Labia minora reduction
Labiaplasty or labioplasty is a recently popularized plastic surgery procedure of the female external genitalia folds - the labia minora and/or the labia majora. Labiaplasty reduces the size and reshapes the inner lips of the outside of the vagina or the labia minora, or the outer lips, called labia majora.
Many women are born with too large, irregular, or asymmetrical labia minor. Others develop stretching and elongation of the labia as a result of childbirth or with aging. This presents not only an aesthetic predicament but more importantly a functional hindrance. Women with large and irregular labia are often embarrassed during sexual interactions, and feel uncomfortable with wearing bathing suites, tight clothes, or jogging shorts. Others experience pain or irritation during intercourse or feel that they can not reach optimal sexual pleasure because of the hindrance of their bulky labia minor.
Traditionally, most gynecologists or plastic surgeons utilize the direct excision and reduction method of labiaplasty. With this method a long strip of the labia minora is excised, leaving a surgical incision at the edge of the Labia which takes longer to heal and can become sensitive. When feasible doctor utilizes technique which leaves no external scars, preserves maximum genital sensation, and looks very natural.
Labioplasty female surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed with sedation and local anesthesia. This procedure is rather short, and takes less than hour. Often labia minora reduction is performed in conjunction with clitoral hood reduction.
Most patients experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising after labioplasty which lasts two to seven days. During this time, women can experience some spotting, and/or urinary hesitance. They should wear pads, and apply ointment to the surgical sites for comfort. They can take a shower or wash within six hours of surgery, and as frequently as they wish, then after. Although you can return to a sedate activities and work within two days, you should refrain from jogging, biking, horseback riding, running, heavy lifting, and sexual intercourse for about 4-6 weeks.
Labiaplasty is considered a minor surgical procedure, and thus is relatively safe. The most common potential complications are bleeding, minor infection, incision breakdown, scarring, and/or irritation.
During your consultation doctor will show you preoperative and postoperative photos, discuss all details including: the latest available treatment options and techniques, potential risks and complications, pre- and post-treatment instructions, recovery course, as well as what to expect afterwards.
In our clinic for our patients comfort most often this surgery is performed by female plastic surgeon, but you may choose male plastic surgeon as well.