Excess tissue or skin in the vaginal area, specifically to the labia minora (small vaginal lips or inner lips) is a common problem. This condition can develop following childbirth or inherited. Excess tissue in the labia minor causes them to protrude beyond the labia majora (large vaginal lips). This excess tissue can cause discomfort, irritation and discomfort during physical activity, while inserting tampons or having sexual intercourse.
Labial reduction (labioplasty) is a procedure that reduces skin excess so that labia minora are even or within labia majora.
Labiaplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia in the office. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which is typically done when labial reduction is combined with other procedures such as breast surgery, tummy tuck, nose surgery, or other procedures. It takes about 40 minutes to perform. The redundant skin of labia minora to be excised is first covered with a numbing cream. A numbing medication (Lidocaine) is then administered, which is usually painless. Redundant amount of skin is then excise preserving only enough labia minor to ensure that the vaginal opening is closed when the person is standing. The results are immediate. Sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed.
Following labial reduction, an antibiotic ointment and a pad will be applied. The patient will resume showers the following day. Sexual activity can be resumed about 1 month following this procedure. Initial swelling will resolve over the next 3-4 weeks following labial reduction. Most patients are very pleased with the results of labial reduction.
During your consultation, Dr. Grigoryants will discuss the procedure with you in detail and show you many before and after photographs of his patients.