The form and function of the different parts of the vagina are closely linked to the female psyche and the perception of self in terms of attractiveness.
Oversized, elongated or asymmetrical labia minora – the inner vaginal lips that surround the entrance to the vagina – can cause irritation, discomfort and even embarrassment when wearing certain clothes or engaging in such activities as cycling and horse riding. It can also impact on a woman’s intimate relationships, as she may feel self-conscious.
Labiaplasty can help address these issues.
How is Labioplasty surgery performed?
Labioplasty is a one to two hour surgical procedure that alters the size of the labia folds around the vagina.
It’s most commonly performed for labial reduction, and reduction is usually carried out on the labia minora.
Labial augmentation is commonly used on the labia majora, the ‘outer lips’ on either side of the labia minora.
To avoid any clitoral injury and ensure an aesthetically pleasing result, surgery usually takes place under general anesthetic.
Typical timeline for a Labioplasty procedure:
Labioplasty is typically scheduled as a one-day procedure.
- Usually pain relief is required for around three to seven days after surgery. Bruising may result.
- After surgery, you should expect to be off work for a minimum three to four days to allow tissues to heal properly.
- You should wear loose, comfortable clothing during this time to reduce discomfort and swelling.
- Sexual or sporting activities can be resumed after two to three weeks, but it is important to discuss this with your surgeon.
- Scarring after the surgery is usually minimal. The scars are fine and typically hidden well within the natural skin creases.
Some patients may find that sexual sensations are improved after Labioplasty, as excess skin no longer interferes.