Your labia are unique, but if you feel like they get in the way of everyday activities, or if you are unhappy about their appearance, labiaplasty can reshape them. Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG, offers expert labiaplasty surgeries in Los Angeles and Glendale, California. Call Dr. Petrikovets or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about labiaplasty and find out if it’s right for you.
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes your labia minora — the inner lips of your vulva. It’s one of the most common vaginal rejuvenation surgeries. It is often performed to reduce the size of the labia minora and prevent them from protruding outside of the labia majora — the outer lips of your vulva.
Labiaplasty has become increasingly common since 2015 when the American Society of Plastic Surgeons started keeping track of how many labiaplasty procedures are performed annually. Most women report having the surgery to reduce the size of their labia minora for two main reasons.
In some cases, the labia minora are elongated and can get pinched or twisted during activities like riding a bike or even wearing tight jeans. The other reason that some women have labiaplasty is that their inner labia are visible when they wear a bathing suit or leggings.
Whatever your motivation to investigate labiaplasty, Dr. Petrikovets offers expert consultations and surgical procedures to reshape your labia and restore your comfort and confidence.
Dr. Petrikovets provides general anesthesia during your labiaplasty procedure so you can sleep comfortably. There are two surgical techniques he can use: the trim or wedge techniques.
In the trim method, he simply trims away the excess tissue and closes the incision. In the wedge technique, he cuts a pie-shaped wedge of flesh away, maintaining a natural-looking border. Dr. Petrikovets can also trim and reshape the folds of your clitoral hood if necessary. In most cases, he uses absorbable sutures to close any incisions
Labiaplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. Dr. Petrikovets provides personalized aftercare instructions before he releases you to go home and rest.
You should take up to a week off work to rest at home. Dr. Petrikovets may prescribe medicine to manage and postsurgical pain, but you might find that applying ice packs alleviates any discomfort.
You should also avoid strenuous physical activity, sexual intercourse, and tampons for up to six weeks after your labiaplasty to allow your genital tissue enough time to heal.
Call Dr. Petrikovets or schedule an appointment online today to find out if labiaplasty is right for you.