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Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a general term for a variety of techniques used to alter the inner or outer labia and the external vulva for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Reduction and lifting techniques of the inner labia are the most common procedures within the field of intimate surgery.

There are numerous reasons why women choose to undergo labial reduction surgery including discomfort during sport or sexual intercourse, a changed aesthetic appearance following childbirth or simply age-related stretching of the labia. Unevenness of the labial folds with a certain asymmetry of the inner labia and slight protruding inner lips are common and should be considered normal variations. Nevertheless, if those variations cause psychological distress a surgical correction can be an effective and straight-forward procedure. The outer labia may loose volume within ageing resulting in less coverage and over-exposition of the inner labia. This mismatch between lack of volume and excess skin can be corrected by a reduction of the outer and/or inner labia and a fat transfer to the outer labia.

After weight loss or childbirth, the mons pubis may become be saggy or accumulate fat deposits, indicating a necessity for a pubic lift or a liposuction. Nowadays more and more women request aesthetic genital procedures to restore a more youthful appearance and regain the self-confidence in sexuality.

  • Technical term
    Labial reduction
  • Duration of surgery
    45-90 minutes
  • Anaesthesia
    Local, if desired sedation or general
  • Discharge from clinic
    Same day
  • Fit for society
    2 days
  • Back to work
    2-3 days
  • Aftercare and recovery
    No sports or sexual intercourse for 3-4 weeks

What to know before Labiaplasty

What to Know Before Labiaplasty . Ocean Clinic

The right choice of a suitable technique should be made during a consultation with our surgeons. Reduction techniques of the inner labia vary from modifications of the clitoral hood, the labia minora and/or the vestibule of the vagina. Whereas simple reductions may sometimes still be indicated, so-called wedge-resections are becoming more popular, as they conserve better the labial innervation and perfusion. Reconstruction techniques aim for rebuilding of the frenulum, the hymen or even the whole inner labia. Reduction of the volume or general size of the outer labia can be performed through a combination of liposuction and skin resection. Fat grafting to the outer labia is becoming a popular and established tool, either as a stand-alone or a combination procedure.

All surgical techniques concerning the inner or outer labia lead to hidden or nearly invisible scars. Scars on the inner labia heal in general very well as the genitals have a good blood supply which helps with the healing. If a pubic lift should become necessary, the scar will normally be placed like a caesarian scar and will be well hidden by underwear or a bikini. A Pubic lift is usually combined with mini or full abdominoplasty, if indicated.

Patient testimony

After giving birth twice, my life had changed and so had my vagina. I eventually went for it (labioplasty) under local anaesthesia and (….) everything down there looks as it used to.

B.P. (38)

Dissolvable suture material is used in most cases. Therefore, removal of sutures is normally not necessary. Daily cautious cleaning of the wound without rubbing using a povidone iodine solution is recommendable. Showering is possible from the second postoperative day onwards. Sports should be avoided for 3 weeks and sexual intercourse up to 4 weeks. With oral pain medication for the first 3-4 days, you should not experience any pain.

Rare complications include infection, asymmetry requiring revision, and prolonged recovery due to swelling and/or hematoma. Changes of sensibility of the skin are expected during the early postoperative period and disappear with time. Permanent changes of sensibility and/or persistent discomfort are extremely rare.

A very subtle modification of the inner and outer labia may be achieved with non-ablative or ablative laser or radiofrequency devices. Botox, hyaluronic acid and lasers are often used as combination with surgery rather than stand-alone options.

Our surgeons have a vast experience in genital surgery, including in the challenging fields of gender-re-affirmation surgery and vulva/vagina reconstruction. We perform more than 50 labioplasties every year, using advanced techniques like autologous fat grafting and RF assisted surgery. Our experience results in low complication and high satisfaction rates among our patients.

The next step

Labiaplasty  after surgery and beyond. Ocean Clinic