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Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty

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Labiaplasty has recently been classified as part of female genital cosmetic surgery. We acknowledge this procedure is controversial to many. However, we also recognise that women suffer from real problems. This procedure can help.
For some women, their labia can be a problem with sports such as bike riding or horse riding. Others can be uncomfortable wearing tight-fitted clothing or feel self-conscious about a large labia and find this can interfere with intimate relationships or intercourse. Some women consider only one side too large, which is simply reduced to match the smaller side.

As always, our qualified and highly experienced labiaplasty surgeons are here to discuss the procedure and answer all of your questions.

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Q & A

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What is labiaplasty surgery?

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Labiaplasty is a medical procedure that reduces unwanted tissue around the labia minora (inner lips) or labia majora (outer lips). In these cases, the labia minora or labia majora cause symptoms including pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

Labiaplasty surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic as a walk-in walk-out procedure. This can be arranged if the patient prefers a general anaesthetic (being put to sleep). The excess skin is removed under light sedation, and local anaesthetic and sutures are used to close the incisions made.

The procedure usually takes around an hour, and patients can go home soon afterwards. Book a consultation to meet one of our labiaplasty surgeons.

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Who is this operation for?

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There is a very wide variation in normal anatomy, and this is particularly true for the external female genitalia.

For some women their labia are large and can be a problem when doing sports like bike riding or horse riding; for others it can be uncomfortable to wear certain clothing or even precludes the wearing of swim wear; some women feel very self conscious about their large labia and this can interfere in their intimate relationships and with intercourse.

For some women only one side is too large and this side is simply reduced to match the smaller side.

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The procedure?

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Under a light sedation and local anaesthetic the excess skin is removed and sutures used to close the incisions made.

The procedure usually takes around an hour and patients can go home soon afterwards.

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What is the recovery like?

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Most patients feel a little sore for two or three days and can usually return to work after that time, provided they don’t do a lot of walking.

Pain is usually minimal and controlled with simple analgesics; salt baths help soothe the area and keep it clean.

A pad is worn to absorb any exudate. The sutures are dissolving and, for most women, don’t need to be taken out.

Sexual activity can usually resume after three to four weeks if healing is expected.

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05

How long before I can get back to sex?

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For most women it is somewhere around a month after the operation if healing is normal.

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06

Are there visible scars?

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For most people, the scars are virtually invisible and cannot be seen after a few months of healing and remodelling of the tissues in the area.

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