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A Complete Guide to Labiaplasty

February 11, 2021

Plastic surgery can be undertaken for functional reasons, cosmetic reasons, or both. There are numerous procedures to help correct functional issues and the appearance of the body.

Undertaking plastic surgery is a personal decision, requiring research and professional advice to guide you through the chosen procedure and what realistic results you can expect.

Labiaplasty is becoming an increasingly common plastic surgery procedure for women.

What is labiaplasty?

Some women are born with large protruding labia minora (inner lips). This condition can also develop in some women after childbirth.

It can cause discomfort and physical pain, especially during physical activity.

As well as to relieve discomfort and pain, some women with this condition choose to have labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons.

A labiaplasty procedure reduces the labia to relieve discomfort and/or to improve appearance.

Before surgery, your doctor will conduct a physical examination and discuss in detail the procedure.

The procedure

Labiaplasty surgery is carried out under local anaesthesia to ensure patients are fully relaxed and comfortable. Patients can request general anaesthetic if they prefer.

There are two main techniques for labiaplasty, the trim method and the wedge method. At Hamilton House, the wedge method is employed to reduce the size of the labia.

This procedure generally takes between 1 to 2 hours.

Careful judgment is required to reduce the labia by just the right amount. This amount will differ from patient to patient.

The labia is reconstructed by suturing in three layers with very fine sutures, some of which will be self-dissolving. Local anaesthetic will again be applied to help make the postoperative period as pain-free as possible.

What are the risks?

The potential risks following labiaplasty surgery are minimal but can include:

  • Infection,
  • Bleeding,
  • Scarring,
  • Permanent changes in sensation,
  • Ongoing pain.

You may also feel some discomfort when sitting down or going to the bathroom.

Post-operative follow-ups are crucial to avoid any potential issues.

Your doctor will discuss any potential risks or complications with you before your surgery.

How long is recovery?

Following the procedure, a simple dressing will be applied to the area to absorb any discharge.

Patients are recommended to shower the day following surgery and to gently wash the surgical area. It is important to keep the area clean and free from infection.

Some soreness, bruising and swelling may affect the surgical area, but this will generally settle within a few days.

Patients will be required to take a few days off from work to recover before resuming normal activities as physical activity is not recommended for four weeks.

How much does it cost?

The cost of labiaplasty varies for each patient. It can be dependent on numerous factors including the complexity of your surgery, the surgeon’s fees and hospital fees.

It is important to receive a proper assessment and consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon in order to receive a realistic cost of the procedure.

Get professional advice

Plastic surgery, whether for labiaplasty, mole removal or a tummy tuck, is a big decision.

It’s important to get professional advice before undergoing plastic surgery to discuss your concerns and expectations. Your surgeon will give you the information you need to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible and make the right decision for your situation.

If you are concerned or unhappy with any aspect of your appearance or require further information on labiaplasty, please contact the team at Hamilton House to arrange a consultation.