Labiaplasty

Offered at our convenient location in Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Anna Wooten of Beleza Plastic Surgery performs labiaplasty procedures for Pittsburgh women who wish to reshape their labia. Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of the inner labia and outer labia, which are the folds of skin surrounding the vulva. This procedure has also been called labioplasty or vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Wooten has taken meticulous steps to master the most current labiaplasty techniques and practices.

Dr. Anna Wooten has helped men and women from Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township and beyond look and feel their best with cosmetic surgery. Contact us online today or call 724-759-7777 to schedule your labiaplasty surgery consultation.

Patients feel comfortable with Dr. Wooten both because she is a female plastic surgeon, and also because they feel confident in her ability to attain excellent results for her patients.

Why is a Labiaplasty Performed?

Labias come in many shapes, colors and sizes. Furthermore, factors, such as aging and childbirth can influence the appearance of your labia. Sometimes a doctor may recommend a labiaplasty procedure for medical reasons. These cases are usually due to an enlarged labia that may make certain activities like sex or exercising painful. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery may also be performed simply for aesthetic reasons.

There are several conditions which labiaplasty surgery can resolve:

  • Congenital defects
  • Abnormalities like vaginal atresia ( absence of vaginal passage), intersex conditions (female and male sexual characteristics) or Mullerian agenesis (wrong formation of fallopian tubes and uterus)
  • Natural aging
  • Stretching and tearing caused by childbirth

Dr. Wooten can perform labiaplasty under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or conscious sedation. You will discuss these options further with Dr. Wooten during your consultation.

Labiaplasty Techniques:

Edge Resection Technique

The original technique of this procedure is a simple resection of the tissues on the free edge of the inner labia. This method is used by many plastic surgeons because it is the easiest to perform. Another advantage of this technique is the ability to conceal the darkened, irregular labial edges with linear scars.

Central Wedge Resection Technique

This technique involves removing and cutting the full wedge of tissues from the thickest part of the labium. This approach preserves the wrinkle-free edge of the outer labia.

De-epithelialization Technique

De-epithelialization involves cutting of the epithelium. This can be done either with medical laser or scalpel. This approach can reduce the excessive vertical tissues and preserve the corrugated free edge of the outer labia. Thus, it also preserves the erectile and sensory attributes of the inner or outer labia.

Labial Reduction with Clitoral Unhooding

Oftentimes, this procedure involves the resection of the clitoral hood, especially when the skin’s thickness interferes with the sexual response. The surgical approach of clitoral unhooding includes the soft tissues’ V to Y advancement. This can be achieved through suturing the hood of the clitoris to the pubic bone.

Recovery

After a labial reduction procedure, you will experience minimal pain. Our patients leave the hospital or office on the same day, and are able to quickly resume their normal activities. We provide our patients with a specialized cooling pack for the area.

In consultation, Dr. Wooten will inform you that soon after the operation the reduced labia may swell, but this swelling will dissipate shortly.

Post-Op Care Instructions

You will be instructed on proper post-operative care by our office. Instruction includes the following tips:

  • After the appropriate amount of time, properly bathe the area, so as to prevent infection.
  • Take your medication on time. Use only products recommended by our nurses.
  • Rest. Take it easy for three to four days.
  • Call our office immediately should you be concerned about unusual pain or swelling.
  • Allow time to heal; refrain from sexual activities for several weeks after the labiaplasty.

Medical risks or complications due to this procedure are not common. However, there are some cases where women may experience infection, bleeding, poor-wound healing, labial symmetry, overcorrection or under correction.

Labiaplasty FAQs

Will I have to avoid sex after a labiaplasty?

Yes, you will. For a period of six weeks, patients will have to abstain from sex. Also, you’ll have to avoid wearing tampons, masturbation, and other activities that could impede healing.

What are the risks of Labiaplasty?

Typically, complications with this procedure are few and far between. Because general anesthesia isn’t necessary, many risks typically associated with cosmetic surgery are eliminated. Of course, it is a surgical procedure, and should be taken seriously. However, other than a few weeks of compromised sensation, you should not have any long-term side-effects.

Why has labiaplasty become so popular?

Some have called it the “yoga pants” effect. Perhaps because this part of a woman’s anatomy is more visible than it was before, we are simply more conscious of it.

The increase in labiaplasty can also be attributed to the safe and straightforward nature of the surgery. Labiaplasty is a quick procedure. And the recovery period is relatively short and pain free.

I’m a virgin; will labiaplasty affect this?

No. The procedure is purely cosmetic in nature, and will not interfere with the inner parts of your anatomy.

Will labiaplasty change my sensitivity?

When labiaplasty is performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon that knows what they are doing, it should not cause any permanent change in sensitivity. The procedure does not affect the nerves responsible for sensitivity, and the clitoris (the area from which many women derive sexual pleasure) is left untouched. The genital tissues may feel sore, swollen or tender for a few weeks after surgery, but those sensations should resolve on their own.

As with any surgery, nerve damage can be a risk, however Dr. Anna Wooten minimizes this risk by using the ‘wedge resection technique’ when she performs labiaplasty. This method of performing the procedure means that the risk of compromised sensation is minimal.

Will it affect sexual experience?

Labiaplasty usually has a positive effect on a woman’s sexual experiences because it increases self-confidence and personal comfort. Women that feel self-conscious of the way their genitals look, or find their long or prominent labia to be physically uncomfortable, often believe that it interferes with sexual intimacy. Labiaplasty enhances the appearance of the vaginal area and trims long or asymmetrical labia, boosting self-confidence and personal comfort. These factors enable many women to enjoy a very satisfying sex life after surgery.

Is labiaplasty permanent?

The results of labiaplasty are considered to be permanent. Dr. Wooten’s patients typically do not require any further surgery.