Hypertrophic labia minora represent a condition of the enlarged small lips, and sometimes there is an overlap and the vaginal opening is covered. This condition can cause aesthetic, functional and psychological problems. Patients may have interference with sexual intercourse, doing sports, or hygiene.
How does hypertrophic labia minora form?
Hypertrophic labia minora may be:
- Acquired - small lips enlarge after birth, injury or during the natural aging process.
How is hypertrophic labia minora diagnosed?
The diagnosis is made by a simple clinical examination.
How is hypertrophic labia minora treated?
The definitive solution is surgery. The aim of the surgery is to establish the correct proportion of the small and large lips while achieving maximum aesthetic effect.
Surgeons dealing with this issue are closely specialized in the field of urogenital and reconstructive surgery. The surgery performed is called labioplasty.
Labioplasty involves the reconstruction and surgical modeling of the labia, whereby excess tissue is removed. The intervention can be performed under local anesthesia. The intervention is planned after the end of the menstrual cycle, with the aim of facilitating the postoperative course.
What does postoperative recovery look like?
- Shortly after the intervention, the patient is discharged home.
- The sutures used are going to dissolve spontaneously, so no removal by the surgeon is required, which contributes to the comfort of the postoperative flow itself.
- Antibiotics are administered as well as swelling and pain medication.
- Abstinence from sexual intercourse and heavy exercise for 4 weeks is required.