The appearance of a woman’s genital anatomy can vary widely from person to person. Factors including genetics, pregnancy, trauma, and the aging process can all have an effect on the unique size, shape, and symmetry of the labia. While there is no ‘perfect ‘appearance of the labia, when this tissue is long or misshapen, it can cause pain during intercourse, and discomfort under tight clothing or with exercise. Some women may even find the look of their labia to be unappealing, thus affecting her most imitate relationships.
A labiaplasty is a specialized surgical procedure designed to shape and contour the labia, restoring aesthetic appeal and comfort. The simple, outpatient technique requires little recovery time, and in four to six weeks, women can fully resume sexual activity. To meet the various needs of each individual patient, there are two main types of labiaplasty performed today: the trim labiaplasty and the wedge labiaplasty.
A trim labiaplasty is the most commonly used surgical method utilized to improve the shape or symmetry of the labia. The technique involves a thin incision, removing the outer edge of the inner labia. This creates symmetry between the inner and outer labia. This technique is beneficial as it reduces the naturally darkest part of the labia, the area that many women find the least aesthetically pleasing. The surgeon must be experienced and skilled in the trim labiaplasty procedure, as the most common complication of this technique is an uneven transition of the labia directly above the clitoral bulb.
The wedge labiaplasty is an innovative alternative to the trim labiaplasty technique. This method involves removing a V-shaped wedge of tissue from both sides of the labia. The edges of each side are then sutured together. The primary benefit of a wedge labiaplasty is that there is no risk of poorly transitioned tissue across the clitoral bulb, the most common complication of a trim labiaplasty. However, a wedge labiaplasty does not remove the darkest parts of the labia, which may not address the aesthetic desires of all patients.
The best way to decide which technique is right for you, a trim labiaplasty or a wedge labiaplasty, is with the help of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Houston’s Dr. Paul Vitenas has been performing the labiaplasty procedure for more than 30 years. During this time, he has created his own, unique surgical style to most safely and effectively address each woman’s needs. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a free labiaplasty consultation at (281) 606-0007. To have a patient coordinator reach out to you, fill out our online Contact Us form.