Labiaplasty Overview

By RealSelf
  • Labiaplasty is plastic surgery of the labia majora and/or the labia minora, which are the external folds of skin surrounding the structures of the vulva. The procedure involves surgically reducing excess tissue of the labia. Labiaplasty may also be called "vaginal rejuvenation"
  • In some women, the labia can become enlarged and elongated, causing discomfort when wearing certain clothing, occasional hygiene issues, as well as being aesthetically displeasing. Labiaplasty surgery permanently corrects this problem, and is considered by plastic surgeons to be a fairly simple procedure that can usually be done under a local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
  • Occasionally the labia majora, or outer lips of the vagina may be enlarged, usually due to excess fat, and this can be corrected as well. 
Labiaplasty risks: Doctors cite potential risk bleeding or infection. It is important to avoid aspirin and other anti inflammatories for 10 days prior to surgery. Perioperative antibiotics and good hygiene will diminish one's risk for infection. Pain or discomfort is present, although not significant with a wedge technique. Wound separation is possible.
Labiaplasty recovery requires avoiding intercourse for 6-8 weeks post-operatively.

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Is the pain comparable or worse than a breast reduction?
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I haven't had a breast reduction but my labiaplasty was horrible! I had pain pills and it still didn't help. (My surgery was botched, so that might have contributed to the excessive pain)
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How was it botched? Is it fixed now and would you say the final result made it worth it?
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How long were you in horrible pain, days...weeks??
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She basically amputated one side, and the other is super short! I had my labiaplasty done 2 years ago in October, and I have no clitoral sensation. My body can orgasm, but I don't feel anything. It's like nothing happened. No pleasure, no nothing. I have called her office multiple times for help, but they just keep telling me it's my hormones. That she never touched the clitoris. :( The pain was so bad when I would move the stitches just felt like they were ripping out! It was at least 6-8 weeks of pain. I wish I would have never done it! But please remember that my case is probably extreme. Others I have talked to are super happy with their results.
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I would like to have the surgery done, however, I'm not willing to risk sexual sensation. I'll have to think about it
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Everything I have read says that loss of clitoral sensation shouldn't happen if the surgery is done right. I never knew loss of clitoral sensation was even a possibility. It's really hard on me and frustrating for my husband because he didn't want me to do it in the first place. However, I do like having shorter labia even though I'm a little butchered. Everyone else I have talked to loved theirs! Their Dr.s did a good job. Just keep researching and do what's best for you!
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Thanks. I will do my research
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