Labiaplasty is the surgical shaping of the female labia minora that surround the introitus or the entrance to the vagina.
Adult women who are unhappy with the size and shape of the labia minora. This is often due to enlarged labia from genetics, chronic irritation, accidents and child birth.
Size and Shape
There is no normal. There is a very large, natural, difference in the size, shape and color of the labia minora. Normal is really what you are comfortable with. While size and shape can be altered by surgery, color cannot. There may be small changes in color from surgery usually with edges becoming more pink in color, but darkening may also occur. This change in color is not in control of the surgeon. If you are concerned about dark color, lightening of color can be done after healing with our PICO laser.
Curvilinear Resection – curvilinear resection involves trimming the edges of the labia minora and is a common technique. – with good reason. It allow precise control over the shape and size of the labia minora. It also will remove the very dark edges of the labia minora that are present in some women.
Wedge Resection – this technique involves removal of a wedge or V-shaped piece of tissue often from the middle of the labia. The cut edges are then sewn together. There are many variations of this technique but they all essentially do the same thing. While it preserves the natural edge shape and coloration of the labia, even in the best of surgeons hands, it can have variable results. Incision breakdown is often higher with wedge resection.
Barbie Resection – this is a technique that removes essentially all of the labia minora. We urge caution before considering this option. It may lead to some potential discomfort and loss of vaginal protection provided by the labia minora. At least 0.4 inches (10 mm) of labia minora often left to avoid complications.
Dr. Bradley Logan MD
Dr. Logan is an OB/GYN with over 30 years of experience in female surgery and is intimately familiar with female anatomy and reconstruction. He will work closely with you to achieve the result that you desire.
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