Arizona Specialized Gynecology

Vulvovaginal Disease Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ

When you have enlarged labia folds, you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. The condition may hinder your sexual enjoyment. If you’ve been thinking about treatment, Arizona Specialized Gynecology in Phoenix, Arizona, provides labiaplasty, a surgical procedure to reduce the size of your labia. Find out more by calling the practice today or booking a consultation online with Joseph Brooks, MD.

Labiaplasty Q & A

What are enlarged labia?

Labia are the folds of sensitive tissue surrounding your vagina. Your labia is made up of outer folds, or the labia majora, and inner folds, the labia minora. Aging and other factors can affect these important structures of your body.

Over time, you may notice your labia minora feel loose and hang beyond your outer labia. Enlarged and loose labia may block the opening to your vagina or interfere with your clitoral hood, affecting your enjoyment of sex.

What are the symptoms of enlarged labia?

Long or loose labia may interfere with normal daily activities and can cause itching and irritation. You may notice the labia are:

  • Affecting your comfort
  • Causing pain during sex
  • Falling out of your underwear or swimsuit

Left untreated, your enlarged labia may harm your self-confidence.

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to trim excess skin from the labial area. It’s the most commonly performed vaginal revitalization surgery, with patients in multiple studies reporting satisfaction rates above 90% after labiaplasty.

The goal of labiaplasty is to reduce the size of your labia minora, so the folds of tissue no longer extend beyond the outer labia. Labiaplasty also corrects asymmetry, such as when one labia is longer than the other.

What happens during labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty typically may be performed using two different surgical techniques, the trim procedure or the wedge procedure.

Trim procedure

The most common form of labiaplasty, the trim procedure involves removing excess tissue from your labia minora and then closing the incision. Trim labiaplasty generally allows for a quicker recovery than the wedge procedure.

Wedge procedure

This involves removing a pie-shaped piece of tissue of your labia minora, and sometimes removing extra folds of the clitoral hood at the same time. The incision typically is closed with absorbable sutures.

After discussing your desired results with you, Dr. Brooks recommends the right type of procedure.

What happens after labiaplasty?

You’ll experience pain and swelling, which you can relieve by elevating your vaginal area and placing a cold pack between your underpants and an elastic garment, like Spanx.

You usually can resume sexual relations and begin wearing tampons again after 4-6 weeks. Most swelling subsides by six weeks, but you may have some residual swelling for up to six months.

If enlarged labia are making you uncomfortable or self-conscious, perhaps it’s time to see whether labiaplasty is right for you. Call Arizona Specialized Gynecology today or book a consultation online.