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Labiaplasty is a procedure that is used to "tighten up" a vagina that's become slack or loose from vaginal childbirth or aging. It is the most popular vaginal surgery and is in high demand. Labiaplasty changes the size or shape of the labia, typically making them smaller or correcting an asymmetry between them.

 Who is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?

Women with ​longer labia minora that causes discomfort in tighter clothing, physical activity, and during sex are all potential patients. If you are a woman who experiences discomfort due to the length of their labia, you may be a good candidate for this surgery. Other factors that contribute to being a good candidate for labiaplasty include

  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Being in good general health
  • Having a positive outlook regarding the procedure
  • Having tears in the labia due to childbirth
  • Feeling uncomfortable when exercising, having intercourse, or even sitting
  • Being self-conscious about the size or shape of your labia

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 Are there any Risks?

  • decreased vulvar sensitivity
  • chronic dryness
  • scarring that results in painful vaginal sex
  • bleeding

Your surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if you have them.

Some women want a labiaplasty because they do not like the look of their labia. It should not be done on girls younger than 18 because the labia continues to develop beyond puberty into early adulthood.

 Preparation Guidelines for Labiaplasty Surgery

Some of the guidelines for the preparation of labiaplasty surgery includes:

  • Avoid blood thinners and medications for at least two weeks before your labiaplasty surgery.
  • Avoid supplements, such as vitamin C, herbal supplements, and weight-loss supplements, for at least four weeks before your labiaplasty surgery is scheduled.
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest the night before your procedure. This will help you to ensure that your body can recover quickly and properly.
  • Do not eat or drink for at least eight hours before your surgery. However, if you have medications you need to take, these can often be taken with a small sip of water. You can ask your surgeon for advice regarding medications.
  • After the labiaplasty procedure, patient is able to go home the same day as the surgery, regardless of the type of anesthetic used in the procedure but you will need someone to take you home.

If you want to know more about the labiaplasty surgery book an appointment with Dr. Siddiqui.

 What are the different types of Labiaplasty?

There are two general approaches to reduce your labia (labia minora and/or labia majora):

  • Trim procedure - With this approach, your surgeon removes excess tissue from the outer edge of one or both sides of your labia minora so that it’s even with or receded from the edges of your labia majora.
  • Wedge procedure -With this approach, your plastic surgeon removes a V-shaped "wedge" from both sides of the labia and then stitches the remaining edges together.

 How painful is labiaplasty recovery?

Labiaplasty is not a particularly painful procedure. Most patients opt for general anesthetic when undergoing a labiaplasty, so they won’t feel any pain. Some swelling, bruising and soreness should be expected post-procedure. Most of the swelling usually settles in the first few days or early weeks. Wearing loose clothing will avoid friction and irritating the affected area. Patients should avoid exercise and physical activities.

 Does Labiaplasty make you tighter?

Labiaplasty is usually performed to reduce the size and improve the shape of labia minora as well as labia majora. The surgeon will trim the excess labial tissue to make it tighter.

 What a Labiaplasty involves?

Labiaplasty involves shortening or reshaping the vaginal lips. The unwanted tissue is cut away with a scalpel or laser. The loose edge may be stitched with fine, dissolvable stitches. It is done using either a general anesthetic or a local anesthetic with sedation.

 Will there be much bleeding after Labiaplasty?

You may have some bleeding for days up to a week or more than a week after labiaplasty. You can wear a mini-pad to absorb this minor bleeding.

 How do I wash my labia area?

Use lukewarm water only and no soap to wash your wound. Gently wipe or dab the area dry after peeing and you should not rub the surgical area.

Your surgeon would recommend you to take medication or a diet to prevent constipation so that you do not strain, which could stretch or break your stitches. Keep your surgical area clean and allow the surgical area to heal.

 How long do the results of Labiaplasty last?

