What is labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty is a procedure aimed at restoring the correct form of the labia (the small folds of skin on either side of the vaginal opening). This surgery is performed when a woman has either an enlarged labia, or too small, or there is lack of symmetry. These symptoms may adversely affect sexual intercourse, the patient’s feelings about sexuality and femininity, which ultimately may alter her self-confidence and self-esteem.
Cosmetic surgery on the labia is unlikely to be the most complex operation in plastic surgery, but it does require precise crafting from a specialised surgeon, possessing an artist’s eyes and the hands of a sculptor. Procedural steps for labia reshaping are quite simple, but yet still require precision and accuracy.
Should I get labiaplasty?
An enlarge labia may cause discomfort during sexual intercourse and cycling. An under developed labia may also cause issues during sexual intercourse. A solution to such problems is labia surgery – labiaplasty.
What are the indications for labia surgery?
Labia minora surgery
According to statistics, more than 50% of women are not happy with the shape and size of their labia minora, and would like to change them.
The essence of a labiaplasty reduction is to remove excess skin tissue of the extended labia minora, so that they do not protrude beyond the labia majora and are “hidden” in depth.
Plastic surgery of labia minora is completed by an overlay of hidden stiches so that the scar will decline with time, and will not be bothersome during sexual intercourse.
Labia minora reduction
A labia reduction surgery has several methods:
Both technological surgical procedures for the labia allow you to:
When using v-shaped excision technique, the volume of the labia minora is reduced once in 3-dimension. After 3-4 weeks, even an experienced plastic surgeon would not able to realise that vulva reconstructive surgery had been conducted.
In some cases, labia surgery is conducted for an increase in size. For this purpose biopolymer gel is injected, which pushes the skin folds forward.
Plastic surgery on labia majora
Normally the labia majora covers the labia minora, reducing the risk of infection, whilst helping to maintain the correct temperature of the genitals.
If you are concerned with hypoplasia or excess of labia majora, the problem can be also easily resolved by means of labiaplasty cosmetic surgery.
In case of hypoplasia or lower fullness of the labia majora, a doctor will inject either bio-gel, hyaluronic acid, or the patient’s own fat (lipofilling) under the skin. This surgical labia procedure may be deemed a little traumatic, however it is very similar to obtaining fillers to increase the size of one’s facial lips. However, over time, the substance that gives the labia volume is absorbed, thus making it necessary to carry out the procedure again.
With fat excess in the labia majora, liposuction should be performed (fat is removed by a vacuum method). Fat deposits are removed through incisions puncturing the skin. Thereafter, the cosmetic seams are superimposed by with absorbable (dissolvable) thread.
Sometimes, deformation of the labia majora is caused by childbirth delivery and a rigid diet. Excision of the excess skin would solve this problem.
Contra-indications of labiaplasty
Inflammation of the female genitals, sexually transmitted diseases.
If you are pregnant, you should inform your plastic surgeon.
How old do you have to be to undergo a labiaplasty?
Labia reconstruction surgery is strictly from the age of 18 years and over. There is no upper age limit for the procedure.
Preparation for labiaplasty surgery
Prior to the operation a standard set of tests should be completed, as per other plastic surgery procedures eg. liposuction. These would include a general analysis of blood and urine, blood tests for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, as well as a gynaecological smear.
Prior to the operation, you will be required to remove all hair in the area of the labia.
Labiaplasty surgery is performed under either a general or a local anaesthetic, dependent upon patient preference, general condition and the volume of the proposed procedure. Moreover, a light anaesthetic may be utilised in the form of applying local anaesthetic sedation cream.
The duration of labiaplasty surgery is approximately 40-50 minutes, again dependent upon the procedure.
Prior to the operation, a doctor will take a photograph of the labia in order to compare the before and after results post surgery.
What will the labiaplasty results consist of?
What is the labiaplasty recovery time?
Immediately after labiaplasty and hood reduction surgery, there will be some inconspicuous scars. However, due to a good blood circulation in this area, they heal extremely quickly (within 3-4 weeks).
There might be some discomfort after a cosmetic labiaplasty:
National Health System eligibility
Labiaplasty surgery is highly unlikely to be covered by the NHS
Plastic surgeons are constantly dealing with patients’ intimate problems, and understand how these hidden defects can cause real human suffering. Nowadays, labioplasty surgery has become easy to access, is highly affordable in Ukraine, and furthermore could be completed over a weekend period as one of the popular Weekend Surgery Packages.
|Cost of labia surgery||EUR||GBR|
|Re-section of a genital skin (extended)||€ 308||£ 265|
|Re-section of a genital skin||€ 211||£ 182|
|Abscess lancing of glands located near vagina wall||€ 238||£ 205|
|Re-section of hypertrophied clitoris||€ 425||£ 365|
There would be additional cost for anesthesia and medical tests. Full price list is here.
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