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A labiaplasty is surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin either side of the vaginal opening.
Some women require a labiaplasty because they do not like the look of their labia. The size, colour, and shape of labia vary significantly, and may change as a result of childbirth or ageing. But it’s completely normal to have noticeable skin folds around the opening of your vagina.
What Is The Procedure For Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty can be done using either a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic 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 and you should be able to go home the same day.
FAQ about Labiaplasty
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:
keep the area clean and free from infection
wear loose underwear and clothes to prevent rubbing
avoid sex for about 6 weeks
avoid physical activity for 6 to 12 weeks
use sanitary towels instead of tampons for a few weeks
Your surgeon may give you more specific advice to follow.
It’s normal after a labiaplasty to have soreness, bruising and swelling for up to 2 weeks.
During this time, urinating and sitting may also be uncomfortable. You’ll be given painkillers to help with this.
A labiaplasty can occasionally result in:
- scarring of tissue
- reduced sensitivity of the genitals
Any type of operation also carries a small risk of:
- a blood clot in a vein
- an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
Your surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if you have them.