Dr. Deziel has become one of the leading experts in labiaplasty surgery. Female patients choose Dr. Deziel because they trust her expertise and feel comfortable working with a female surgeon. As a woman herself, Dr. Deziel is particularly sensitive to women seeking vaginal cosmetic surgery and understands her patients' concerns. Dr. Deziel commonly sees patients who experience embarrassment and discomfort in tight clothing, with exercise, and with sexual intercourse related to their labial asymmetry, protrusion, or excessive labial show. Some women are born with an enlarged labia minora (inner lips) and/or labia majora (outer lips), and some notice a change in the size, shape, or color of the labia after childbirth, trauma, or with aging. Dr. Deziel is passionate about helping these women regain their confidence and improve their symptoms.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure performed for cosmetic, hygienic, pain-relief and/or functional reasons. Labiaplasty improves both the appearance and symptoms related to over-sized or uneven labia minora (inner lips) and/or labia majora (outer lips) by reducing the size of the labia, and reshaping it. The labiaplasty surgery can be extended to the clitoral hood to provide a clitoral hood lift without a change to the nerves using techniques designed to produce minimal scarring. Labiaplasty can be performed in conjunction with procedures such as liposuction or other body contouring procedures.
Candidates for Labiaplasty
Candidates for labiaplasty may not like the appearance of their labia; be bothered by labial irritation while conducting normal activities; find it difficult to keep the labial area clean; or experience pain during sexual intercourse or vigorous activity. Dr. Deziel typically recommends waiting until you are done birthing children as the birthing process can reverse the results of your labiaplasty surgery. Those wanting to have more children in the future can still have the surgery especially if they are experiencing discomfort related to their labial issues.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
Labiaplasty is generally performed with anesthesia or IV sedation, as well as medications to block nerve signals and minimize bleeding. Dr. Deziel creates a custom surgical plan for each patient, which often includes removal of excess labial tissue and reshaping of the area, which is then closed using absorbable stitches. Labiaplasty takes 1 to 2 hours, and patients return home the same day.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
Post-labiaplasty, most patients have some swelling, and mild-to moderate pain for a few days. Patients typically return to work in 2 to 4 days, and are able to use tampons or resume sexual activity in 6 weeks. Post-operative care involves carefully washing the area, and applying an antibiotic cream to prevent infection. Stitches dissolve on their own within a few weeks after labia reduction or clitoral hood lift surgery.
Risks of Labiaplasty
Complications from labiaplasty are rare, but there are risks. They include bleeding, infection, poor healing, labial asymmetry, labia that are smaller or larger than desired, loss of sensation, and the need for a second surgery.