4. How is a labiaplasty performed?
Step One – Anesthesia
A Labiaplasty is typically performed as an outpatient treatment with IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Step two – The Incision
There are two types of techniques when it comes to a labiaplasty procedure. The best method to figure out which surgical procedure would be best for you is to explain your goals with your plastic surgeon and work together to choose the option that best meets your needs.
Depending on your natural anatomy and overall goals, labiaplasty may include a reduction of the outer (majora) labia, inner (minor) labia, or both.
The Trim Technique: The trim method is the most commonly used surgical method to perform a labiaplasty. An incision is made to remove the outside edge of the inner labia, bringing the inner and outer labia to the same level.
One of the main benefits of this labiaplasty method is that it trims away the darkest part of the labia, which for many women is one of the reasons they choose to undergo a labiaplasty.
The Wedge Technique: The wedge technique is a newer alternative to the trim labiaplasty. With this method, your surgeon removes a V-shaped wedge from both sides of the labia and then stitches the remaining edges together.
Step Three – Closing the Incisions
Your surgeon will close your incisions using resorbable stitches so that removal is not required.
Step Four – See the Results
You will see post-operative swelling and bleeding for the first couple of days after surgery, and it can take up to 6 weeks to see the final result.