When the labia is enlarged, it may be seen as an unsightly bulge of the crotch, cause difficulty in hygienic care, rub and become irritated when wearing tight pants, cause pain during sexual intercourse, or it can cause embarrassment because of the appearance. When the enlargement is uneven, it will appear asymmetrical. To a lesser extent the labia majora can present with the same problem. These can all be corrected by labiaplasty, which is a minor procedure done under local anesthesia as an outpatient.
What is Labiaplasty Surgery?
Labiaplasty is a minor procedure to reduce enlarged labia or to correct asymmetry of both the labia minora and majora. It is usually done under local anesthesia as an outpatient.
There are two main types of labiaplasty: wedge resection and linear resection. Details of these are beyond the scope of this presentation. Suffice it to say, wedge resection when done by a trained surgeon gives a much smoother edge of the labia, less visible incision and better correction of the vertical excess of the labia. Linear resection is easier to perform, and, in cases where there are unsightly discoloration (usually darken), this can be easier to remove with linear resection. Any woman who has enlarged or asymmetrical labia can benefit from labiaplasty, especially if they also have pain during intercourse.