A labiaplasty is surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin either side of the vaginal opening.
It should not be done on girls younger than 18 because the labia continues to develop beyond puberty into early adulthood.
Some women want a labiaplasty because they do not like the look of their labia. But it’s completely normal to have noticeable skin folds around the opening of your vagina. In most cases, it does not cause any problems,
Each patient presents variations of this area of ??the body and is due to their own genetics, prior pregnancies or aging. This surgery’s benefits are both aesthetic and functional, as it improves the appearance of lips that are sometimes too noticeable. After this procedure, you will be able to wear clothes such as bathing suits, sportswear, tight pants etc. and be comfortable with your look. Furthermore, this procedure favors intimate hygiene. This procedure has increased confidence and quality of life significantly in many patients.
A labiaplasty can be done using either a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation.
It involves shortening or reshaping the vaginal lips. The unwanted tissue is cut away with a scalpel or laser. The loose edge may be stitched with fine, dissolvable stitches.
The whole procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours.
You may be able to go home the same day.
The results are seen immediately, although there is a healing process and inflammation that gradually decreases. You can return to your daily activities during the week after the procedure.
Recovery requires avoiding sexual intercourse to prevent wounds from opening or affecting the healing process.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions so that the result of the surgery is not compromised during your recovery. The final result can be seen after a month.
You may need up to 2 weeks off work to recover. It can take a couple of months for the skin to fully heal.
During this time, you need to:
Your surgeon may give you more specific advice to follow.
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Due to inflammation following surgery, there may be slight discomfort when walking or sitting. The recovery is gradual, little by little you can incorporate yourself to normal activities by your own tolerance, it is recommended to wear skirts and loose clothing in order not to exert pressure on the area.
It is not advisable to perform the operation during menstruation.
The effect is permanent.