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Can Labia Minora and Labia Majoria Reductions Be Performed at The Same Time?

June 6, 2015

In many cases both procedures can be done at the same time. However, if the incisions are significantly close to one another we sometimes we recommend that the procedures are done in two separate settings to allow for healing time of the first surgical area. Both of these procedures are typically done in the office under oral sedation. Reduced Recovery […]

Labiaplasty Technique: Wedge vs. Trimming

March 16, 2015

Typically, labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction combines both the trimming and the wedge technique.

In the image above, the trimming technique was used to reduce the majority of the overgrown labia. The top part of the labia that also forms part of the clitoral hood is removed with the wedge technique. This combination approach allows for a more natural transition from the clitoral hood to the labia. Care is taken to leave the frenulum […]

In the image above, the clitoral hood is not enlarged, and the trimming technique alone is used to reduce the labia. This allows for a natural appearing contour to the labia.

In the image above, the labia extend into the perineum past the posterior fourchette. Removal of the excess skin in the perineal and posterior fourchette area is done using the trimming technique. Care is taken to avoid over tightening of the opening to the vagina when removing enlarged labia in this area. This is achieved by excising the skin to […]

What are anal skin tags? Can I have anal skin tags removed during my labiaplasty?

October 6, 2014

Anal skin tags are non-painful growths of skin near the anus. Some patients with anal skin tags complain that the skin tags are a nuisance when cleaning the area. Most arise from old healed hemorrhoids. Some of our patients who are undergoing labiaplasty also have their anal skin tags removed. The skin tags are evaluated prior to removal to ensure […]

What is the Difference between Labia Reduction and Labiaplasty?

January 28, 2014

Labiaplasty typically refers to reduction of the labia minora. Labia reduction refers to reduction of the labia majora. Our in-office labiaplasty refers to reduction or excision of the labia minora.

Labiaplasty Pre-Operative Instructions Updated

January 13, 2014

We have updated our preoperative instructions for patients having in-office labiaplasties. Applying a topical numbing medication prior to the procedure helps to minimize pain from the injection of a local numbing agent. We now prescribe EMLA, a topical numbing gel to be applied to the labia and clitoral skin 1-2 hours before the procedure. Another addition to our preoperative instructions […]

Pregnancy after Labiaplasty

October 31, 2013

The labia will always swell during pregnancy. However, in patients who are pregnant and have undergone labiaplasty, the swelling is limited because of the reduced labial skin present. For this reason, pregnancy has a very minimal impact on the appearance of the labia in patients who have undergone labiaplasty.

The Office Labiaplasty

August 20, 2013

There are several factors to consider when performing an office Labiaplasty: The most important part of the process is communication between the patient and Dr. Shashoua. Each patient has her own idea of the ideal labial skin appearance. In order for the procedure to be a success, the amount of skin removed has to match the individual patient’s vision and […]

How Long Does it Take to Schedule a Labiaplasty?

August 1, 2013

Typically women are seen for an initial consult and begin scheduling at this appointment. A consult consists of a brief history of her symptoms and an exam. During the consult, she will decide with the provider how much skin will be removed and weather she wants a partial or complete labiaplasty. Once her consult is completed, she will meet with […]

What is Recovery Time for Labiaplasty Surgery?

May 15, 2013

Recovery time following labiaplasty or labia reduction is typically a few days to 1 week. This is the amount of time patients usually take pain medication following the procedure and will need to take off from work. Vaginal rest from intercourse or tampons while the incision site is healing is usually 6 weeks. If you have a question about recovery […]

Is Labiaplasty Covered by Insurance?

May 9, 2013

Labiaplasty may be done as a cosmetic procedure or due to labial hypertrophy with bothersome symptoms. Cosmetic labiaplasty may be done in-office and is not covered by insurance. When a labiaplasty is considered medically necessary, this can be billed through one’s insurance and performed as an outpatient procedure at a surgery center. Before your procedure, we will check your benefits […]

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