Surgical reduction of labia minora (inner lips of the vulva) when they are overly large and cause problems with irritation, hygiene, sport, sexual intercourse and clothing. Less commonly labia majora (outer lips of the vulva) reduction is advisable if there is excess tissue.
Who is it suitable for?
Labiaplasty (minora) is beneficial for adult women who suffer with symptoms from their labia minora when their size is disproportionate to the surrounding area, commonly from weight loss, childbirth and ageing or for those with asymmetrical labia.
What is involved?
Removal of the excess tissue by surgical excision and resuturing the remaining tissue. Surgery is done under a local or general anaesthetic usually as a day case.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if this procedure is right for me?
It is important for you to obtain a referral from your General Practitioner or another medical practitioner in order to obtain an appointment to discuss this procedure. Most satisfaction from this surgery is gained when you have a clear expectation of what you wish to achieve and that you understand and have carefully considered the potential benefit from the procedure against the possible unwanted effects and risks from it.
How long does the procedure take?
How much does this procedure cost?
This depends on the length of stay in hospital. You will receive a cost breakdown before you book the operation
Are there any potential side effects?
With any surgical procedure, there is a potential for unwanted effects. It is essential for you to minimize any risk factors (stop smoking, avoid blood thinning medications, stop the oral contraceptive pill, discuss other medications or supplements) when planning surgery. Optimal healing from surgery occurs when you are in peak physical health.
Important things to know about labiaplasty surgery:
You will need to abstain from sexual intercourse for 6 weeks and sport for at least 4 weeks to avoid breakdown of the repaired tissue. It is normal to have swelling and bruising of the area that lasts for several days. Mild to moderate discomfort is usual for the first few days. You will need to bathe the operated area twice a day and avoid the use of tampons for the first week after surgery.
Intimate Area Fillers
Injections of HA for rehydration of the vulva and vaginal areas in women suffering with dryness or irritation and the ‘labial puff’ procedure to enhance the appearance of laxity and deflation and reshape the labia majora (outer lips of the vulva).
Platelet Rich Plasma
For adults with vaginal dryness, to enhance lubrication and sensation with improvement of the quality of the vaginal wall. Also for women with mild stress urinary incontinence or who suffer with pain on sexual intercourse or for women who wish enhanced sensitivity in the clitoral complex.
For treatment of vaginal dryness, enhancement of sexual function and satisfaction and treatment of stress urinary incontinence.
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