Labiaplasty is a procedure performed on women who dislike the large size of their labia minora. The purpose of this procedure is to decrease large labia minorae, to create symmetry and to make the labia look more cosmetically aesthetic. Many women pursue labiaplasty if they are self-conscious about having hanging labial tissue, experience pain during sexual intercourse or discomfort wearing tight clothing or exercising. Some women are born with enlarged labia and therefore opt to have labiaplasty; others develop the enlargement with age or from childbirth.


Sometimes the hardest part of the procedure is beginning a conversation with the doctor. Patients often feel uncomfortable talking openly about their apprehensions with intimate areas. Dr. Colgrove understands women’s concerns and strives to create a comfortable environment that encourages women to speak freely about their bodies. Patients feel comfortable and confident about their labiaplasty procedures under the care of Dr. Colgrove and his surgical team. Dr. Colgrove will discuss with you the procedure and anesthesia that he will use.


Generally labia reduction surgery takes two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Colgrove will use magnification to assure an accurate approximation of the normal labial edges. He is able to preserve the normal contour, color and anatomy of the labia minora edge. The protuberant labium is excised in a “V” manner and the upper and lower edges are sutured together. Therefore, the only suture line visible on the edge is a small transverse line instead of a longitudinal vertical suture line. This results in normal labia minora in which surgery is essentially undetectable. Excess skin on the sides of the clitoral hood also can be removed without visible scars.


The results of labiaplasty are permanent and the complication rate from labiaplasty is extremely low. The first three days are spent relaxing. Cold compresses or ice packs will help keep the swelling to a minimum. You will have some bruising and swelling that will resolve over the next week or two. Stitches will dissolve and do not need to be removed. If you have a relatively sedate job, you can probably return to work in five days. You can resume sexual relations in about six weeks after a labia reduction. Patients normally have neither a loss of sensation nor a decline in the ability to have orgasms.

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