Trim labiaplasty vs wedge labiaplasty

Trim labiaplasty vs wedge labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure – the size and shape of a woman’s labia can often affect how they feel about their body as a whole. If they feel it is larger or more elongated than normal then this can have two possible implications. Firstly, it can cause discomfort; causing pain during intercourse, during some sports and also sometimes if they are wearing too tight clothing. The other problem can be is that the look and feel of the labia can cause women to feel self-conscious. 

A plastic surgeon can help address both of these problems with a procedure known as a labiaplasty. This is where the labia can be reshaped so that it is smoother and smaller, directly targeting the physical issues they may be suffering from, as well as greatly boosting self-confidence. 

There are two ways in which this can be achieved: the ‘wedge’ approach and the ‘trim’ approach. 

Trim labiaplasty surgery

The trim technique is the most commonly practised. An incision is made into the outside of the inner labia and part of the skin is removed. This aligns the size and shape of the inner labia more closely with the outer labia and makes the area tidier. The part of the inner labia that is removed is often darker in colour too, which is one of the reasons some women report feeling self-conscious about this area. 

Any risks?

All surgeries carry a certain amount of risk and the main challenge with a trim labiaplasty is ensuring that the two sides of the inner and outer labia match up accurately and are nicely aligned. There are the usual risks of bleeding and infection after the operation, although the risks are small as the incision is not significant. Maintaining good personal hygiene while you’re healing and wearing loose fitting clothes to aid circulation are both advised.  There will also be a scar present along the length of the labia, but this is well hidden and most patients feel the scar is far less unsightly compared with overlylarge natural labia. 

Wedge labiaplasty surgery

This is a much newer technique and one that uses a very different approach. A ‘wedge’ is cut from the top of the labia which takes skin from both sides, reducing it in size and shape. The remaining area is then sewn back together to make the smoother, more compact finish that most are looking for from this procedure. This is often recommended if you have an uneven or imbalanced labia

Any risks?

As with the trim approach, care has to be taken when healing to ensure that the area is kept clean and dry. The other main difference is that this does not remove any of the darker colour to the labia, so some women may still be dissatisfied with the look of their labia, even when it has reduced in size. 

Which labiaplasty procedure is best for me?

As with any procedure, the clearer you are in explaining your expectations to your surgeon, the better the chance is that you will end with a result that you are happy with. Both techniques can yield satisfactory results and your surgeon will be able to recommend the best approach for you once they are clear about your own personal motivations and preferences.