Contrary to what the advertising industry likes to tell us, there is an incredible amount of variety and diversity in the size and shape of a normal body. There is even a great deal of variety in what is considered normal for any one body part, including the genital area. For some women, however, the size and shape of their labia, in particular the degree to which they protrude, can be a source of tremendous social anxiety and even physical discomfort. If you are one of these women, a labiaplasty can be a life-changing option.
There are two methods that are generally used when performing a labiaplasty; the trim method, and the wedge method. They each have their pluses and minuses, so it’s important to discuss both during your consultation with Dr. Liu. Before going into your consultation, you should have a general idea of the difference between the two so that you can focus more on your specific circumstances.
The trim method is the most commonly used labia reduction technique, because it is the simplest to perform. With this technique the surgeon removes tissue from along the entire length of the labia. The incision is then sutured closed to promote more rapid healing.
This method allows the labia minora to be trimmed to an even length with the labia majora, or sometimes even shorter. It also results in the removal of the entire outer edge of the labia minora. This outer edge tends to darken with age, and its removal can result in a more youthful appearance. On the downside, the resulting scar tissue is sometimes very sensitive, and the smoothness of the labial edge resulting from this technique can appear unnatural.
This method of labiaplasty involves the removal of a V-shaped, or triangular shaped piece of labial tissue. The cut edges of the labia are then sutured together to form a new, smaller labia. Rather than creating a smooth labial edge, this technique uses the remaining natural edge tissue to create the new edge, preserving the natural color and texture of the patient’s labia minora but with a smaller form.
The advantage of this method is that any scar tissue formed does so away from the edge of the labia, thereby minimizing excess sensitivity and visibility. If it is the appearance of the edge of your labia that bothers you, however, you may wish to utilize the trim method.
Understanding the differences between the two most common forms of labiaplasty will help you make an informed decision about what type of procedure is best for you. For more information, book a consultation with Dr. Liu to discuss which options are most suitable in your circumstances.