Objective To explore an optimal surgical approach for different types of labia minora hypertrophy and to design a better personalized surgical treatment plan for patients. Methods Forty-five patients with labia minora treated in our department from January 2014 to January 2019 were the study participants. Depending upon the appearance of the labia minora, they were divided into length labia minora hypertrophy, width labia minora hypertrophy, overall labia minora hypertrophy, and labia hypertrophy combined with clitoris foreskin. By combining the characteristics of the patient’s labia minora hypertrophy and the aesthetic requirements for postoperative appearance, we designed a personalized treatment plan for each group of patients. The surgical approaches include upper pedicle flap wedge resection, upper and lower pedicle flap similar to wedge resection, lower pedicle flap pedicle wedge resection, and labia minora combined with clitoris foreskin surgery. We followed up the postoperative results, recovery, and complication rates for a period of 3 months. Results All patients who underwent surgery had good wound healing. The labia minora had good bilateral symmetry, moderate size, and desired appearance. The scar of the surgical incision was also not obvious. The postoperative labia minora felt normal without any serious complications. Overall, the treatment effect was satisfactory. Conclusion There are many surgical methods for the reduction in the labia minora. Our findings suggest that in order to achieve better results, a personalized surgical plan should be designed considering the patient’s unique type of hypertrophy and the individual aesthetic requirements.
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Thanks to Dr. Shen Weimin and Dr. Yang Tianrong for providing technical guidance.
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Yang, E., Hengshu, Z. Individualized Surgical Treatment of Different Types of Labia Minora Hypertrophy. Aesth Plast Surg 44, 579–585 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-019-01545-9
- Labia minora hypertrophy
- Personalized surgery