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Trim vs Wedge: Which Labiaplasty Procedure is Right for You?

Jan 19th 2023

When it comes to labiaplasty, there are two main types of procedures: trim and wedge. But which one is right for you? In this blog post, we’ll explore each type to help you decide which is best for you.

At Kitto Plastic Surgery, we focus on highly individualized, very private and safe labiaplasty procedures.  Our practice provides recognizes that each procedure is as unique as the woman coming through our office doors. Sometimes it just feels better discussing these types of procedures with another woman, who can see things from a female perspective.

The Vulva 

The lips (labia) of the vulva come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Just like every other part of our bodies, no two labias are alike. Additionally, the labia are not part of the vagina and are located outside of the vagina. There are two types of labia:

  • Labia Majora: The labia majora are the larger, outer lips of the vulva. They typically measure between 2.5 and 4 centimeters in width. The labia majora are usually flesh-toned or slightly darker in color. They are covered with hair. 
  • Labia Minora: The labia minora are the smaller, thinner, inner lips of the vulva.  Unlike the labia majora which are covered by skin, the labia minora are covered by mucosa. They typically measure between 1 and 2.5 centimeters in width. The labia minora are usually flesh-toned or slightly darker in color.  A labia minora reduction in Richmond VA is one of the more common types of labia surgeries.

What is a Labiaplasty?

A woman’s labia can be affected by different things, from genetics to childbirth. When you’re considering labiaplasty, it’s important to choose a surgeon who has experience with these types of procedures and who will give you an honest opinion regarding your options and expectations. And having another woman by your side as your surgeon sometimes eases the stress associated with a decision of this nature.

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to reduce the size or change the shape of the labia. There are two main types of labiaplasty which Dr. Kitto performs:

  • Trim: A trim labiaplasty is a type of labiaplasty that aims to reduce the size of the inner lips by removing excess tissue from the free edge of the labia monora. 
  • Wedge: The wedge labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia minora by  removing a triangle-shaped piece of each labia minora. 

So, which one is right for you?

There are a few things to consider when choosing between a trim and wedge labiaplasty.

Consider Results: First, think about your desired outcome. If you’re looking for a more dramatic reduction in the size of your labia, the wedge procedure may be a better option. If you’re looking for a subtler reduction, the trim procedure may be a better option.

Consider Pain Tolerance: Second, think about your tolerance for discomfort and pain. The wedge procedure is more invasive, so it may be associated with more discomfort and pain than the trim procedure.

Consider Budget: Third, think about your budget. The wedge procedure is more complex, so it may be more expensive than the trim procedure.

Consider Recovery: Fourth, think about your recovery time. The wedge procedure is more invasive, so it may require a longer recovery time than the trim procedure.

Consider Your Case: Finally, talk to your doctor. If you are considering a labia minora plastic surgery in Richmond VA, our office at Kitto Plastic Surgery will be able to answer any questions you have and help you make the best decision for your body.

What is the Recovery Time Like for a Labiaplasty?

Recovery time for a labiaplasty will vary from person to person. Most people take approximately one week off from work or school to recover. During this time, you will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and pain. 

You will be prescribed pain medication to help you manage your discomfort. After the surgery, you should avoid strenuous activity, sexual activity, and tampon use for at least six weeks after your surgery.

How Do I Begin the Process?

The first step is to give us a call. Our office knows how difficult it can be to make a decision of this nature, and we are here for you every step of the way. We will help you navigate through your options, address any concerns that you may have, and find the best solution for your situation. So, relax, you’re in good hands with us at Kitto Plastic Surgery in Richmond, VA.

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