Is it normal to have one vaginal lip larger than the other?

There are women who have one of the labia minora of the vagina excessively large, causing an asymmetry. This difference in size can cause a certain aesthetic discomfort, negatively affecting the woman’s self-esteem, as well as her intimate relations.

Apart from aesthetic problems, it can also cause visible discomfort when wearing tight clothing, such as a swimsuit or sportswear. Likewise, it is also easier to have vulvar vestibulitis (irritation of the vaginal lips) or rashes due to rubbing.

Is it normal to have one vaginal lip larger than the other?

The answer is yes. It is a fairly common asymmetry that many women may experience after pregnancy and childbirth.

Thanks to labiaplasty, it is possible to improve this small complex, as well as to improve possible genital discomfort. It is not something we should be ashamed of, since wanting to improve parts of our body is common, both in men and women. Improving our intimate well-being should not be a taboo subject.

What is labiaplasty?

Reduction labiaplasty is the technique used by cosmetic surgery specialists to reshape or reduce large or asymmetrical labia minora. Laser labiaplasty offers excellent aesthetic and functional results, with simple outpatient surgery and an uncomplicated postoperative period.

The labia minora of the vagina may undergo changes after pregnancy or childbirth. This is caused by the stretching and distension that the labia undergo, unable to return to their previous appearance. It may also be caused by an anatomical variant developed during puberty.

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Advantages of laser labiaplasty

The CO2 laser offers multiple advantages:

  • It allows to cut the excess tissue in a precise way with a scalpel, avoiding possible scar retractions.
  • The scars are barely perceptible and are hidden, without causing discomfort during daily life or sexual relations.
  • The CO2 laser allows absolute control of the recovery time.

Steps prior to a labia minora reduction

First of all, it is important to explain the reasons why you wish to undergo the procedure. It is also important to indicate what expectations and desires you have.

It is not necessary to have any kind of modesty when exposing the situation, since it is something totally normal. In this previous moment, any doubts or concerns the patient may have should also be resolved.

Tests before the intervention:

  • Blood tests
  • Electrogram

Regarding the operation, it can be performed in the same office, under local anesthesia. This technique lasts approximately 45 minutes. In any case, general anesthesia is generally recommended, so that the patient has the maximum comfort.

After the operation and after two hours, an assessment of the patient’s condition is made and the patient can return home.

What is the postoperative period like?

The postoperative period is very bearable, since in two days it is possible to recover the daily activity. During these days it is advisable to rest, without the need to stay in bed.

In general, there is no pain, although there may be some swelling in the area, so it is recommended to apply cold in the operated area. For the stitches, care is based on applying an antibiotic ointment and petroleum jelly, which will help to waterproof the incision. If treated carefully, the scars will eventually be hidden, disappearing during the first postoperative year.

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The patient will take painkillers and anti-inflammatories in case there is any discomfort. It will also be necessary to take antibiotics.

After 10 or 12 days, the stitches that have not detached by themselves will be removed in consultation.

Finally, it is important not to practice sports during the first two weeks, nor sexual relations during the first two months. This will ensure that the scars are completely healed.

Final result

The intervention in Dr. Salvador Lopez’s office leaves 100% of the patients completely satisfied with the results. These patients did not suffer any complications, neither during the surgery nor during the postoperative period.

For any questions or clarification, go to the private consultation at Clínica Corachán II.