Does Labiaplasty Affect Vaginal Sensitivity and Sensation?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


The overall appearance and structure of the vaginal area differs greatly from one woman to another. When pregnancy, childbirth, and aging cause the vaginal tissue to change, there is surgical help available. SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA offers labiaplasty, a vaginal rejuvenation surgery specifically focused on reshaping the inner vaginal lips, also called the labia minora. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi helps women with excessively large or asymmetrical labia tissue that may cause physical discomfort, embarrassment, or other issues.

Most women are unsure about labiaplasty surgery because they are concerned about losing vaginal sensitivity and sensation. Fortunately, labiaplasty is a relatively simple and effective procedure that does not put vaginal sensation at risk. During this procedure, the excess or low-hanging tissues of the labia are gently removed to create visually appealing vaginal tissue that causes minimal friction. During your consultation with Dr. Kelishadi, he will explain the process in full, including labiaplasty and sexual sensation as well as the side effects of labiaplasty. Schedule a consultation today by contacting the professional staff at SSK Plastic Surgery.

About the labiaplasty procedure

When the inner or outer vaginal lips are enlarged, wearing clothing such as swimsuits or leggings can be uncomfortable. This is because certain types of clothes tend to place extra pressure on the vulva, resulting in skin irritation. Through careful tissue reduction, it is possible to alleviate these problems and make the area more comfortable again. The removal of unnecessary tissue can also enhance a woman’s sexual pleasure. This is especially true when the procedure includes the reduction of the clitoral hood. At SSK Plastic Surgery, labiaplasty is performed in the office under local anesthesia. Dr. Kelishadi will create an individualized surgical plan for you to ensure the very best outcome.

Side effects of labiaplasty

As with any surgery, patients may feel some discomfort at the surgical site following their labiaplasty procedure. It is normal to experience some swelling and inflammation, which can be alleviated with a cold compress as long as it is not directly applied to the skin. Many women find that drugstore pain medications can help keep them comfortable during recovery. Patients may shower but should avoid submerging the treated area in water for a couple of weeks following the procedure. While a little spotting and discharge are normal during the healing process, any excessive fluids should be reported to Dr. Kelishadi right away.

Dr. Kelishadi and his staff at SSK Plastic Surgery will make sure to address any issues to maximize your comfort and safety. This includes post-surgical instructions and expected recovery time, along with tips for home care. Not all patients heal from labiaplasty in the same way, which is why our clinic will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor your healing progress. Please contact our office if you are concerned about the side effects of labiaplasty or if you have any questions or concerns. Once the swelling has gone down and the tissue has healed, you can enjoy smaller and more rejuvenated vaginal tissue.

Labiaplasty and sexual sensation

Some women are concerned about labiaplasty and sexual sensation. Vaginal sensitivity is based on the surgery and how long your body needs to heal. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise or sexual intercourse for at least 4 – 6 weeks, or as recommended by Dr. Kelishadi. Since no nerves are removed or damaged during labiaplasty surgery, the sensations you feel should be the same as before treatment. In fact, since unnecessary tissue was removed, many women report enhanced sensation after labiaplasty. If you are considering undergoing surgery in order to achieve smaller and more symmetrical labia tissue, the staff at SSK Plastic Surgery can help you get the process started.

Schedule your consultation today

Enlarged labia tissue is a cosmetic and functional concern for many women. Patients who are unhappy with their vaginal area may have difficulty wearing certain clothes or engaging in intimate activities with their partners. For these individuals, undergoing a procedure to reduce their labia can have a wonderful effect on their personal lives. With labiaplasty surgery, women can improve the appearance of their labia, increase comfort, and ultimately boost their self-confidence. If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced plastic surgeon in Orange County to perform labiaplasty, look no further than Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kelishadi performs labiaplasty surgery in a comfortable and private environment. Schedule a consultation at our Newport Beach facility today.

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