgery
Dr. Moore and Dr. Miklos are fellowship trained Reconstructive Vaginal and Pelvic Surgeons. This means that they trained for several years in advanced reconstructive surgical techniques after their residency to become specialists in this field. Their practice is dedicated to restoring the normal function and anatomy of the pelvic floor and vagina. They are considered experts in the field of minimally invasive Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. This means that they treat patients with the most severe forms of vaginal prolapse, including patients that have had multiple failed surgeries in the past. They are considered pioneers in this field as well, having been some of the first to study and utilize graft materials to help reconstruct vaginas and decrease failure rates. Patients are sent from all over the United States by other gynecologists, urologists and surgeons to Drs. Miklos and Moore! . Surgeons travel in from all over the country and the world from places such as Italy , India , Russia , Chile , and France to learn their surgical techniques. Therefore, it only makes sense that you would want surgeons with their expertise and training to perform this type of sensitive surgery on the labia and vagina. Many other surgeons claim expertise in cosmetic labiaplasty; however, their expertise may just be a weekend course, and not years of formal training. Just as General Plastic Surgeons are the experts on breast reconstructive procedures or facelifts or tummy tucks (they typically have no training in vaginal surgery), fellowship trained Urogynecologists such as Drs. Miklos and Moore are considered the experts in vaginal reconstructive surgery.
Because ot their expertise and because they are considered the leading experts in the field of cosmetic vaginal surgery, Dr Miklos and Moore recently were asked to be Chairmen of the first ever Global Symposium on Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery at the 2010 American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. They also were invited and recently published the first ever Chapter in the field of cosmetic vaginal surgery in one of the worlds leading textbooks on Vaginal Surgery and Female Urology. This was the first time a chapter on this topic was ever included in this esteemed Textbook and Dr Moore and Miklos were chosen as the ones to author this chapter. Again, this demonstrates their dedication to the field and the fact that they are considered the world’s leading experts in this area by not only patients but also their peers.
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Risks and Complications in Labial Reduction Surgery
As with any surgery, there are potential risks for complications with cosmetic labiaplasty. The most common risks are the same risks seen in most surgery and include bleeding, infection and scarring. Patients are given antibiotics prior to the labiaplasty surgery, which results in a very low risk of infection. In most cases of labial reduction surgery, if an infection occurs post-operatively, it is minimal in nature and taken care of with a short course of oral antibiotics. Bleeding is also a rare risk in labiaplasty; however, it can occur with any surgery or could occur post-operatively if strenuous activity or intercourse is begun to early. Problems with healing, such as incision separation, under or over correction, scarring and/or pain following the surgery, are also rare risks. However, they can occur as with any vaginal surgery and may require further surgery or revision. The risk of any of these! problems is less than 1% and is also decreased when experienced and competent surgeons are performing the procedures of labial reduction.
Success Rates of Labial Reduction Surgery
Dr. Moore and Dr. Miklos have excellent success and satisfaction rates with their patients that undergo cosmetic labiaplasty. Most women have a resolution of the symptoms that they may have been suffering from, such as discomfort in tighter fitting clothes and/or pain with intercourse, and are also very pleased with and feel more positive about their appearance after labial reduction surgery.
Labial Reduction Surgery