Labiaplasty performed as a reduction surgery is meant to be a one-time, long-lasting procedure. You should know that if you choose to have children after your procedure, your labiaplasty may be affected. Many people choose to wait to have their labiaplasty until after they’ve completed their families. Unless complications develop, you may never need this surgery again.

 Does Labiaplasty affect feeling?

No, it doesn’t affect feeling as no nerves are removed or damaged during labiaplasty surgery, the sensations you feel should be the same as before treatment.

 How long do i have to wait to have sex after Labiaplasty?

You will have to wait at least for 4 weeks prior to have sex after labiaplasty. This will be determined by how the area is healing and if there are any post-operative complications. With an uneventful recovery, you should be able to resume intercourse after 4 weeks.

Post Operative Activities

  • No restrictions on activities except for swimming and other strenous activities for the first 2 weeks.
  • Normal daily activities like driving etc are allowed after the first weeks.
  • It's normal after a labiaplasty to have soreness, bruising and swelling for up to 2 weeks.
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Frequently Asked questions About Labiaplasty

Our surgeons emphasise that there is no normal and abnormal when it comes to the shape and size of female genitals. Every individual is unique and has their own shape. There are many variations in the size and shape of a woman's labia. Therefore, it is important that you do not compare yourself to images of other women.
Some women are born with labia that are enlarged or a bit misshapen. However, other women may find that childbirth, pregnancy, ageing and hormones can also affect the shape and size of the labia.
Labiaplasty is considered an outpatient procedure (meaning you don't stay at the hospital overnight afterward), and it can be done under general anesthesia or a mix of local anesthesia and sedation.
Labiaplasty will not leave external scarring. When performed properly by a skilled and experienced vaginal rejuvenation surgeon. Healing, in general, will take about 4 months to be fully mature. Labiaplasties typically have near unnoticeable scars once healing is complete.
Recovery after labiaplasty can vary from woman to woman, but most patients feel relatively normal and able to return to work and other light activities within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Strenuous physical exercise is typically off-limits for at least 4 to 6 weeks after labiaplasty to allow your body and tissues enough time to heal and settle. The majority of postoperative swelling after labiaplasty should have resolved after 2 to 3 months, though the final results of your vaginal rejuvenation may take up to six months or longer to become apparent.
It is perfectly normal that you will have swelling and bruising for a few weeks after labiaplasty surgery. If you are experiencing discomfort while urinating, you can ease the pain either by urinating in the shower or by running warm water over the affected area as you pee.
It is normal to have blood-tinged drainage on your underwear or a sanitary napkin. You should wear loose-fitting pants and undergarments during your healing period. Tight-fitting clothes or undergarments can cause friction against the wound and prevent or delay healing. If you feel you need that extra pain relief, you can continue icing if it is permitted by your surgeon.
It is expected to experience mild bleeding during early healing of labiaplasty surgery. You can gently wash your incisions with soap and running water over the first two weeks. Gently pat the region dry afterwards and apply a light application of vaseline and you should use a thin pad in your undergarment.
The resorption time varies based on the type of suture used. However, during the labiaplasty procedure, plastic surgeons frequently use dissolvable stitches in this location that are typically gone by 3-4 weeks. After labiaplasty many patients feel discomfort over a few days by reporting itchiness as healing progresses. This is commonly experienced as stitches begin to dissolve.
Like any other surgical procedure, labiaplasty requires some time to heal and your doctor would recommend you to avoid intimacy, any physical activity even walking for the first 2 days. Recovery for labiaplasty procedures is straightforward and most women return to their normal activities at 2-4 weeks.
No, it does not. During this procedure, surgeons remove only tissue. The tissue doesn’t have any nerve endings. The nerve supply to the labia is unaffected by both trim and wedge techniques of labiaplasty, and unlikely to affect sensation. This procedure reduces the size of the clitoral hood by removing excess tissue. It exposes the clitoris to more sensation. Many women report enhanced sensation, though it may simply be because of the “feel-good” factor from the improved appearance of the labia.

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