Introduction to Labiaplasty
A labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia minora (the inner lips surrounding the entrance to the vagina) so that they are well proportioned and more equal on both sides. This can help to alleviate discomfort during sporting activity and help to eliminate embarrassment with sexual partners, helping you to become more confident and comfortable.
Who is suitable for labial reduction surgery?
Many of our patients come to us as they suffer from discomfort or embarrassment as a result of the size and thickness of their labia minora. This area of the body grows during puberty (or can be torn and stretched during childbirth) and varies enormously from woman to woman. However, many women who have larger labia minora suffer irritation when wearing tight clothing and sportswomen in particular can find horse riding, cycling or other activities uncomfortable. Some of our patients also come to us as they are embarrassed about this part of their body in front of their sexual partners.
The procedure and risks
This procedure is either performed under local or general anaesthetic and takes around 30 minutes. A labiaplasty involves shortening or reshaping the labia minora, this is done by cutting away and removing unwanted tissue. Once the tissue is removed, the surgeon that will stitch the area with dissolvable stitches (they usually dissolve naturally within 5-7 days). After the surgery is completed, we will usually monitor you in hospital for around 8 hours afterwards.
As with every surgery, this procedure carries some risks such as infection, scarring and loss of sensation. Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you in detail at your consultation. After your surgery, we will ask you to take antibiotics to reduce the chances of infection. The likelihood of loss of sexual pleasure is very slim as the clitoris is not disturbed during the procedure. In fact, many of our patients have found that their sexual confidence improves after a labiaplasty, enhancing their experiences.
Your wellbeing is our number one priority and so we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions. Immediately after surgery, you will have 24-hour access to trained staff who will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange appointments for follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well.
2 weeks after surgery, one of our trained staff will see you to check on how you are healing. Your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up and if necessary, for subsequent appointments until you are fully recovered. The follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we’ll immediately make arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff and (if needed), by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As the Sthetix surgeons live and work locally, you can always see your surgeon at relatively short notice. After performing the surgery our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area. Very rarely, a surgeon may leave the local area for other commitments but if this happens, we will ensure that there is another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year from the date of your original surgery.
How long is the recovery period?
Most patients recover from this procedure after 2-4 weeks.
When can I resume sexual intercourse?
You can resume sexual activity 4-6 weeks after the procedure
When can I exercise?
You can usually exercise 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
When can I drive?
You should be comfortable to drive within 2 weeks of the procedure but please check with your insurance company before you do.
When can I go back to work?
You should be able to return to work within 2-4 weeks of the surgery.