Labiaplasty, sometimes referred to as labia reduction, is a surgical procedure which can rejuvenate the vaginal area by improving enlarged, stretched or asymmetrical labia. The surgery removes excess skin from the vaginal opening, thereby reducing the size and improving the appearance of the labia. Stretched or enlarged labia often result from childbirth.

Labiaplasty can be a particularly rewarding procedure, helping to restore a woman’s self confidence while even providing relief from physical discomfort and chaffing which may result during walking, sports and sexual activity. If you are in good physical health and have realistic expectations then labial reduction may be right for you.

Dr. Manchester performs the labiaplasty surgery at his clinic in San Diego, California. Surgical times average less than one hour and either local or intravenous anesthesia may be used. Incisions are made on the labia major and excess tissue and skin is removed and the outer edges of the labia major are evened out.

Recovery from labiaplasty takes approximately one to two weeks, though you will likely be able to return to work in one or two days. You may experience some discomfort, slight bruising and swelling, though these side effects are typically minor. You will be given medication to help with any discomfort that does result. The stitches are dissolvable and need not be removed. Sexual intercourse can often be resumed after four weeks.


What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure which improves enlarged or stretched labia as often occurs after childbirth, as well as asymmetric labia. The surgery removes excess skin and tissue to reduce the labia in size. The labia appearance can be improved and physical discomfort associated with enlarged labia can be reduced.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for labiaplasty?
You may be a candidate for labiaplasty if you are physically healthy and have realistic expecatations for improving enlarged, stretched or asymmetric labia. The labia may have become enlarged or stretched following childbirth and can lead to self-consciousness and even physical discomfort during sports and sexual activity.

Where is the labiaplasty procedure performed?
Dr. Manchester performs labiaplasty at his clinic, the Manchester Clinic of Plastic Surgery, which is located in San Diego, California.

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