Who Is It For?
Some women feel that they need to correct the appearance of their labia minora. They might be born with labia which are misshapen, irregular or improperly protected; the labia may also change their shape and size with age or after childbirth. The result can be unpleasant as the labia can chafe against clothes, cause problems with hygiene and normal sexual activity and generally alter the appearance of the genital area. On the other hand, the labia majora lose their shape (fat diminution in the area), which makes them lose their original function; some women become uncomfortable with their appearance.
How Is It Done?
During the labiaplasty surgery, the surgeon removes the excess tissue of the labia minora, and the labia majora (on the outside of the body) may also be reduced by surgery or liposuction. Labia minora is reduced and remodelled. Labia majora is filled with (generally patient’s own) fat.
Labiaplasty surgery is normally done under general anaesthetic or, by request, under local anaesthetic. It usually takes half an hour.
It is advisable to pay special attention to higher hygiene standards and avoid exercising for two or three weeks. Sexual activity should also be avoided for at least one to two months. Avoid exercise (no running, heavy lifting, straining, etc.) for four to six weeks. Avoid straddle activities like cycling, horseback riding for at least four weeks.
The area should be gently washed after each visit to the toilet, or at least five times a day.
Apply Bacitracin or a topical triple antibiotic ointment to the suture lines for ten days.
Place a piece of gauze between your labia.
Wear cotton undergarments and avoid any undergarment that is tight or irritating for four weeks.
You may shower the day following the procedure - pat your labia dry, do not rub. Do not take a bath or go swimming for two weeks.