A comparison of the edge resection labiaplasty technique versus the wedge resection labiaplasty.
There are two approaches used to perform labiaplasty. The first, older technique is called the trim labiaplasty procedure or the edge resection labiaplasty which trims, or removes, the full length of the labia minora that protrude beyond the outer labia majora. The entire edge of the removed segment of the labia minora is then sutured. This was the earliest, and original, technique developed to perform labiaplasty, but it has potential complications. It carries a greater risk of loss of sensation at the edge of the labia and has more visible scarring. This technique is still performed by many surgeons today. It can also be warranted for women who are interested in removing pigmentation of the protruding labia.
Dr. Zuckerman typically performs a newer technique called the wedge labiaplasty or wedge resection labiaplasty. Using this technique, Dr. Zuckerman removes a central portion of the labia, brings the two cut ends together and sutures them. The wedge resection technique results in a significantly shorter scar and preserves most of the natural edge of the labia minora. This technique is most frequently used if there is a need to reduce the size of the clitoral hood as well.
Most labiaplasty procedures can be performed in Dr. Zuckerman’s office using local anesthesia. Alternatively, it can be performed in the operating room using general anesthesia at Dr. Zuckerman’s state-of-the-art operatory in midtown Manhattan. This operating room is fully equipped and accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), certifying it as a facility that strive for only the highest standard of care. The procedure can take approximately one to two hours, and patients can usually go home the same day. Most of these procedures are self-pay, but in some cases where there is documentation of ongoing physical problems, insurance will sometimes cover the cost. Dr. Zuckerman’s staff will be happy to help you with an insurance related claims and paperwork.