Labiaplasty (Vulval Surgery)

Labiaplasty, also known as vulval surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure which aims to reshape or reduce the folds of skin that can be seen at the opening of your vagina. This is known as your labia minora.

Why undergo labia reduction surgery?

The appearance of the labia minora can vary greatly amongst females. Some women have visible folds of skin that hang down below the length of the labia majora (the outer lips). This may have been present at birth, developed over time, through childbirth or in some cases weight loss.

We tend to find most women choose to have a labiaplasty procedure for two reasons. Firstly, because they are unhappy with the appearance of their vagina which can cause a lack of confidence in intimate situations or when wearing tight-fitting clothing. For others, the size of the labia minora can cause discomfort when doing certain types of physical activity for example horse-riding or cycling.

Whatever your reason for considering a labia reduction, you are not alone. In fact, over the last decade this procedure has become increasingly popular amongst women around the world and is no longer considered a taboo subject.

The labiaplasty procedure

The aim of labiaplasty surgery is to reshape the labia minora due to asymmetry or reduce their overall size. The procedure involves tissue being removed so that the labia minora no longer protrudes past your labia majora.

A labia reduction is a cosmetic surgical procedure which can be performed either under a local or general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1 hour to perform.

Your labia reduction consultation

Your consultation is the perfect opportunity to meet with Mr Adrian Richards and his nursing team, find out everything about your labiaplasty procedure including risks, recovery and expected results and ask any questions.

Top Tip!

Come to your consultation already prepared with a list of questions for your Plastic Surgeon. This ensures you won’t forget anything!

Labiaplasty is an individualised procedure and is not suitable for everyone. It’s therefore important to attend a consultation with your Plastic Surgeon so they can determine your suitability for this procedure.

Recovery following vulval surgery

You can expect to recover relatively quickly following your labia reduction. You may experience some swelling or discomfort for about a week but this will subside quickly. Your surgeon will advise you on how long you need to take off work but this is normally about 2-3 weeks depending on how strenuous your job is.

Rigorous exercise will need to be avoided for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for 1 month post-surgery.

A comprehensive aftercare package will be provided to you by your Plastic Surgeon.
 

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