Labiaplasty (Labia Minora Surgery)
Labiaplasty or labia reduction is a beautiful surgery to decrease the size of the labia minora. Vaginal rejuvenation can mean many things. For some it is improvement non-surgically with ThermiVa (tightening internally and externally, stress urinary incontinence improvement, decrease in painful atrophy, and increased sensitivity) and for others it is a surgical reduction in the size of the labia minora. If you are afflicted with an oversized, asymmetric or misshapen labia minora, resulting in uncomfortable intercourse, irritation with exercise, visibility in swimsuits/clothes, moisture retention or self-esteem issues, labia minora reduction (labiaplasty, labia plasty, labioplasty or vaginal rejuvenation) may be an excellent solution.
Dr. Diehl has taken care of many patients in the Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding area with enlarged labia minora. The inner vaginal lips exhibit a very wide range of normal, so having enlarged labia minora is not necessarily abnormal, but in some patients it may cause irritation. The prominent tissue may have been present since puberty or changed with pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s lifetime.
Many patients complain of discomfort during daily activities due to the size of their labia minora. Prominence of this tissue can lead to discomfort with exercise, rubbing and “pinching” with normal daily activities, discomfort with intercourse, and visibility in swimsuits and tight clothing. Reducing the size of the labia minora can be very corrective when excessive tissue bulk is causing problems. This can help reduce social anxiety and discomfort. These procedures are becoming increasingly common. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2016 statistics showed that labiaplasty continues to increase yearly, with 23% more procedures performed in 2016 than 2015. At your consultation, Dr. Diehl will discuss whether labiaplasty / vaginal rejuvenation surgery is a good option for your specific needs. This surgery is an incredible lifestyle improvement for many of our patients. The most common preference is for local anesthesia for the procedure, avoiding the cost, length, and added risk of a general anesthesia surgery.
The procedure generally takes 1 hour and is most often performed under local anesthesia. Local anesthesia labiaplasty is very well tolerated by patients. There is also a general anesthesia option in our OR suite if that is your preference. We use dissolvable sutures so they do not need to be removed at a later date.
After surgery, you can expect mild discomfort and swelling. In most cases, these will subside in one-two weeks. Labial incisions rarely result in noticeable scarring. We tell patients to use Neosporin or Polysporin for a few days and ice the area as much as possible. Most patients are back to normal work / school activities in 3 days but are following our post-surgical precautions like no vigorous exercise, intercourse, or tight clothing.
Before and After – we value privacy and choose not to display these photos online. We have many patients who have consented for photos and can show a wide variety of before and after photos during the consultation with Dr. Diehl.
Our office is conveniently located in Raleigh near the RDU airport and easily accessible to Durham, Cary, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, and Fayetteville.