What is labiaplasty?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
How do I plan for my surgery?
Your surgeon will examine your labia and discuss with you the various surgical options, explaining the different techniques so you’re fully informed before you make the decision to go ahead. Do not be shy to ask questions or express any anxiety at this stage or at any stage during the process.
What is the procedure for a labiaplasty?
Most surgeons use the trim procedure, which involves removing extra tissue from the edge of the labia minora and then using dissolvable sutures to close the raw edges. Another surgical option is the wedge procedure, which involves the removal of pie-shaped piece of tissue, maintaining the natural border of the labia.
The clitoral hood can also be reduced in the same procedure. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures.
How should I prepare for the surgery?
It is always advisable to stop smoking for 2 – 4 weeks prior to any surgery, and this applies to labiaplasty as well. Nicotine retards the healing process, and quitting for as long as possible before surgery helps improve blood flow.
You will also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.
You should stop taking certain medication, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs, in the days prior to your surgery. Avoid recreational drugs, and disclose to your surgeon any other medication you’re taking, since you may need to adjust these.
Make sure that you have someone to drive you – especially when leaving the clinic, since you will not be able to drive while taking post-operative pain medication or sedatives.
Where will my labiaplasty be performed?
How do I recover from my surgery?
What can I expect after my surgery?
After a labiaplasty, recovery is usually fairly rapid, although you will have some pain and swelling, which is normal. This will be relieved with pain medication, but you may find you only need it for a few days.
A warm sitz bath, which submerges the pelvic area in warm water or a saline solution, can also help to ease the discomfort. You should wear loose clothing initially, with a mini-pad to absorb minor bleeding.
When can I return to normal activities?
Most of the swelling should last up to six weeks, with residual swelling disappearing after a few months.
What are the risks involved in labiaplasty?
With this procedure, like all other surgery, there is a (low) risk of post-operative infection, bleeding, swelling, or an adverse reaction to anaesthesia.
Some of the risks specific to labiaplasty include over-resection – the removal of too much tissue, which can cause dryness and painful intercourse. Healing problems can also occur with the wedge procedure.