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Enlarged labia sometimes make it difficult to wear pants comfortably. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure for women who are bothered by long, hanging labia minora tissue. Running, swimming, sexual intercourse and wearing leggings can cause pain when your labia minora are long.
You did nothing to cause this — it is in your genetics. This condition causes discomfort and makes women self-conscious about their appearance. Labiaplasty is where your plastic surgeon reshapes the labia minora to remove the excess hanging tissue.
Women often ask Dr. Tannan in hushed tones about Labiaplasty. Your well-being is not something to be shy about. Now, not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. If you have long labia that bother you, then Labiaplasty could be right for you. Naturally, you have some questions about Labiaplasty. Read below to learn more about Labiaplasty surgery, anesthesia and recovery.
How is Labiaplasty performed?
Labiaplasty is a reshaping of the excess redundant labia minora tissue. This plastic surgery procedure does not involve any internal work on the vagina. Instead the procedure focuses on the external labia, or vaginal lips, that can hang and sag.
Plastic surgery to reduce the hanging labia can be performed using one of two techniques.
- Trim Labiaplasty is where Dr. Tannan cuts out the outer edge of your labia minora. In this technique she directly cuts out the tissue that hangs down. She then sews the edges with absorbable sutures or stitches. Labiaplasty stitches do not need to be removed.
- Wedge Labiaplasty is when the outer edges are not removed, but a triangle or wedge is cut out from the middle of the labia. Then those two cut edges are sewn back together. These stitches after Labiaplasty do not need to be removed, your body will absorb them.
After you and Dr. Tannan discuss your goals, then she will examine you in the office. She will show you the extra tissue that hangs, what in her experience can safely be removed. She will go over the Labiaplasty technique she would recommend for you.