Labiaplasty (surgical correction of the labia minora)
Labiaplasty removes the excessive tissue from the inner vaginal labia or the labia minora. The aim of the procedure is to decrease the size of the inner labia so that they are settled neatly retracted between the outer labia. This reduces the amount of tissue visible when standing up and creates a beautiful feminine shape of the female genitals, and decreases an ypinching and problems during intercourse.
Who is an appropriate candidate for labiaplasty?
- Patients with excessive tissue (known also as labial hypertrophy) making the labia minora droop lower than the outer labia, causing physical discomfort and pain during sexual activity and exercise. Enlarged labia can inhibit wearing tight clothes such as yoga pants and swimming costumes.
- Older women who feel a physical discomfort or are embarrassed due to the size or appearance of their labia minora. If you want to decrease enlarged labia minora, remove skin with problems with pigmentation or correct asymmetry, this procedure can be a good choice for you.
What does the procedure entail?
Labiaplasty is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic surgeries to shape genitalia. Local or general anaesthesia is used. This is followed by cutting off excessive tissue and plastic recovery of the defect.
Before surgery, the following is required:
- You should consult with your plastic surgeon on any drug interactions which may occur with the drugs which you already take. You should stop the intake of aspirin or drugs containing aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or any herbal supplements since they all increase the risk of bleeding. It is possible for you to get a prescription for analgesics and antibiotics after surgery.
- You should undergo the required blood tests and consultations with a cardiologist and an anaesthesiologist.
- Do not take anything orally (food and water) on the day of the surgery.
- Consider the date of surgery in relation to yourmenstrual cycle.
What type of anaesthesia is used during the procedure?
The type of anaesthesia depends on the complexity of the procedure, your preferences and your surgeon's preferences. It can be performed under general anaesthesia so that you will be completely asleep, local anaesthesia in the area of genitalia, with intravenous sedation so that you are very calm and sleepy, or local anaesthesia along with mild oral drugs against anxiety.
Duration of the intervention?
Usually, the duration of the intervention is about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on a number of circumstances which you will discuss with Dr Persenski and his team before the intervention.
What does the recovery period entail?
Patients can return home several hours after surgery. The labia minora may be edematous (swollen) and slightly painful. This discomfort continues for several days but it does not inhibit use of toilet. Postoperative pains are moderate and manageable with standard analgesics. Sutures are removed after one week. The recovery of sexual function after labiaplasty occurs individually and takes 4 to 6 weeks.