Labiaplasty in Austin, TX

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Are you unhappy with the appearance or health of your labia? Don't be shy! You can tell us. Many women with an enlarged labia feel too anxious or scared to consult with a plastic surgeon. At Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center, we want you to know that we understand how you feel. In fact, you may find comfort in knowing that labia rejuvenation is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. today. Our board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV performs labiaplasty surgery (also known as labia rejuvenation) to reshape or decrease the size of the vaginal lips. Women, who suffer from enlarged vaginal lips, may seek this surgery to alleviate health problems, such as chronic skin irritations, painful sexual intercourse, and recurrent infections. All of these problems can negatively affect a woman's self-esteem and feminine health.

Losing weight or having a baby can cause the vaginal skin to become loose and hang in a way it did not before. Some women are born with asymmetrical vaginal lips and seek the help of a trusted plastic surgeon, like Dr. Snyder to change the size and shape of the labia to be a smaller size. We would like to discuss how we can help you with labiaplasty. Call and schedule your consultation, and talk confidentially with a patient coordinator who will listen and answer your personal questions about this surgery.

Surgical Technique

Women who are considering labiaplasty should consult with a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Snyder. In the past, before surgeons improved this procedure, the approach was to remove the excess tissue and skin deformity using an amputation method. Today, skilled surgeons use aesthetic reshaping techniques so that the labia are not only reduced in size, but also the nerves are protected in the process so that sexual feeling is not compromised. A surgeon with experience will preserve the natural color and contour and create a result that looks visually appealing with minimal to no scarring.

Labiaplasty Surgical Process

The most common approach Dr. Snyder takes to perform labiaplasty is to use a device known as Iris Scissors. This fine, advanced surgical tool allows for the reshaping of the inner folds of the labia. In the process, a clean "V" shaped wedge is made to the vaginal lips, and is removed to reduce the size. Dr. Snyder will carefully work to reshape and reconstruct the lips so that they meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. Another approach is to use a laser treatment to reduce the labia. This is effective for some patients, but is only recommended in cases where the skin defect is minimal.

During/After Surgery

Labiaplasty typically takes between 1 – 2 hours to complete, depending on how complex the surgical case is. It is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility and does not require an overnight stay. Women who undergo labia rejuvenation will need to avoid any activity that may cause swelling and bleeding, such as exercise, sexual activity, douching, and the use of tampons. These activities can be resumed slowly around 4 – 6 weeks after surgery. Women find that the results of this procedure look so natural that their self-confidence and self-image are improved drastically. 

Labiaplasty FAQs

OBGYN or Cosmetic Surgeon?

When researching the aesthetic surgery market, most patients will find that a large majority of cosmetic surgeons offer labiaplasty. While many Ob/Gyns are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An Ob/Gyn will be able to surgically remove any excess that exists within the labia; however, a cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Snyder, will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures that scarring is minimal, and that color, contour, and symmetry look and feels natural. 

Does it Cause Insensitivity?

As with any surgery, there may be numbness in the vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regards to sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation effects, for the most part, the vaginal lips only. Sensitivity is served by the clitoris. Dr. Snyder is highly skilled in labiaplasty and will work around this area so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.

Does it Affect Intercourse?

Labiaplasty will only improve sexual intercourse. In many cases, this is because the excess skin and tissue that may have gotten in the way during sex before will now be removed. The clitoral region will be protected and the sensory nerves preserved so that sexual intercourse is not impacted in a negative way.

Before or After Pregnancy?

In most cases, it is recommended that women wait to have labia rejuvenation until after all pregnancies are complete. However, if having enlarged labia is bothersome and causes physical symptoms and emotional hardship, then this surgery can most definitely be performed before a planned pregnancy. If the results of the surgery are compromised due to a post-surgical pregnancy, a second surgery can be discussed.

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