Labiaplasty or labia reduction is an incredibly personal procedure.
A number of women have excess skin and tissue in the genital area. There are several reasons for this including childbirth, ageing, trauma or congenital defects. Excess tissue can result in pain or discomfort during everyday activities, or it can just make you self-conscious during intimacy.
Rectifying this issue has only been an option relatively recently. Labiaplasty is a simple procedure. It can improve comfort as well as the overall appearance of your genital region, giving the labia a more proportionate and balanced look.
At AR Plastic Surgery, we offer a comprehensive aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery service for women in a caring and compassionate environment.
We are here to listen, to gently guide you and to genuinely help.
Key Questions about Labiaplasty
Am I a good candidate for Labioplasty surgery?
The labial area is a very sensitive issue for women. Enlarged inner or outer labia lips of the vagina may cause problems like pain, discomfort, catching or folding on certain type of clothing, pain with exercise, and sexual activity, embarrassment, or even negatively affect sexual intimacy. Tight-fitting pants and bathing suits may be quite uncomfortable or even painful. Sporting activities may also be difficult. Labiaplasty can improve the contour of the labia minora or labia majora, and relieve these distressing conditions.
Young and adult women in good health are the best candidates.
Does it matter how old I am?
Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to realise the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the ageing process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.
Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?
It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance. In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying the operating room and anaesthesia costs more than once. However, having too much done at one time can lead to complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
In addition to labiaplasty, liposuction, tummy tuck, or vaginoplasty may be performed.
What are the post-operative instructions for Labiaplasty?
1. If you had general anaesthesia, someone must be with you at all times for the initial 24 hours following surgery.
2. Apply ice to the area for 24-48 hours following surgery. This will help minimise swelling. For the first few days you may choose to keep pillow under buttocks to reduce swelling.
3. We ask you to take it easy for the first week.
4. Take medications as instructed. The Keflex (antibiotic) must be taken four time a day until completed, or at least for 5 days. Please take the Diflucan (anti-fungal medication) the next morning after returning from surgery centre. This medication can help prevent yeast infections.
5. You may begin showering the next day after surgery. You may use lukewarm water and mild soap. Please keep area clean and dry at all times.
6. Do not involve yourself in any strenuous activities, such as lifting, running, dancing, yoga, swimming, etc.
7. No sexual intercourse for the six weeks after surgery.
8. Do not use tampons for the first six weeks after surgery.
What are the complications after labiaplasty?
Complications are a possibility with any medical procedure. The risk can be reduced by selecting the experienced doctor and carefully following post-operative instructions.
One of the most common complications is temporary numbness, superficial infection, scar tissue build up, a hematoma, puckering or irregularity of the skin, or loss of sensitivity in the area, changes in pigmentation, thickness, and smoothness of the edges of the labia.