Dr. James F. Boynton—our experienced plastic surgeon—regularly performs labiaplasty for patients who have enlarged labia, which involves the outer tissues of the vulva (vaginal area). Sometimes, this concern can be congenital (from birth), and other times the tissues can become enlarged after pregnancy and childbirth. Women with this condition can have irritation, chafing, and difficulty riding a bicycle—or they may simply not like the appearance this issue creates.
To learn more about labiaplasty, we encourage you to read through the content provided below. If any questions come to mind, or if you would like to find out if labiaplasty would be a good option for your unique needs and goals, please reach out to our practice online or by phone to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boynton.
Am I a Candidate for Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty can be an excellent option for many women who have elongated and/or asymmetrical labial tissue caused by factors such as weight loss, trauma, pregnancy/childbirth, menopause, genetics, or simply the natural aging process. Good candidates typically include individuals who are experiencing discomfort and/or embarrassment as a result of this concern, as well as those who are seeking to enhance the overall appearance of this area for improved self-esteem. Whatever your reason for pursuing treatment, Dr. Boynton will be happy to meet with you in-person during a consultation at our practice to assess your unique case and determine whether or not labiaplasty would be right for you.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Labiaplasty?
Following labiaplasty, most patients can expect some bruising and/or swelling in the treatment area, but these symptoms are temporary and should gradually resolve over time. A significant amount of pain is rare, though any potential discomfort can be alleviated with medication. All sutures will dissolve on their own, so there is no need to return to the office to have them removed. Within a few days, the majority of women feel comfortable enough to resume normal, non-strenuous daily routines, but any activities like physical sports, vigorous exercise, and sexual intercourse will need to be avoided for about four to six weeks to ensure proper healing.