What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty refers to a cosmetic genital procedure designed to change appearance of the labia minora. Women requesting this procedure have usually developed a ‘longer’ labia which may protrude beyond the outer labia of the vagina. This can not only be a source of embarrassment for some women, but it can also be very uncomfortable (i.e when the labia rubs against underwear etc).
How the labiaplasty surgery is preformed
This procedure is purely cosmetic. A wedge of labial tissue is removed, without affecting any functioning areas of the vagina. Sometimes the surgeon will cuarterize the area to reduce bleeding, and in other cases a scalpel will be used. Labiaplasty surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, however in some cases it is preferred that the patient is under general anaesthetic. Dr Tom Robbins can perform this minor procedure at Medici Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery rooms, but it is preferred if the patient is under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital facility. Dissolvable stitches are used in this process, and this can be uncomfortable for a few days as the stitches take between 7-10 days to dissolve.
Recovery from a labiaplasty
Luckily the vaginal area heals very quickly, meaning recovery for a Labiaplasty procedure is relatively minimal. Patients will experience some pain and discomfort for around 10 days but should improve after this point. Strenuous activities should be avoided for around 4 weeks, and sexual intercourse for 6 weeks. Pain medication is recommended to reduce any discomfort.
Risks involved with Labiaplasty surgery include loss of sensation, infection, asymmetry of the labia and permanent scarring. These risks are uncommon but can occur, so it’s important to be informed of these complications prior to surgery.