Labiaplasty - A procedure for women that is growing in popularity.

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Dr. Adrian Lo, Philadephia’s Top Doc in plastic and cosmetic surgery, was just named South Jersey Magazine's TOP DOC for women (Spring 2014) and is pleased to discuss the topic of the appearance of Labia (and how plastic surgery can make them smaller) helping women regain their confidence and feel good about themselves again. Dr. Adrian Lo, Philly’s premiere plastic and cosmetic surgeon has been practicing in the Philadelphia region for over 22 years, and specializes in Labiaplasty.

“It is important to talk to the women and understand the look they wish to achieve."

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of the vagina. Labia, or the “inner lips” that are on either side of the vaginal opening, may have always been large since puberty or become stretched and enlarged with pregnancy or age. Sometimes it may also be uneven or asymmetric, as well as being enlarged. If a woman is unhappy with herself in this area, or finds that there are problems because of this, plastic surgery can help and often fully correct any problems. Difficulty and discomfort wearing clothes is a common complaint, exercising (such as riding a bicycle) may be uncomfortable and discomfort during sexual intercourse is common with this condition. Occasionaly, women may report more frequent urinary tract infections.

Suzanne, a typical patient, states “I had difficulty wearing yoga pants, it was very uncomfortable and during sex, was actually painful." For her and other women, a labiaplasty procedure to trim the labia and make the labia smaller and more proportionate is usually recommended.

Labiaplasty is done as an outpatient procedure and takes no more than an hour. Normally, a light general anesthetic or a twilight sedation is used for comfort during the procedure. After the procedure, the care is very simple. Pain is usually not severe and controlled with regular pain medications. Local application of ice is used for the first 24-48 hours for swelling. Normal cleansing and showers are allowed. Some light bleeding or spotting is normal for the first few days, and a feminine pad may be worn. There can be some bruising for about 1 week. Loose fitting clothing is recommended and light activity for 2 weeks. The stitches dissolve by themselves. Sexual activity may be resumed in about 3 weeks with adequate lubrication.

Dr. Lo states, “It is important to talk to the women and understand the look and correction they wish to achieve." Dr. Lo recommends that the labia should project to the level of the labia majora or “outer lips” or slightly below. When reduced and trimmed, it should nicely blend superiorly with the clitoral hood skin and inferiorly with the lower labia portion. With some women, Dr. Lo will recommend clitoral hood reduction, which is an additional procedure combined with labiaplasty to remove the extra skin around the clitoris. Dr. Lo wishes to emphasize that during a labiaplasty or clitoral hood reduction procedure, the actual clitoris is never touched, so that the women’s sensitivity and sensation remains the same. Please visit for more details.

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