Labia majoraplasty is a type of aesthetic vaginal surgery (AVS) designed to reshape the outer lips of your vagina.
What Is Labia Majoraplasty?
In some women, the external lips of the vagina can become elongated, bulge or appear asymmetrical. The outer lips, known as the labia majora, may look this way from birth or develop due to childbirth, aging or weight loss. During a labia majoraplasty, the gynecologic surgeon will remove excess skin to reduce and reshape the labia majora.
Labia Majoraplasty Candidates
Labia majoraplasty is an elective procedure that can improve appearance and reduce discomfort. Excess skin in the labia majora can create sagging and wrinkles. In some cases, enlarged labia can be visible in tight clothing, such as swimsuits, leggings and leotards. In addition to aesthetic issues, it may be uncomfortable to wear tight clothing due to excessive sweating or rubbing. Labia majoraplasty can also be performed to correct tearing and scarring from rings or studs.
Your gynecologic surgeon will remove the excess skin and some underlying tissue from the labia majora and then shrink and firm the remaining tissue to leave you with a tighter, more youthful appearance. This outpatient procedure will take approximately an hour. However, the labia majoraplasty may require more time if you elect to have other procedures in the same surgery.
Recovering from a Labia Majoraplasty
Immediately following the procedure, it is common to experience bruising, swelling and soreness. It may take several weeks for the tissue to heal and swelling to subside before you are able to see full results.
You should plan on spending three to four days at home. After that time, you will be able to return to work and light activities. Six to eight weeks after the procedure your gynecologic surgeon will release you to resume normal activities.
Ask your gynecologic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.