Dr. Decherd performs labiaplasty (labia rejuvenation) for San Antonio area women who have enlarged, hypertrophic, or asymmetrical labia minora. A labia deformity can be the result of excessive stretching from pregnancy, childbirth or weight loss. In most cases, the incisions made during labiaplasty surgery are virtually undetectable after complete healing. Our patients are generally extremely pleased with the beautiful and natural-looking results. While the physical results alone are important for many women, they also remark that they have a significant reduction (or elimination) of the symptoms caused by an enlarged labia, including chronic irritations, a bulging appearance, and discomfort during sexual activity.
"Dr Decherd has done amazing work, I am recovering from my mommy make over right now and even though I am not fully recovered yet I love love love my results. I had to wait for my consult but once I did I had a wonderful experience with the nurses, front staff and Dr Dechard. The day of my surgery the nurses had the best bedside manner and help me feel at ease, they were very clear on after care instructions to my husband. I could not recommend them enough! I did have other consults before choosing Dechard and none of them gave me a good fuzzy feeling. If I ever need anything else I’m coming only to Dr Dechard !!!"- B.C. / Yelp / Jun 09, 2022
"Dr Decherd has done amazing work, I am recovering from my mommy make over right now and even though I am not fully recovered yet I love love love my results. I had to wait for my consult but once..."- B.C. / Yahoo / Jun 08, 2022
"Super friendly and professional team. Dr. Dechard also has a great bed side manner. Can’t recommend him enough. Take a look at his before and after photos…they speak volumes."- A.G. / Google / Apr 25, 2022
"From the first consult Dr. Decherd and his staff gave me the assurance that I was in the right place and answered every question I could think of before and after my surgery. I had a tummy tuck which included muscle repair as well as some lipo to the flanks. My scar is super low, barely noticeable, and my belly button looks like I was born with it! My breast lift with implants look amazing and feel like my own. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my results! I would definitely return in the future should I like more work done.Overall, this was the bast experience and I am extremely happy with my new body! I only regret not doing it sooner! "- L. / Healthgrades / Apr 20, 2022
"I was so nervous coming into this appointment, but from the moment I walked into his office his staff was so friendly. So a huge "thank you" to the front office for making me feel comfortable the moment I walked in. I cannot thank Dr. Decherd enough for how easy he made this appointment. His bedside manners and easy going personality made this decision that much easier. Not once did he push any procedures, he listened to what I wanted and my concerns. It has been almost 2 months since my procedure and I absolutely love my outcome and feel amazing! I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Decherd, 5 stars does him no justice. Thank you again Dr. Decherd & Staff!"- Y.C. / Google / Apr 14, 2022
Before aesthetic surgeons improved the labiaplasty procedure, the approach was to amputate the excess skin and fold deformity. This approach led to numerous complications including scarring and sensory nerve damage. It is important to find a skilled labiaplasty surgeon who understands that this cosmetic surgery requires some reconstructive processes. Qualified surgeons will be able to incorporate the latest reshaping techniques so that it not only reduces the size, but also preserves most of the natural contour, color and sensitivity of the labia with minimal scarring.
How Labiaplasty is Performed
Labiaplasty can be performed a couple of different ways. One technique uses surgical tools to reshape the inner folds of the labia so they no longer protrude. Essentially, it creates a contoured “V” shape wedge that is removed in order to reduce the size. The remaining edges are sewn with absorbable sutures for a natural appearance. Another technique is one that uses a laser to trim and reshape the labia. This is known medically as “laser labial rejuvenation”. While this approach is effective, it is generally more suitable for smaller skin defects of the labia.
Labiaplasty is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. In surgical cases where a smaller defect exists, a local anesthesia may be used. The entire surgery typically takes 1-2 hours to complete. Following this surgery, women should rest and avoid any activities that will result in additional swelling and discomfort. Vigorous exercise, vaginal intercourse, the use of tampons and douching should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. The incisions made during surgery are minimal. In most cases, the scarring will be almost undetectable.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
OBGYN or Plastic Surgeon?
Many OBGYNs are capable of performing labiaplasty. However, this procedure is considered a cosmetic surgery. There is more to the technique than just removing the deformity. Aesthetic issues, such as scarring, symmetry, pigmentation and shape, play an important role. For these reasons, a cosmetic surgeon is sometimes the better choice to correct this condition.
Impact on Intercourse?
This procedure does not impact sexual intercourse in a negative way. If anything, labiaplasty helps to restore any lost sensation because it removes excess skin and tissue blocking the vaginal opening and clitoris. A knowledgeable surgeon will avoid placing incisions near the clitoral region and will carefully work to protect and preserve the sensory nerves.
Pregnancy After Surgery?
It is recommended that women wait to have labiaplasty until after childbearing is complete. If the labia deformity cannot wait until after a pregnancy, the patient will need to understand that the surgical results may be compromised by a later pregnancy. It is important to discuss any pregnancy plans with your cosmetic surgeon so that a pre- and post-pregnancy surgical plan can be put into place.