Karen E. Kennedy, MD

Gynecology & Aesthetics located in Gulf Breeze, FL

If your labia is of an uncomfortable or unaesthetic size or appearance, a labiaplasty reshapes it to be less problematic. Expert gynecologist Karen E. Kennedy, MD, offers this surgery to reduce the labia minora, so you feel more confident and comfortable. Women in Gulf Breeze, Florida, can call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool to learn more about this permanent fix for labia issues.

Labiaplasty Q & A

What is a labiaplasty?

A surgical procedure that reduces the size or changes the shape of your labia is called a labiaplasty. The labia majora are the outer lips of the vagina and the labia minora are the inner, smaller lips.

Who is a candidate for a labiaplasty?

Excessive labial tissue can cause discomfort, especially when it comes to clothing fit, sexual sensation, and riding a bicycle. You may choose to have a labiaplasty to improve your comfort during these activities. 

Excess tissue or an asymmetry between the sides of the labia can make you feel self-conscious, or the excess tissue may twist and tug. With a labiaplasty, you achieve better appearance and function of this genital region.

What happens during a labiaplasty?

You’ll undergo one of two types of surgeries, depending on your specific labial issues and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kennedy may recommend a trim labiaplasty in which excess tissue is removed from the labia minora and the area is stitched up. 

A wedge procedure is another alternative during which Dr. Kennedy removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue, but still maintains the natural border and reduces extra folds in the clitoral hood, too.

If you opt for surgery on the labia majora – the hair-bearing area, Dr. Kennedy removes two small crescents of tissue from either side at the inner portion of the lips.

What should I expect during recovery from a labiaplasty?

You’ll need about one week of downtime during which you apply ice to your genitals regularly to reduce swelling and pain. Elevating your backside during this week also helps reduce swelling. 

Dr. Kennedy advises that you refrain from sexual intercourse and tampon use for 6 weeks. Excessive swelling in the labial region goes down after about six weeks. You’ll notice some minor swelling for up to six months.

What results can I expect following a labiaplasty?

More than 90% of women who have undergone a labiaplasty say they’re satisfied with the results of the procedure, notes the American Society of Plastic Surgery. With surgery, you no longer have to worry about labial lips hanging below the hair-bearing area of your genitals. Any symptoms of tugging, pulling, or clothing fit should also be resolved.

If you think you might benefit from a labiaplasty, call the office of Karen E. Kennedy, MD, or book an appointment online.