The Labiaplasty: A Basic Guide

Despite its popularity, the labiaplasty is one of the lesser talked about procedures.

Also known as a labia reduction, it involves reducing the size or reshaping the inner lips of the vulval region (the labia minora).

Why would you want to do that?

Cosmetic reasons – some feel that it’s unsightly or simply doesn’t look how they would like it to. This can lead to women avoiding sexual relationships.

Functional reasons – women can find it causes them discomfort or even pain in certain situations, such as during sexual intercourse, applying a tampon, or even walking.

Remember – the benefits of the labiaplasty outweigh any embarrassment that women may have about undergoing the procedure. And due to the amazing results, the number of procedures has risen greatly.

What you need to know:

The procedure

  • Usually carried out under local anaesthetic, with or without oral sedation
  • Usually involves just trimming the extra tissue of the labia minora that is no longer wanted or required, and then stitching the skin back up
  • Takes around 1-2 hours, depending on complexity of correction

The recovery

  • Total rest for 2 weeks
  • Avoid sexual activity for a minimum of 6 weeks (though this is dependent on the patient)
  • Can shower 48 hours after surgery
  • Stitches are self-dissolving and shouldn’t need to be removed
  • Avoid cardio for 2 weeks
  • Avoid heavy lifting and bending for 10 days
  • Can restart weight training in 6 weeks
  • Straddle activities like cycling and horseback riding should be avoided for 4 weeks

Are you interested in a labiaplasty, or simply would like to know more? Why don’t you reach out to Dr John and his team today?


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