A labiaplasty is a common vaginal surgery, also known as a labial reduction. During the procedure, labial tissues are reduced in both size and shape to improve symmetry. Multiple child birth most commonly causes labial enlargement, while age and hereditary factors can also cause enlargement.
There are several reasons many women choose to have a labiaplasty (or labial reduction). These may include pain or chafing during sexual relations or physical activity such as sports. Others may feel self conscious when wearing tight fitting clothing or swimsuits, or just want to improve their appearance.
Labiaplasty is a relatively short procedure, usually taking 60 to 90 minutes. It may be performed under local anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. The labia are first marked in order to determine the size and shape desired by the patient. Once the desired anesthetic effect is achieved, special surgical instruments are used to remove the tissue precisely as marked.
Usually there is no bleeding at the time of surgery. Extremely small dissolvable sutures are placed, which dissolve in 8-10 days. These sutures are placed in such a manner that no visible scar is apparent. The patient is discharged to home and should be pain free for 2 – 3 hours. A mild antibiotic will be prescribed as well as medication for pain and swelling.
A cool pack to the groin area will help with the initial swelling and discomfort. This is in addition to prescribed pain and anti inflammatory medicines. Patients are seen the day after surgery and the site is cleaned. Showering may begin the day after surgery with an antibacterial soap. Patients are also encouraged to wear loose fitting clothing for the first 2 – 3 weeks. The time off from work is usually 3 days, however it may be longer if work involves strong physical activity.
Normal activity is usually achieved in 10 – 14 days. More strenuous activity such as bicycling and horseback riding is allowed after 6 weeks. Secual activity may occur after 3 weeks.