Labiaplasty

 

Labiaplasty is a treatment for enlarged or irregular labia often performed for medical reasons or cosmetic enhancement. Many women are born with large or irregular labia. Others develop this condition after childbirth or with aging. The appearance of the enlarged labia can cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or loss of self esteem.

 

Chronic labial irritation can sometimes develop in women who wear tight clothing. Discomfort can occur with sex, sports or other physical activities. Labiaplasty can greatly enhance the cosmetic appearance of the outer vagina giving many women greater confidence and self esteem. Women whose labia become irritated and painful will often find relief after surgery.

 

About the procedure:

The labiaplasty or labioplasty is a relatively minor surgery and is not very uncomfortable. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anesthesia and takes about 2 hours.

 

 

What to expect after the procedure:

 

After surgery, women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which will usually disappear after 1-2 weeks. Resting and staying off your feet for the first few days following the procedure are recommended.

You cannot:

  • Use tampons

  • Wear tight clothes (e.g. thong underwear)

  • Have sexual intercourse for four to six weeks following the surgery.

 

What are the risks?

As with any surgical procedure there are certain risks. While there are few associated with Labiaplasty, the most common can include:

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Asymmetry

  • Scarring

 

Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. These will be discussed with you during the consultation for your procedure.

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