For many women, having a particularly large, or asymmetrical labia minora can cause embarrassment, discomfort and it can impact on self-confidence, particularly in relationships.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can correct asymmetry, as well as leave a generally more attractive and neater look. It aims to reduce the size of the flaps of skin located at either side of the vagina and is a fairly common and straightforward procedure.
Understanding the labiaplasty procedure
During the procedure, any unwanted skin is removed. If there are any loose edges, they will be closed with dissolvable stitches. It’s usually carried out as a day case under short general anaesthetic. Overall, it will take one to two hours to complete.
After the anaesthetic wears off, you will likely experience some pain and discomfort. It’s advisable to wear loose fitting underwear. You will need to rest for up to a week after the procedure. Sexual activity will need to be avoided for six to eight weeks. You’ll be able to fully resume normal activities, including exercise, within five to eight weeks.
When carried out correctly, the sensation in the area will be preserved and there will be minimal scarring. There are potential side effects that you do need to be aware of including the risk of infection, bleeding, sex may become painful and you may not receive the results you were expecting. However, the consultation process will give you an accurate idea of what to expect.
Most patients don’t experience long-lasting loss of sensation. However, it is possible so you do need to be aware of this before agreeing to undergo the procedure. Mr Paul Tulley will be able to answer all your questions during the consultation. Be sure to follow the aftercare guidelines to ensure the area recovers as it should. Pain medication can be taken to relieve mild pain and discomfort until the area heals.