Labiaplasty Q & A
What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that Dr. Stern uses to shorten the length of your labia. Longer labia can cause you a number of issues because you feel them throughout your day. Many women with longer labia report discomfort while riding a bike, having sex, or simply sitting down. The labia may get irritated or itchy. What’s more, the sensation that the labia are being pulled or twisted as you move throughout your day can range from mildly uncomfortable to outright painful.
Even if your longer labia don’t cause you any physical discomfort, they can also get in the way of your self-confidence. Many women feel less than their best because they’re concerned their longer labia make their vaginal area look abnormal. A labiaplasty is an effective way to shorten the length of your labia, and Dr. Stern specializes in this procedure. She leaves you with a natural-looking vaginal appearance.
What should I expect from my labiaplasty?
After your labiaplasty, your labia minora won’t extend past your labia majora. Because the labia majora will now encase the labia minora, any sensations of pulling, twisting, or other irritation will be eliminated. And you’ll be able to wear a swimsuit with confidence.
The procedure itself is relatively minor. Dr. Stern offers either localized anesthesia or general anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable during the entire surgery.
Because the surgery site is directly accessible without incisions, the healing process is relatively short and minor.
The resulting pain and swelling can usually be managed with ice and pain relievers. Most patients don’t need to take more than a week off work. And you can generally resume having sex and using tampons in four to six weeks.
Is labiaplasty right for me?
If you’re aware of your labia, it’s worth having a conversation with Dr. Stern about them. As a seasoned gynecologist and labiaplasty specialist, she can help you make the right decision for your body and for your health and cosmetic goals.
She can also talk through the procedure in detail with you so you know exactly what to expect should you choose to undergo labiaplasty.
Dr. Stern and the entire team at Stern Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare are dedicated to helping you feel comfortable and confident. If you think a labiaplasty would support that goal, don’t hesitate to call them or book your appointment online.