In addition to the plastic surgery procedures you often hear about that boost women's confidence, such as breast augmentation and liposuction, Dr. Eric Mariotti also sees an increasing number of women for labia reduction surgery. This intricate procedure, technically called labiaplasty, helps women from Walnut Creek, Danville, and throughout the East Bay feel more attractive, confident, and comfortable.
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The female external genitals include the outer labia majora and inner labia minora. As with any body part, the appearance of this area varies between women. There are a variety of factors that influence the size and shape of the labia including genetics, hormones, pregnancy, childbirth, and weight changes. Ideally, the inner labia are concealed and protected by the outer labia. Over time the inner labia may become enlarged, stretched, misshapen, or uneven.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces and reshapes the labia minora. Women choose labiaplasty for both aesthetic and physical reasons that often include a combination of the following:
- Renewing self-confidence
- Looking and feeling better in form-fitting clothing such as bathing suits and yoga pants
- Increasing comfort during sexual activity and certain sports such as biking and horseback riding
- Repairing damage caused by childbirth
While many labiaplasty patients have the procedure performed on its own, others include it in a personalized combination of cosmetic procedures called a Mommy Makeover to renew their bodies after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
Labiaplasty takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is performed as an outpatient procedure using either local anesthetic with deep sedation or general anesthetic. Dr. Mariotti takes special care to retain sensitivity and minimize scarring while renewing the appearance of the labia. Once the surgery is complete, he closes the incisions with tiny, absorbable stitches.
Enjoying Your Results
Patients usually have minor swelling and tenderness for 1 to 2 weeks after labia reduction. Most are ready to return to non-strenuous activities including work within a week. Typically within a month patients can return to their regular exercise routine and resume sexual activity.
Dr. Mariotti's labiaplasty patients enjoy being able to confidently wear form-fitting pants and bathing suit bottoms. They also enjoy an enhanced quality of life that is less limited and more comfortable.