Labiaplasty Procedures Continue to Rise in US

A few months ago, in Dr. Nirav Savalia’s “The Latest Trends in Plastic Surgery” blog post, he noted that more women than ever are seeking labiaplasty to treat long, large or prominent labia. His observation was confirmed in the 2016 American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics report, which recorded over 12,000 procedures performed by its surgeon members. If you are wondering who is having the surgery and what it entails, Dr. Savalia reveals the answers here.

Who Is Requesting Labiaplasty?

Requests for labiaplasty jumped 39 percent over 2015, according to the ASPS annual report. Most labiaplasty requests are coming from women who:

  • have long labia or multiple folds of labial tissue
  • find that their labia slip out of underwear
  • feel discomfort or pain while playing sports or exercising
  • develop chafing or rashes
  • are self-conscious wearing yoga pants or other tight-fitting pants
  • have low confidence in intimate situations
  • find sex painful
  • find bicycle riding unbearable
  • experience soreness or blisters in the genital area
  • are ashamed or embarrassed because of their physical appearance

What Happens During Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia, so patients do not feel any pain. The procedure normally takes one to two hours.

During the procedure, Dr. Savalia reshapes the inner labia (labia minora) and the outer labia (labia majora), trimming excess tissue. He can use liposuction to refine the contours of the labia and mons pubis, if he thinks it will help improve the area’s overall appearance. Fat grafting can add fullness and volume to labia majora that appear flat or deflated.

The recovery is usually swift, straightforward and free of complications. Patients wear a surgical dressing comparable to a menstrual pad, and should avoid strenuous activities for a few days. There is some slight bruising and swelling, which resolves within a week or two. Most patients take a week off from work. They can resume exercise and sexual intercourse about four to six weeks after surgery.

Schedule a Labiaplasty Consultation

If enlarged labia are causing you to feel ashamed, embarrassed or uncomfortable, Dr. Savalia can help. Schedule a consultation to discuss labiaplasty with him by calling 949-759-0980 or emailing our practice today.