Every woman’s body is different in shape and size, and what worries one woman will not necessarily concern another. Labiaplasty treatment is a surgical procedure that many women opt for to reduce and remove unwanted tissue.
Labiaplasty: Everything You Need to Know About Our Labia Reduction Surgery
It is not uncommon for a woman to feel unhappy with the appearance of the inner lips of her vagina (Labia Minora) especially if they are asymmetrical, long, or bulky and hanging loose.
Sometimes the outer lips (Labia Majora) can also be bulky and hang loose. This particularly happens after multiple pregnancies and childbirth. It may also happen with the natural ageing process.
As with other problem areas, any feelings of discomfort can have adverse effects on self-confidence and personal relationships.
An enlarged labia can lead to discomfort wearing certain clothes, exercising or having sex. The rather protuberant and abnormal appearance can be inhibiting and distressing.
With labia reduction treatment, our surgeon reduces the labia to a level that the patient finds acceptable.
For more information about this treatment, book your consultation today in one of our clinics all over the UK, including London (Harley Street), Glasgow and other locations.
What is Labiaplasty Surgery?
Our surgeon will carefully trim and reshape the labia to create a natural look and avoiding any damage to surrounding nerves and tissue.
The procedure can be performed either under local anaesthetic or “twilight” sedation. In most cases, this avoids the need for patients having an overnight stay in hospital. We use dissolving stitches that will not need removing.
Vaginal tightening can help with the muscle tone of the vagina by ensuring the muscles that support tissues are tightened.
The procedure is particularly popular with new mums, where following childbirth the muscles of the vagina have lost elasticity and began to sag. Some patients opt for this as part of a Mummy Makeover package.
Similar effects can happen as women begin to age and the muscle tone begins to relax and the vaginal muscles and surrounding tissue loosen.
Vaginal surgery or the ‘Designer Vagina’ has become a very common procedure and no longer a taboo, meaning lots of women who feel uncomfortable or discomfort now have the opportunity to get it rectified.
How much does labiaplasty surgery cost?
You will find that, as is the case with most cosmetic surgery procedures (like a tummy tuck, breast reduction or breast enlargement) that the price of labiaplasty will depend on your specific needs, such as the end result you’re looking for, whether you are looking to reduce the size of the labia minora or labia majora, how much work is required to improve your vaginal opening and your overall health.
On average, you can expect to pay around £2,000 to £6,000 depending on the treatment you opt for.
However, you will be given more details about how much it will cost by the plastic surgeon from our team conducting your consultation appointment. Prices may vary.
How long does labia reduction take to heal?
A labiaplasty is a type of plastic surgery that is normally performed as a day case and therefore you do not need to stay the night in the hospital.
Once your labiaplasty surgery has been completed and the consultant and surgeon involved are satisfied with the results of your labial reduction, you will be taken to a comfortable room or area where you can rest up and recuperate until you feel ready to go home or the person who is taking you home arrives to pick you up.
Pain Relief after a Labial Reduction
You will likely experience some swelling and pain in the folds of skin of your labia and even around the vaginal opening.
This is not something you need to worry about, and these sore and irritating symptoms should start to decrease in severity within a couple of weeks following your cosmetic surgery.
You will be given a prescription of all the medication you need to go home with that will last for at least 14 days.
Recovery Time of Labiaplasty
Although it is not as serious as other cosmetic surgery procedures, you may need to take some time off work or study to recover and rest properly.
You will need to take things easy for the first few days at the very least. So, it’s a good idea to take at least one full week off and stay in bed as much as you can until you feel comfortable again.
You can gently apply ice packs your labia to help reduce the swelling for the initial 24-hours following your labiaplasty.
Within a couple of weeks, you should be able to return to normal day to day life, but you should still avoid rigorous activities for at least 4 to 6 weeks.
What are the side effects and risks of labia minora reduction?
While we are confident with the ability of our highly trained team of plastic surgeons here at Linia Skin Clinic, all plastic surgery/cosmetic surgery involves a degree of risk.
Even if it is because of the general anaesthetic used or related to the dissolvable stitches or another part of the treatment.
A labial reduction, whether it is of the labia minora or labia major is no different.
Some of the most side effects, risks and complications you may experience following a labia reduction includes:
- Unsatisfactory scarring
- Superficial infections
- Folds or flap necrosis is also something that has been noted in cases involving wedge resection.
We will be happy to discuss these potential issues when you book a consultation appointment before having your treatment.
For more personalised information about this surgery, book your consultation with one of our surgeons today
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Will my consultation be with a surgeon?
All consultations take place with a surgeon. We believe that only a surgeon can help and advise you on the best procedure to achieve the results you would like.
During your initial consultation, we will ask you about the results you are looking for and explain the procedure so that you understand every stage of the process. The most important thing is that you feel completely at ease in our care and fully aware of the procedure and the resulting enhancement.
Are your consultations free?
All of our consultations are free with no obligation. You will be provided with advice and information relevant to achieve the results you desire.
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What will happen after the Labia Reduction operation?
Our surgeon will see you when you have recovered to check that all is well, and will discharge you providing you are fit to return home. You will be given medication and full post-operative care instructions along with appropriate telephone numbers in case you need to contact us at any time.
On returning home you will need to use ice packs or cold compresses to help reduce the swelling.
You will see the surgeon or the nurse after 7-10 days so that she can check your progress. Penetrative sex is best avoided for at least 2-3 weeks after the procedure, and tampons should also not be used.
You will see your surgeon once more at between 8 and 10 weeks after your operation for a full post-operative consultation.