Healthy Vagina

Arizona Specialized Gynecology

Joseph Brooks, MD

Vulvovaginal Disease Specialist located in Phoenix, AZ

If you’ve been experiencing discomfort due to enlarged or loose labia, you’re not alone. Arizona Specialized Gynecology specializes in services for vaginal health and provides treatment to reduce the size of your labia. A specialist in gynecological vulvovaginal diseases, Joseph Brooks, MD, makes your female wellness his goal. Get the care you deserve to promote a healthy vagina by calling the Phoenix office or scheduling a consultation online.

Healthy Vagina Q & A

How can I maintain a healthy vagina?

A healthy vagina is surrounded by folds of sensitive tissue called the labia. Your labia has two parts: the outer folds are the labia majora, while the inner folds are the labia minora. These structures help you maintain a healthy vagina.

Aging and other factors can affect these important structures. Enlarged labia may feel uncomfortable and affect your self-confidence. Enlarged labia hinder your sexual enjoyment by interfering with your clitoral hood or blocking the lower opening of your vagina, affecting your healthy vagina.

You may notice certain symptoms from enlarged or loose labia. The labia may:

  • Cause pain during intercourse
  • Catch on your clothing
  • Fall out of your swimsuit
  • Affect your comfort

The unpleasant feelings associated with long or loose labia may damage your self-confidence or sexual intimacy. If you’d like to reduce your labia to promote a healthy vagina, Dr. Brooks at Arizona Specialized Gynecology offers a surgical treatment called labiaplasty.

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a reconstructive procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora. The most commonly performed vaginal revitalization surgery, labiaplasty may relieve unpleasant symptoms due to twisting and tugging on your labia.

The goal of labiaplasty is to reduce the labia minora, so the tissues no longer hang below labia majora. Labiaplasty also can reduce asymmetry, such as when one labia is longer than the other.

What happens during labiaplasty?

Dr. Brooks first discusses your goals and surgical options. He may perform your treatment with one of two surgical techniques for labiaplasty. One is the trim procedure, while the other is the wedge procedure.

Trim procedure

The trim procedure is the most common type of labiaplasty. Dr. Brooks surgically removes a portion of your labia minora, and then closes the incision. This form of labiaplasty typically provides you with a quicker recovery than the wedge procedure.

Wedge procedure

During this procedure, Dr. Brooks removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue from your labia minora. He also may remove extra folds of the clitoral hood before closing your incision with absorbable sutures.

Dr. Brooks recommends the right type of procedure after discussing your desired results with you. Women are typically very happy with their procedure, as patients in multiple studies have reported satisfaction rates of over 90 percent after labiaplasty.

If you’re ready to learn more about promoting a healthy vagina with labiaplasty, call Arizona Specialized Gynecology today or book a consultation online.