Women are becoming more aware that there is a solution to their concerns regarding their labia. Although it is not often talked about, many women feel insecure and uncomfortable about the appearance of their labia. Reduction of the labia can result in correction of labial asymmetry, protuberance, and excessive labial visibility. Labiaplasty can also address functional concerns including discomfort, pulling, and irritation of the labia during physical activities and intercourse. The result is an improved labial appearance that causes no physical discomfort, leaving you confident with an improved quality of life.
The procedure is performed on the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina). It is used to reduce the size of labia that are too large and/or to reshape uneven labia, improving their appearance and reducing associated discomfort. Candidates for labiaplasty should be in good overall health.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
Labiaplasty is generally performed just after the patient has had her period. The procedure can be performed under general anesthetic where the patient is asleep or under local anesthetic with freezing (while the patient is awake). Dr. Yau will resect a V-shaped wedge of the labia minora to reduce its size. The benefit of this technique is that it does not leave a scar along the leading edge of the labia minora, which can be sensitive during the healing process. The incision is then closed and antibiotic cream applied. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes and patients return home the same day.
Recovery From Labiaplasty
Post-labiaplasty, most patients have swelling and mild to moderate pain for which painkillers are prescribed. Patients typically return to work in 2 to 4 days and are able to use tampons and resume sexual activity in 4 weeks. Post-operative care involves carefully washing the area and using antibiotic creams to prevent infection.