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Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty, also called labial reduction, is becoming increasingly popular as a solution for women who feel physical or emotional discomfort due to large or elongated inner labia (labia minora). Dr. William R. Burden and Dr. L. Scott Ennis of Destin Plastic Surgery perform labiaplasty procedures for women along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans, Mobile, and Pensacola to Panama City, Tallahassee, Birmingham, Atlanta, and even overseas.

For more information about labiaplasty procedures, request a consultationrequest a consultation online or call our office at (850) 654-1194. Located in Destin, Florida, we provide first-class services for patients from surrounding cities like Panama City and Pensacola, as well as neighboring states and international locations.

Before & After Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery

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Years ago, requests for the labiaplasty (reduction of the vaginal labia size) procedure was sporadic- maybe, 2 requests per year. As women have become more aware of the possibility of changing the size and shape of the labia, their requests for the procedure have risen dramatically. This prompted Dr. Burden to utilize a newer technique that significantly reduces the chance of painful scarring and maintains a more natural appearance. He was the first in the area to use this technique. To the right is an image of the changes made using Dr. Burden's technique. Notice the reduction in labia protrusion.

Reasons for Labiaplasty

Many women have concerns about the appearance of their vaginal area. The labia minora (inner vagina labia/lips) can be prominent and extend beyond the outer labia. Labial hypertrophy (large labia minora) may develop during puberty or following childbirth. Sometimes trauma to the labia minora leaves them misshapen. Finally, some women who have undergone a labiaplasty elsewhere in the past may require a revision.

Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis perform vaginal procedures using advanced techniques to improve both the aesthetics and any functional issues of the inner labia. Women choose this procedure to:

  • Increase self-confidence
  • Improve the appearance of misshapen labia
  • Reduce physical discomfort during exercise and intercourse
  • Look more attractive in bathing suits, yoga pants, and other fitted clothing

Before & After Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery

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Notice the difference in the labia minora following the labiaplasty procedure performed by Dr. Ennis.

Complementary Procedures

Women who are interested in labiaplasty may choose to combine it with one or a combination of the following procedures:

  • Hoodectomy removes excess skin from around the clitoris that may cause discomfort.
  • Lipoinfiltration of the outer labia provides a plump, more youthful appearance through injections of the patient's own fat.
  • Rejuvenation of the pubic area reduces sagging skin and excess fat that may collect in this area.
  • Vaginal rejuvenation tightens the vagina and surrounding tissues.

For more information about cosmetic enhancement of the female genitals, visit our Vaginal Rejuvenation & Labiaplasty FAQ.

Labiaplasty may also be performed as part of a Mommy Makeover for a more comprehensive renewal of a woman's body after pregnancy and childbirth. Occasionally, we may recommend non-surgical ThermiVa® to help tighten and minimize the labia minora and other structures of the genitals.

Specialized Technique

Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis perform labiaplasty using a specialized technique that preserves sensation to the labia minora. Many non-plastic surgeons perform this procedure by simply "trimming" the labia. This technique results in odd shaped labia with a "stump-like" appearance. The amputation technique used by others can result in a loss of sensation or painful areas along the labia. Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis approach labiaplasty surgery from a cosmetic and functional standpoint in which the overall appearance and sensation are taken into consideration. They use small flaps to reduce the size of the labia minora, enabling them to greatly enhance the overall appearance while, in most cases, preserving sensation.

Recovery Time

Patients may experience mild swelling and discomfort for the first few weeks after labia reduction surgery. Most patients are ready to return to work that is not strenuous after just a few days. High-intensity exercise, intercourse, and impact sports must be delayed for about 6 weeks.

Results

By performing a simple cosmetic procedure such as a labiaplasty, our surgeons can significantly improve overall appearance and function of the labia. Women frequently state it is much easier to wear tight-fitting clothing, and the irritation and discomfort previously felt with exercise is noticeably reduced, if not eliminated.

William R. Burden, M.D., FACS, and L. Scott Ennis, M.D., FACS, are known for their experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. Drs. Burden and Ennis not only treat many patients from Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham but also from around the world. Many people travel from Europe, South America, and Asia to Destin to seek out their services.

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