Wedge vs. Trim Technique. Which Labiaplasty Technique is Right for You?

Wedge vs. Trim Technique. Which Labiaplasty Technique is Right for You?

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the labia minora. According to the latest statistical data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), labiaplasty surgery has increased by more than 48 percent from the previous year. Dr. Gary Alter, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills, California, explains why women undergo this procedure and the difference between the wedge and trim techniques.

“The greatest issue is the enlargement of the inner lips of the vagina, or the labia minora. Women are either uncomfortable because they have discomfort from their large labia or they are so embarrassed that it prevents them from being sexually active,” explains Dr. Alter.

The trim technique is when the plastic surgeon trims the labia along the outer edge. The downside is it leaves a scar going from the top to the bottom which causes discomfort as the scar rubs against the clothes.
“I felt it was unnatural and leads to a higher incidence of discomfort, so about 22 years ago I developed the central wedge technique. The way that works is instead of trimming the labia along the edge, I take a wedge out of the part that sticks out the most and then close the opening keeping the normal atomy and outer rim but making it smaller,” explains Dr. Alter.

The benefits are the labia looks more natural and there is less chance of getting chronic discomfort.

“With a trim technique there is a higher chance of having irregularities, other deformities or asymmetry but that is very uncommon with the wedge technique,” notes Dr. Alter.

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