Labia Reduction Surgery (Labiaplasty)
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Labiaplasty, or Labia Reduction Surgery, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves modifying the size or shape of large or uneven labia.
It is natural to have folds of skin around the opening of the vagina and for most, this does not cause any discomfort. The appearance of the labia varies in colour, size and shape between individuals. The labia may continue to grow past puberty and into adulthood. The labia can also change with childbirth and with age; labia reduction surgery permanently reverses this.
Is this right for me?
Size shape and colour of labia vary between individuals and it can grow and change after puberty, childbirth and with age. If the appearance of the labia concerns you and it affects your self-esteem and relationship then labiaplasty can reduce your labia to the desired size and shape to improve your self-confidence.
For some it’s a functional problem where the labia can get caught in clothing and makes it uncomfortable during cycling or horse riding. It can cause excess sweating, irritation and rash. Labiaplasty aims to improve the discomfort and hygiene and allow you to get on with your hobbies and activities.
Some can find intercourse and sexual relationship difficult due to the excessive size of the labia. This tends to not only lower their self-esteem and confidence but also cause intimacy issues due to the discomfort during sex, which can be overcome with a simple labiaplasty procedure.
What the procedure involves
Labiaplasty, labia reduction or vaginal lip reduction is surgery performed under local anaesthetic. Some choose to have it under general anaesthetic.
Our plastic surgeons aim to reduce the size, shape and appearance of the labia in away that not only it looks natural but the scars are hidden within the folds of the skin.
Long lasting anaesthetic is applied to the area and with careful planning the excess tissue is removed and the labia is sutured together to reform a natural appearance that is neatly tucked away from view.
Absorbable sutures are used which will dissolve between 1 to 3 weeks.
The labia will be swollen and bruised for a week and there may be some discomfort during this time for which you may need to take analgesia for.
Our cosmetic surgeons will arrange to see you in a week to assess the wound and check on the healing. You can normally resume sexual intercourse at about 3 to 6 weeks after surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have a labiaplasty if I’ve not had children yet?
How long is the downtime from labia reduction?
When can I resume sexual intercourse?
When do the absorbable sutures dissolve?
Will the extra labia ever come back?
What are the benefits of Labiaplasty?
- Increased comfort during normal activities such as exercise
- Reduced discomfort during intercourse
- Reduced visibility of labia in clothing
- Enhanced aesthetic appearance of the area
Is Labiaplasty right for me?
Some feel that over time their labia has enlarged and elongated causing discomfort in clothing, during sexual intercourse, or may be affected by disease of the area. Others want their labia to look a certain way and choose to have a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons.It’s not uncommon for people’s relationships to be negatively affected as a result by an enlarged or uncommonly shaped labia and it can make some patients feel very self-conscious. In the hands of an experienced plastic or cosmetic surgeon this is a safe straightforward procedure to permanently reduce the size of your labia and get you back to feeling your best
What does Labia Reduction Surgery involve?
Labiaplasty (Labia Reduction) is performed under local or general anaesthetic. Our cosmetic surgeons will listen to your concerns and needs and discuss the surgical options which best suit you.
During Labia reduction surgery, the excess tissue is removed to keep the size, shape and colour symmetrical and looking natural with scars hidden within the natural folds of skin, resulting in a defined and neatly shaped labia. For most patients, the surgery takes approximately 60 to 90 mins. The scars are virtually invisible and reduction in the size of the labia not only gives comfort in clothing and during sex but it can also improve the cosmetic appearance of the labia.
Labiaplasty Surgery at Bella Vou
Our team of experienced plastic surgeons, including renowned cosmetic surgeon Mr Amir Nakhdjevani have performed the labiaplasty procedures for many years and will consult with you directly on the process of your procedure, answering any questions that you may have.
The surgery was quick and no where near as awkward as I thought it was going to be! The aftercare advice from Amir has been really helpful, and I can't thank him and everyone at Bella Vou enough for the amazing treatment that I received.
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