Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves altering the size or shape of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva) or labia majora (the outer lips of the vulva). There are a few different types of labiaplasty:
Trim labiaplasty: During this procedure, the surgeon removes the excess tissue of the labia minora along the edge. This results in a straighter edge to the labia. This is a straight forward procedure done under local freezing only. The down side is the potential for a sensitive scar along the outside edge of the labia.
Wedge labiaplasty: This type of labiaplasty involves removing a V-shaped wedge of tissue from the center of the labia minora. The remaining edges are then sutured together, resulting in a natural-looking edge. This is Dr Kim Meathrel's preferred method as it avoids the potential sensitive scar from a trim labiaplasty.
Reduction labiaplasty: This procedure involves removing a specific amount of tissue from the labia minora, typically on both sides, to reduce their size.
Clitoral hood reduction: This procedure involves reducing the size of the clitoral hood, the skin that covers the clitoris. This can be done as a stand alone procedure or in combination with a labiaplasty.
It's important to note that every woman's anatomy is unique, and the type of labiaplasty that is right for one woman may not be the best option for another. It's important to remember that labiaplasty is surgery and comes with the potential for complications such as infection, bleeding, sutures popping open, delayed wound healing, sensitive scars, and need for revisionary surgery. The types, pros and cons of labiaplasty, as well as healing and downtime from the surgery will be discussed with you are your consultation.