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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