Labiaplasty is performed for women who want to improve the appearance and/or hygiene of their labia. Patients undergo this cosmetic procedure for benefits such as:
- Improved labial hygiene
- Improved symmetry
- Improved self-confidence
A labiaplasty surgery is performed in an effort to reduce labia minora that is affected by enlargement or asymmetry. Aside from improving symmetry, the additional goals of a labiaplasty are to improve hygiene and self-confidence. Labiaplasty, which may also be referred to as labia reduction, labia rejuvenation or vaginal lip reduction, does not affect sensation.
Labiaplasty is ideally performed on patients who have difficulty with hygiene, clothing or intercourse due to asymmetry of the labia. Asymmetry of the labia can often be caused by pregnancy, intercourse, genetics or piercing, though other factors may play a role.
The Surgical Process
Labiaplasty is performed on an outpatient basis and takes approximately one and half hours to complete. When the surgery is performed, the doctor may apply either a local anesthetic and sedation or a general anesthetic. When labiaplasty is performed on either one or both sides of the labia, excess tissue is reduced and the natural shape of the labia is maintained. The area is then sutured to provide aesthetic improvement.
Life After Labiaplasty
After a labiaplasty, the patient is sent home with specific instructions. The patient must abstain from sex and exercise for about four weeks. Any swelling or discomfort the patient experiences should subside in about two weeks. However, an oral pain medication may be prescribed to control discomfort. The sutures used in the surgery are dissolvable and the patient should expect to see the final result of the labiaplasty in three to six months.