Labiaplasty, also known as labial reshaping, aims to reduce the size of the labia minora and to improve their appearance. Most women who request this surgery are suffering from discomfort, dryness or soreness during sex that relates to enlarged labia.
Am I a suitable candidate for labiaplasty?
If the symptoms that you are experiencing relate to the shape and size of your labia, then you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty. When you come to see me in the out-patient clinic, I will talk through the problems you are experiencing and then perform an examination of your genital area. As this is a very delicate area for patients, the examination is always undertaken in sensitive manner with a female chaperone to give you confidence and reassurance.
What happens during a labiaplasty procedure?
The surgery is always carried out under a general anaesthetic with you asleep. The areas to be removed are carefully marked before any incisions are made. It is very important to leave some labia behind as total removal of the labia is not the aim of the surgery and could cause problems if this were to happen. Once the excess labia has been removed, the wound is sutured using dissolving stitches and local anaesthetic is injected so that the area is numb when you wake up.
Are there any possible risks or complications associated with a labiaplasty procedure?
Recovery after labiaplasty is usually relatively quick and patients are able to control any discomfort with over-the-counter painkillers. I will give you comprehensive aftercare instructions which cover how to look after your wound, when you can resume normal activities and exercise and what problems to look out for afterwards.
All surgery carries potential risks such as infection, bleeding, swelling and skin numbness caused by nerve injury. There are also a number of potential complications specific to labiaplasty surgery that include over-correction, under-correction, pain and lumps and bumps.
What results can I expect from my labiaplasty procedure?
Scarring usually heals very well after labiaplasty and should be almost unnoticeable when they fully heal.
The patient shown here, who has very kindly consented to her photographs being used to show other patients, demonstrates the sort of result to be expected.
Satisfaction after a labiaplasty procedure is usually very high, with many women finding their confidence in their physical appearance is greatly improved and their symptoms resolved.