Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Labiaplasty is a great procedure what gets very little attention, even from gynecologists.

Seattle plastic surgeon does labiaplastyMaybe Eve just needs a labiaplasty and she can lose that fig leaf.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about Labiaplasty, a very private and very appreciated procedure.

Okay, let’s talk about something really. really private – the labia minora.  These are the inner lips surrounding a woman’s vaginal opening and, as is all bodily structures, there is a wide variation of “normal”.

 An adult woman’s labia can be very small, moderate sized, too big or in some cases very asymmetric.  Some women with large and elongated labia have real issues with these private parts.  Elongated labia can cause discomfort with biking, sitting, horse back riding (ouch!), tight clothing, intercourse, etc.  They can also cause embarrassment in the health club dressing room or in the bed room.

So what causes “labial hypertrophy”?  Who knows?   There has never, to my knowledge, been any research conducted in this area.   It’s my opinion that some ladies just have it and most don’t.  It also makes sense that difficult vaginal delivery could stretch the labia out to some degree but I do not base that on anything other than what patients have told me.

What ever the cause of labial hypertrophy, labiaplasty is a procedure that is very effective, has a fairly quick recovery and has a high patient satisfaction rate.  The technical details depend on the patient’s individual anatomy and it’s important to women to understand that I cannot make their “down there” look like someone else’s “down there”.    And I certainly cannot make a grown woman’s bits look like her prepubescent daughter’s.

In the right patient with realistic expectations, labiaplasty can really make a woman more comfortable both physically and emotionally.  I am always shocked, shocked when I see a woman in my office who says she has mentioned her labial concerns with her family doc, her internist and even her gynecologist and her concerns were dismissed as trivial.

  Oh well, I am very pleased to be able to offer patients this procedure.  It usually goes very well and patients are usually very grateful.

Thanks for reading and spread the word about labiaplasty!  Maybe Rosie will do a show on the procedure!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

 

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