Labiaplasty has become one of the trendiest cosmetic procedures to improve female wellness and confidence. But despite its growing popularity, many women don’t know much about it or their labial reduction or reconstruction options.
Below, we will go over what labiaplasty is and what it can do for you.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty (labia minora reduction) is a procedure that reduces the size of the labia minora (inner lips). It can also improve the symmetry of uneven labia. This procedure can benefit women with large or stretched labia minora due to genetics, age, childbirth, and hormonal changes (like menopause).
World-renowned plastic surgeon and urologist Dr. Gary Alter specializes in genital surgical reconstruction, developing the revolutionary Alter “V” wedge labiaplasty technique that minimizes scarring and maintains natural labia color and contouring. This intricately performed technique—adopted by many plastic surgeons worldwide—successfully reduces large labia while offering many benefits that its predecessor (the trim method) cannot, such as maintaining the natural border. It also provides better protection from removing too much tissue.
Can I Benefit From Labia Reduction Surgery?
If you are embarrassed by your enlarged labia, experience daily or sexual discomfort, or simply want to learn more about how labiaplasty can improve your quality of life, keep reading.
1. Increased Confidence
Many women experience daily insecurity about the shape and size of their enlarged labia, preventing them from enjoying many aspects of life. Issues that women with enlarged labia minora face can include fear of a prominent bulge being seen in a swimsuit or yoga pants or self-consciousness during sex.
With labiaplasty, these issues are in the past, and you will feel more confident living the life you love.
2. Eliminate Discomfort
Enlarged labia can cause physical discomfort for women while walking, running, exercising, or engaging in intercourse. The extra skin may chafe, become irritated, or twist with excessive movement, inhibiting daily activities. Labiaplasty removes excess skin that can cause discomfort, relieving you from these irritations.
3. Avoid Embarrassing Contours
Do you avoid tight clothing like leggings, athletic shorts, pants, or snug-fitting jeans for fear of “cameltoe” and bulges? An enlarged labia can become public knowledge with the wrong outfit, leading you to avoid clothing you wish you could wear comfortably.
No woman should feel pressure about her appearance — especially when it comes to a sensitive area like the labia. Corrective labiaplasty will allow you to wear what you want, whenever you want, without worrying if you have a bulge or cameltoe.
4. Improved Hygiene and Health
The labia and vagina are delicate areas of the female body and can be prone to infection and irritation if not properly cared for. Enlarged labia can complicate hygiene, as excess tissue can more easily harbor bacteria, making you more susceptible to infections—no one wants that. Eliminating this excess tissue minimizes your risk of infection, making feminine care more manageable.
5. Improved Sexual Confidence
A happy and healthy sex life is an essential part of your well-being. Excess labial tissue can interfere with intercourse in two ways: causing emotional distress through embarrassment or lack of confidence and causing pain and discomfort through being caught or pinched during sex.
Eliminating these issues can improve your mental, physical, and emotional response to sex, allowing you to enjoy sexual encounters more.
Labiaplasty in Southern California
Dr. Gary Alter is one of the best labiaplasty surgeons in the world — there is no one better to entrust with this life-changing procedure. His dual board certification in plastic surgery and urology and his decades of experience make him uniquely qualified to give his patients fantastic results they would not find anywhere else.
What Is the Labiaplasty Procedure Like?
If you’re interested in labiaplasty with Dr. Alter, you probably want to know what you can expect from surgery. Each procedure begins with a confidential consultation–which can be either in person or virtual, to accommodate out-of-town patients. Dr. Alter will discuss your options, as well as your personal goals. Our team understands that this can be an uncomfortable topic, so we make every effort to make our patients feel comfortable and heard every step of the way.
The surgery itself will vary from patient to patient, depending on the level of necessary revision and your specific goals for the procedure. The surgery takes one to two hours unless you have combined procedures.
More good news: labiaplasty recovery is, perhaps surprisingly, relatively easy and comfortable. Dr. Alter’s central wedge technique and unparalleled surgical skill make recovery a breeze and eliminate the risk of painful scarring. Most patients can return to work a few days after surgery. Aftercare instructions include wearing loose clothing and protecting the surgical site for a few weeks, but no additional care is needed. Sex can be resumed after six weeks.
Can I Combine Labiaplasty with Other Female Wellness Procedures?
Absolutely. Dr. Alter offers a wide range of female sexual wellness and aesthetic procedures that can be easily paired with your labiaplasty, including clitoris and clitoral hood reduction, labia majora reduction, and vaginal rejuvenation with STEMVagé treatments.
If you are tired of feeling uncomfortable and insecure about the look and size of your labia, labiaplasty can greatly improve your quality of life and give you confidence in your body and yourself.
Interested in Labiaplasty in Beverly Hills or New York?
Give us a call at (310) 275-5566 to learn more about labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation with a leading labiaplasty surgeon.