Learn how labiaplasty restores confidence, and comfort, to woman by decreasing the size of the inner labia. Dr. Hayes answers the most common questions about the surgery, recovery and results.
Does my vagina look normal?
Like a set of fingerprints, each woman has a unique appearance of their vagina and labia. The majority of women who are considering a plastic surgery procedure (labiaplasty), are concerned about the appearance of the inner labia, or labia minora. During puberty, the labia minora grow to adult size and may protrude beyond the outer labia. The clitoral hood may become enlarged and add fullness at the top of the vulva. A labiaplasty procedure reduces the appearance of prominent inner labia and gives a "neat," or "tucked in," look.
Having a labiaplasty isn't always about appearance. Many women who have prominent labia have difficulty with exercise, wearing tight clothing, or with intercourse. It's common to have pulling, pinching, or chafing of the inner labia. This is painful and can be improved with a labiaplasty surgery.
I'm considering a labiaplasty, what's involved?
What type of labiaplasty does Dr. Hayes perform?
Not all labiaplasty techniques give the same results. Dr. Hayes uses an extended wedge labiaplasty technique that is more difficult to perform but, gives a superior result over the more common "trim" labiaplasty. A "trim" labiaplasty is essentially an amputation of the outer edge of the labia minora. It leaves a long scar along the outer labial edge, which is commonly closed with a baseball stitch. This can give an unnatural appearance to the labia, and over-resection is a well-known complication.
An extended wedge procedure is different. The natural labial edge is kept intact and is only crossed by a single incision traveling perpendicularly across the labial edge. Excess labial tissue is removed as a pie-shaped wedge and the incision is closed in layers with delicate sutures that are buried under the skin. All sutures are absorbable, and no sutures need to be removed.
How do you treat clitoral hood enlargement?
Enlargement of the clitoral hood creates fullness at the top of the vulva. The clitoral hood can be "tucked in" along with the inner labia by using incisions on the sides, and upper part, of the hood to make it smaller. Whether a woman would benefit from a clitoral hood reduction is determined during that consultation in the office.
Will labiaplasty affect my nerves and sensation?
An extended wedge labiaplasty surgery does not change the sensation of the clitoris or inner labial. The surgery removes superficial skin, so deep nerves are left untouched, so there are no raw nerve endings and no nerve injury. Even when a clitoral hood reduction is performed, the delicate nerves to the clitoris are preserved.
Will my partner know that I had a labiaplasty?
The scars from an extended wedge labiaplasty are hidden between the inner and outer labia (minor and majora), so that the scar is nearly impreceptible. All sutures are absorbable and are completely buried under the skin. NO SUTURE MARKS. Compare this to other techniques using baseball stitches to close, over-resection, and an unnatural appearance.
How can I schedule my appointment with Dr. Hayes?
Head to our contact page and put in your information. Dr. Hayes' scheduler will contact you to schedule an appointment for consultation. Dr. Hayes see patients in Portland, Seattle and Hood River.
Dr. Hayes is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body. He has offices in Portland, Seattle and Hood River.
Dr. Austin Hayes is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with offices in Portland, Seattle, and Hood River.