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A Procedure Performed Since the 1970s

Although cosmetic and medical labiaplasty has been performed since the 1970s, it remains a relatively unknown procedure. Compared to breast augmentation or rhinoplasty, many women may not be aware that there is a surgery to change the appearance of the labia.

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What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the appearance and proportions of the labia majora and minora, together known as the vulva. Most commonly, women suffer from labial hypertrophy, which is when either the labia minor or labia majora are enlarged. Three different techniques can be performed, sometimes in combination, to address labial hypertrophy. These techniques – trim resection, wedge resection, and clitoral hood reduction – can be read about in more detail below. During the consultation, Dr. Bajaj will work with you to determine the best technique to fit your body and lifestyle. All techniques involve removing a section of tissue from the labia and suturing it back together for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance that will also minimize or eliminate uncomfortable side affects you have suffered due to an enlarged labia.

It is important to note that most women do not require labiaplasty and it is considered an elective procedure. It is normal for the labia to be asymmetrical, and many women with labial hypertrophy will never require surgery or will choose not to pursue surgery. However, other women who suffer from labial hypertrophy may experience some uncomfortable side effects and be good candidates for a labiaplasty procedure.

At Bajaj Plastic Surgery in Oklahoma City, OK, we understand that the decision to undergo labiaplasty is a personal one, and Dr. Bajaj works closely with every individual to determine if they would benefit from the procedure and which technique would be right for you.

Feel free to contact our Oklahoma office today to request a labiaplasty consultation and speak with labiaplasty expert Dr. Anu Bajaj.

When women have an enlarged labia majora or labia minora, they may experience uncomfortable side effects that can be both physically and emotionally painful.

Some of these side effects may include:

  1. Hygiene issues: Enlarged or unshapely labia may be more difficult to clean and can therefore lead to chronic infections, especially while menstruating or following intercourse.
  2. Irritation: Enlarged labia can make it difficult to wear clothes that are considered fashionable today, including skinny jeans or leggings. The labia may rub against your clothing, creating friction and causing discomfort. Furthermore, you may experience discomfort while riding a bicycle or even just sitting. Intercourse or foreplay can also lead to irritation or discomfort.
  3. Embarrassment: Enlarged labia can cause embarrassment while wearing tight-fitting clothes, such as leggings or a swimsuit, and may cause you to avoid certain social situations. You may also be so embarrassed by the appearance of your labia that you avoid intimate situations, even with longtime partners.

Not all women with labial hypertrophy will experience these side effects, including those with only mild labial hypertrophy or labial majora hypertrophy. The labia minora is more sensitive than the labia majora, so most women who choose to undergo labiaplasty have enlarged labia minora. However, not all vulvas are alike and at Bajaj Plastic Surgery we welcome all women who are interested in the procedure to come in for a private consultation.

Good candidates for labiaplasty are nonsmokers who suffer from labial hypertrophy and experience any of the aforementioned side effects, including hygiene issues, irritation, or embarrassment. There are many reasons why women may have labial hypertrophy. It may be genetic, or it may develop following puberty or pregnancy. In some rare cases, it may also occur due to trauma or injury to the area. We recommend that women wait to undergo labiaplasty until after they have completed puberty. The best way to determine if one is a good candidate for the procedure is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Bajaj at her office in Oklahoma City.

There are three different techniques that Dr. Bajaj may perform, sometimes in combination, to correct labial hypertrophy.

Trim Resection

The trim resection technique may be performed when the labia minora is slightly larger than the labia majora. The trim technique involves removing excess skin from the edges of the labia minora and then sewing the edges closed. It may be recommended for women who have darker labial edges, as it restores pinkness to the labia minora. However, since the labial edges are naturally irregular, this technique may make the edges of the labia minora appear overly uniform.

Wedge Resection

The wedge resection technique is the most common technique performed by Dr. Bajaj. A wedge-shaped piece of tissue is removed from the labia. The wedge may be removed from the central, anterior, or posterior part of the labia, depending on your specific case. Unlike the trim resection, the wedge resection will maintain the natural edge of the labia.

Clitoral Hood Reduction

Since the goal of labiaplasty is to make the labia majora and labia minora proportional, clitoral hood reduction is often performed along with the trim or wedge technique to ensure overall harmony. Clitoral hood reduction is the process of removing some of the tissue surrounding the clitoris, which is located just above the labia minora.


Surgery Process

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Prior to scheduling surgery, you are required to have a consultation with Dr. Bajaj. During the consultation, Dr. Anu Bajaj will talk to you about your concerns with the appearance of your vulva. She will also ask you about any physical or emotional discomfort that you experience due to the appearance of your labia. She will then conduct a physical examination to determine if you suffer from labia hypertrophy and if you would be a suitable candidate for labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is an important procedure that should not be considered lightly. At the time of the consultation, Dr. Bajaj will inform you of the risks involved with the surgery. There are risks with any surgery. For labiaplasty, some of the specific risks include bleeding, scarring, or change in sensitivity. After determining the right technique for your case, Dr. Bajaj will be able to draw up a personalized procedure plan for the surgery. She will go over all the details of the surgery with you, including customized preparation and recovery information.


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