The labia are one of the most common areas of concern for women. Whether due to previous childbirth or just genetics, some women may have asymmetrical or overlong labia. It is for this reason that labiaplasty is the number one most common form of vaginal rejuvenation. This procedure is designed to reshape and decrease the length of the labia minora. Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham is double board-certified in plastic surgery and general surgery, making her an expert in numerous surgical procedures, including labiaplasty. Women throughout New Jersey of almost all age groups have put their trust in her to correct their labia into something that is more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.
What Is a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure meant to reduce the length of the labia minora in an effort to give it a tighter, sleeker appearance. In addition, this procedure can also alleviate symptoms some women may be experiencing from overlong labia, such as twisting or tugging of the labia when sitting.
There are three possible techniques when it comes to labiaplasty, each with its own unique set of goals. They are as follows:
Trim Technique: In this method, the outer edge of the labia minora is trimmed away until it is perfectly lined up with the labia majora. We opt to use this technique when only slight adjustments need to be made. Additionally, it is the least invasive method, granting many of our patients a shorter recovery time.
Wedge Technique: As its name implies, the wedge technique removes a pie-shaped slice of labial tissue. The remaining labia minora is then stitched back together using absorbable sutures in order to create a natural shape. This method not only removes a greater portion of the vaginal lips, but it also maintains its authentic lining and color.
Clitoral Hood Reduction: Some women can naturally have excess tissue surrounding the clitoris, which can make it challenging for women to achieve orgasm – or even receive satisfactory stimulation – during sex. By excising this extraneous tissue, we can uncover more of the clitoris, making it easier for patients to enjoy sexual intercourse.
Should I Get a Labiaplasty?
Twisting, tugging, itching, irritation, and self-consciousness are just a few of the reasons why women choose to undergo a labiaplasty. However, if you’re unhappy with the appearance or feeling of your labia in any way, it could be beneficial to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ramanadham in our New Jersey practice to discuss your issues in depth. Labial asymmetry is a common problem for many women that we are easily able to correct. Additionally, many women simply want the length of both labia reduced for increased comfort and aesthetics. These changes can occur naturally and with age, but many women find them to be especially prevalent after childbirth.
Will Labiaplasty Affect Future Childbirth?
Traditionally, potential patients should not intend to have any more children in the future when considering vaginal rejuvenation treatment. However, the labia are not under a considerable amount of pressure during the birthing process, which makes it possible to undergo a labiaplasty even if you might still have plans to have additional children. If childbirth does, in fact, affect the length of the labia, patients can simply undergo another labiaplasty in order to correct the problem. It should be noted, however, that this procedure can only be performed a finite number of times before there is not enough tissue left to safely remove. For this reason, we do usually recommend that patients wait until after they’ve finished building their family, though it is not a requirement.
A labiaplasty is an incredible way to restore much of the appearance and comfort of your vagina. Our team is highly trained in performing this procedure in order to ensure the utmost safety and greatest results for our patients. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham in our New Jersey office today to discuss your issues and questions in greater detail.