What is a female genital flap?
A female genital flap is a preformed, custom-shaped skin graft. These are used to replace the clitoral prepuce and labia minora, in cases where there is a congenital or acquired defect. When a woman has a congenital defect, she is born with an underdeveloped or absent clitoral prepuce and labia minora. In this situation, the use of a female genital flap is warranted. On the other hand, when an adult loses her prepuce and/or labia minora due to a congenital disorder or surgical removal for cancer, reconstructive surgery may be necessary. This is also when a female genital flap may be used as a skin graft.
A female genital flap is a type of labiaplasty that creates a smaller, neater-looking version of the labia minora. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and usually takes about two hours to complete. It can be combined with other procedures, such as the labiaplasty itself, the clitoral hood reduction, or a vaginoplasty to tighten the vaginal opening.
A female genital flap is a type of labiaplasty surgery. Female genital flap surgery is a procedure that aims to reduce the size or change the shape of the labia minora, which is a part of the female genitals. This surgery is also known as labiaplasty (labioplasty). The labia minora are two soft folds of skin that surround the entrance to the vagina. The labia minora sometimes protrude beyond the entrance to the vagina, which can be uncomfortable and cause chafing in some women. There are different types of labiaplasty procedures that can help improve the appearance and comfort of this area.
Labial reduction: A common type of surgery for reducing excess tissue from the labia minora involves removing the excess tissue from either side of the vagina using an incision on each side. This procedure may be performed using local anesthesia, but general anesthesia is more commonly used for this procedure than for other types of vaginal surgery.
The shape and size of the labia minora vary among women. However, if you are dissatisfied with how your genital area looks, it is important to talk with your healthcare provider about your concerns and treatment options.