Labiaplasty is one of the most rapidly growing procedures in plastic surgery. As a woman surgeon with female staff, Dr. MacLennan treated labiaplasty patients long before the procedure became so popular. In the past 5 years, the popularity of labiaplasty has skyrocketed and in her previous practice, Dr. MacLennan was one of the most experienced labiaplasty surgeons in Western Canada. Unlike Botox and fillers, labiaplasty is seldom cocktail party conversation, so women may feel alone when they have labia that are long, loose or uncomfortable. We all have variations in our anatomy, but if you are bothered by the appearance or feel of your labia, you’re in the right place.
Many of our patients are bothered by the feel or appearance of labia minora protruding beyond labia majora (outer lips). This can cause discomfort in bathing suits, yoga pants, bike seats, or during intercourse. With today’s bikini waxing trends, there’s more to see down there, and some women simply don’t like the appearance of longer labia. Whatever your reason, Dr. MacLennan has probably heard it before and can put you at ease with her years of experience and friendly girlfriend-to-girlfriend manner.
We see many women who feel that their labia have become more stretched out after childbirth, but we also see teenagers and young women who have noticed discomfort with their labia ever since puberty.
The procedure itself is tailored to each woman’s anatomy. Some women may be candidates for a “trim” technique, where the excess labia skin is trimmed, and the edge is repaired. More commonly, we modify the “wedge” method popularized by Gary Alter, MD. The extra skin and tissue is removed where it’s most prominent, and the normal edges of the labia are brought back together. This way, there’s no scar along the edge; most women who have wedge labiaplasties heal so well that the incisions are barely visible.
Labiaplasty can usually be done in the privacy of the Mountain Lake Plastic surgery office.
I am a 29 year old female with no previous pregnancies or births that had hated my labia from the day I was aware of its existence. I found myself self conscious with new lovers, and uncomfortable when exercising. For over a decade I had wanted to have a labiaplasty and finally took the plunge. I was fortunate to have a surgeon with amazing post op review photos and labiaplasty experience in my city. Dr. Maclennan performed my surgery under local anesthetic and was courteous to maintain my privacy and comfort throughout the process. She was compassionate and understanding and offered great medical advice on technique and appearance. The procedure was so comfortable I fell asleep during it.
Recovery is usually straightforward, but we recommend a full week off, taking it easy and using ice frequently. You should avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks, and intercourse for 4-6 weeks.
Labiaplasty offers the opportunity to improve the shape, size, and symmetry of your labia with a safe, predictable procedure that will have you feeling more comfortable with minimal downtime. Dr. MacLennan has a special interest in this popular procedure, and both she and her patients love that labiaplasty boasts a very high satisfaction rate. Feel free to call the all-female staff at Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery (802) 231-4284 to learn more about labiaplasty.
Your early recovery from labiaplasty will take about a week. You can expect swelling, redness, and general discomfort, especially for the first few days. This can be managed with Tylenol, and ice. You’ll want to avoid strenuous activity for the first 1-2 weeks. Swelling can linger for several more weeks but should continue to improve.
Your labiaplasty procedure time will depend on the specific techniques used and will usally take about an hour You can return home after your procedure is complete, and you’ll need a follow-up appointment the following week.
Many of our patients tell us that the procedure itself is more comfortable than having dental work. Topical numbing cream is the first step, followed by injected local anesthetic. Most times, our patients feel nothing but a little pulling during the procedure. After the local anesthesia wears off, you may need some Tylenol or a few stronger pain pills.
The most significant swelling is seen in the first 2-3 days, after which the swelling starts to decrease. It can take several months for the tissues to soften and all of the swelling to dissipate. It’s important to be patient when it comes to seeing your results, and follow your post-op care instructions carefully to ensure successful healing.