What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure, performed to slim the inner or outer labia, the fleshy lips on both sides of your vagina. Women may seek this procedure for aesthetic reasons or because the excess skin causes discomfort during sex or exercise. The labia may limit the clothes that can be worn, such as bathing suits, skinny jeans or leggings.
With a labiaplasty, a gynecological surgeon can contour and reshape the labia if they are asymmetrical or larger than normal. This procedure can be combined safely with other intimate aesthetic operations.
The first step is to schedule a consultation with an aesthetic gynecologist to discuss your goals for surgery. After thorough discussion of your wishes, we will plan a surgical approach that is customized for your desired result. The technique will depend on what best suits your goals.
In all cases, the surgeon will surgically remove the unwanted labia tissue. The procedure typically takes between one and two hours. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure — arriving in in the morning and going home that same day.
After one to two hours under the watchful care of the recovery team, patients are sent home with a friend or family member to drive. Expect some initial pain and swelling from the physical effects of the surgery; this will improve as the body heals. The initial swelling that occurs during this surgery usually resolves after about two days, although being tender and sore for up to two weeks is normal. Prescriptions for pain medication will be provided.
A follow-up visit in one to two weeks will be scheduled to check on your healing process. Activities may increase as the pain and swelling improves. Sexual intercourse or any vaginal penetration is prohibited for six weeks. Many women return to work after three to five days, as long as there is no strenuous physical activity.
Most women are often able to return to work in two to five days. Full healing takes about six weeks however most gynecologists recommend that waiting six to eight weeks before having sex after a labiaplasty.