Many women are troubled by excessive tissue or skin in the pubic area, specifically to the labia minora, or inner lips. This condition, whether inherited or the result of childbirth, may cause discomfort, irritation and a rash when riding a bike and performing other exercise. Drying of the skin can cause chafing and tenderness or pain when inserting tampons or having sexual intercourse. The prominence of the labia may cause women to feel self-conscious and unwilling to wear a bathing suit or snug shorts due to labia visibility through their clothing. Labiaplasty reduces the labia minora in size so that they are flush (even) with or hidden within the outer lips or labia majora. Dr. Steven Yarinsky uses the same procedure designed by Dr. Gary Alter, as seen on Doctor 90210. This procedure, which takes an hour or two, is done using local or general anesthesia, depending on patient preference, right at our office facility. There is minimal discomfort after the procedure. Dr. Yarinsky uses absorbable sutures to eliminate the need for suture removal.
Dr. Yarinsky’s labiaplasty patients have reported that pretreatment discomfort caused by labia size and skin chaffing is eliminated with the procedure. The discomfort they have experienced with sexual intercourse also disappears.
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Who is a candidate?
You are bothered by large labia minora (the more delicate inner lips) that protrude beneath your labia majora (larger lips). Grossly enlarged labia can interfere with sexual intercourse, are frequently irritated by daily activities and can be a hygiene problem because of perpetual wetness or dryness. Some women are self-conscious that the prominent skin is obvious while wearing a bathing suit, ballerina tights, or other form-fitting clothing. Some women complain that their large long labia make intercourse uncomfortable or difficult. This is because the friction of intercourse causes the labia to be drawn into the vagina or to become irritated, swollen and tender for days thereafter. Unfortunately many patients who have had this discomfort are too embarrassed to inquire about this personal surgery.
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Trimming the labia minora so that they are even with the outer larger labia majora eliminates the functional and aesthetic problems. Dr. Yarinsky’s technique does not cause numbness or loss of sensation to the area, and the scars are nearly invisible. Our patients have been very pleased with the results! They are able to resume their activities without further embarrassment or skin irritation. What was a cause for concern and consternation becomes a non-issue.
The procedure is done in our Joint Commission accredited office surgery center for your convenience, comfort and privacy using local or general anesthesia, depending on your request. There is no need to go to the hospital. Using a technique developed by Dr. Alter, the long labia minora(inner lips) are carefully trimmed and contoured to be even with the outer labia. Uneven labia minora can be made more symmetrical. Absorbable sutures are placed and antibiotic ointment is applied. There is no need for suture removal, since they fall out on their own.
Recuperation and healing
You must take oral antibiotics as prescribed and continue local wound care applying antibiotic ointment daily until healed. Most activities can be resumed within a week or two. Sexual intercourse must be avoided for about 6 weeks. Any discomfort is well controlled with oral medication.
Before and After photos
Due to the delicate nature of this matter, before and after photos of patients treated by Dr. Yarinsky will be shown to you at your consultation visit, but are not included on our website. Dr. Yarinsky also has women in his cosmetic phone referral network who will be happy to speak with you about their treatment and results.
Some women are also bothered by excessive fatty tissue in the larger labia majora, or pubic mound (lower abdomen). The excessive fat can be easily removed with liposuction to contour the groin area.
The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for you can be determined only at the time of your consultation with Dr. Yarinsky. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Most women are very happy with the result of labiaplasty, but no specific results can be guaranteed.