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A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes a woman’s labia minora to address both cosmetic and functional concerns. Labiaplasty is becoming increasingly popular, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) said the number of procedures has jumped 39% between 2015 and 2016.
Labial hypertrophy (or enlarged labia) can cause discomfort in many women during exercise or sexual intercourse and is common following childbirth. The procedure may also be sought for cosmetic reasons in women who are concerned with the appearance of their labia.
Labiaplasty can be performed under general anesthesia or using a local anesthetic. The surgery involves trimming the excess tissue of the labia minora and recovery is generally quick and uncomplicated.
We generally recommend that patients take a week off of work to heal and relax after the surgery. Pain medication may be recommended for a few days following the procedure.