Over the past decade, women have become more aware of – and open to – the correction of vaginal irregularities. In the U.S. alone, plastic surgeons performed more than 5,000 labial procedures in 2012. Dr. Marc DuPéré offers labiaplasty (vaginal rejuvenation surgery) in Toronto to correct issues with the inner or outer labia.
How Can Labiaplasty Help?
The labia consist mostly of mucosal tissue, small glands, fatty tissue and nerve endings. External features of the genitalia can vary tremendously. Possible irregularities include:
- The inner lips, or labia minora, can be pronounced or long (referred to as hypertrophy), thin, hyperpigmented or asymmetrical
- The outer lips, or labia majora, can be thick and protruding (hypertrophy), hyperpigmented, or deflated – a condition called hypoplasia or atrophy often seen after weight loss and hormonal changes associated with aging
Many females are self-conscious about their labia, feeling that they are aesthetically unpleasant or medically problematic. Some may experience hygienic concerns or pain during intercourse or physical activities. A relatively simple surgical correction can heighten these women’s self-esteem.
Dr. DuPéré’s Labiaplasty Technique
Most labiaplasty procedures can take place comfortably with the patient under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. However, some women may be more comfortable with general anesthesia.
Labia minora procedures generally shorten the elongated labia through tissue removal techniques including direct longitudinal excision, “lazy S” excision, various types of V, W and star-shaped excisions, and de-epithelization.
Procedures for hypertrophy of the labia majora include liposuction and direct longitudinal soft tissue excision. Procedures for hypoplasia of the labia majora include fat grafting and temporary skin fillers such as the Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® family of products.
Recovering from Labiaplasty
Mild to moderate tenderness and temporary bruising are common for several days post-procedure. To allow for proper healing, women should avoid any strenuous physical activities and intercourse for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks.
Potential Risks and Complications
Every procedure comes with some inherent risks. Although very rare, Dr. DuPéré educates all of his patients about potential risks.
Those risks can include opening of the wounds and infections (extremely rare), fatty cysts after fat grafting to the labia majora (which will often reabsorb), excessive reabsorption of the fat grafts (possibly requiring a second fat grafting procedure), scar retraction, painful scars and loss of tissue due to vascular compromise (extremely rare), hematomas (rare) and increased or decreased sensitivity – always a possibility when manipulating tissue with such specialized nerve endings.Back to Top