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Labia Reduction

Every woman is constructed slightly differently and it is not uncommon for them to feel dissatisfied with parts of their genitalia. This can lead to feelings of embarrassment, discomfort during everyday activities or when wearing tight fitting clothes. Labiaplasty is a procedure to help to reduce or reshape the labia minora, the inner lips of the vagina - the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening.

Why choose Labiaplasty?

Labia reduction surgery is ideal for women who are made uncomfortable and experience sexual dysfunction, pain or embarrassment as a result of the large protuberant appearance of their labia minora. Women with exceptionally long or unequal length of the labia minora can have them aesthetically reshaped with labiaplasty.

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What can Labiaplasty achieve?

  • Relieve discomfort, embarrassment or pain
  • Gives a natural look

Before your Labiaplasty procedure

Labiaplasty surgeries are very individualised procedures. Having good communication between you and your surgeon is essential, as your surgeon can answer specific questions about your exact needs. In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, and will discuss your options about labiaplasty surgery with you. They will also discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure so you know what to expect and when.

During you consultation you will:

  • Have the time to ask Dr Cotrufo for advice and to ask questions about the surgery
  • Explain your reasons for seeking surgery
  • Complete a full health evaluation and genital examination
  • Discuss the options that are open to you, including costs and timescales

Any surgery, no matter how small, requires you to be in the best health. Because of this, you may be asked to make a few lifestyle changes in the run up to your labiaplasty, as well as avoiding or taking particular medications.

This may include:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Refraining from any stringent diets
  • Adjusting or taking certain medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Stopping drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding overexposure to the sun

The labia reduction procedure

  • Labiaplasty surgery is normally performed under local anaesthetic and takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the extent of work
  • Your surgeon will trim the inner folds, so that they no longer protrude – either by reducing the edges of the labia, or by snipping out a ‘V’ shape wedge of tissue
  • The remaining edges are carefully brought back together with absorbable sutures, taking care to create a natural-looking result

After your Labiaplasty surgery

You should be able to return home the same day as your procedure, though we do advise a friend or relative accompany you

After that:

  • You may notice some bruising around your labia, which is perfectly normal and should subside about 7-14 days after surgery
  • Although you might feel sore and tired for a few days following your surgery, you will be up and around in 24 to 48 hours
  • It’s fine to shower with mildly warm water on the second day after your operation
  • Please note that intercourse needs to be avoided for the whole healing period
  • You will need to avoid strenuous exercise of all kinds for several weeks after surgery
  • Aftercare appointments will be scheduled with Dr Cotrufo for you to attend, these are included as part of your surgery fee

Still have labiaplasty surgery questions that you’d like answered?

Dr Cotrufo is an expert in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery, and his extensive experience and knowledge of cosmetic surgery puts you in safe hands. He has worked in some of the best plastic surgery hospitals across the world and continues to consult in hospitals in the UK. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your surgery choices. Should you have any more questions about labiaplasty, the treatment and aftercare you can expect to receive at our clinic or your suitability for surgery, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a personal consultation.

Vaginal Tightening

Vaginal tightening surgery, known by the technical term vaginoplasty, is a procedure that returns strength and control to the muscles of the vagina.

Why choose vaginoplasty?

There are many reasons why women just like you consider vaginal tightening – they may experience discomfort or lack of sensation during sex or might have been left with weakened or loose vaginal muscles following childbirth. When exercises are unable to improve this stretching, vaginoplasty can help restore tone and enhance your sexual fulfilment and confidence.

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What can vaginal tightening surgery achieve?

  • Improve the tone of muscles in and around the vagina
  • Tackle discomfort caused by a loose vagina
  • Restore or rejuvenate the vagina following childbirth
  • Increase sensual experience during sexual intercourse

Is there an alternative to vaginoplasty?

The choice to have a vaginoplasty procedure is a very personal one and most women will have explored correction through exercise before selecting the surgical path. If there are alternative surgical or non-surgical procedures that may be better suited to your individual circumstances your surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation.

What to expect before your vaginoplasty procedure

It’s important to feel as comfortable as possible throughout any surgery, which is what makes establishing good communications with your surgeon so fundamental. This process will start in your consultation when you will meet face to face with your surgeon.

During you consultation you will:

  • Discuss the reasons for you exploring vaginoplasty
  • Learn more about the procedure involved
  • Discuss the care you will receive before, during and after surgery
  • Undergo a full health evaluation
  • Have an assessment of the vagina
  • Be able to ask questions and talk through what other options may be available
  • Learn about timescales and vaginoplasty costs

As your surgery approaches, you may be asked to make some small lifestyle changes and asked to avoid particular activities and medications.

This may include:

  • Taking a blood test or other medical tests
  • Stopping smoking
  • Adjusting or taking certain medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding sun overexposure
  • Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet

When a general anaesthetic is used during surgery you will need to follow fasting instructions given by the surgeon.

The vaginoplasty procedure

  • The vaginal tightening procedure usually lasts around an hour, though the type of anaesthetic used will influence this slightly and it may take longer if you are having multiple procedures
  • The muscles at the back of your vagina will be shortened with absorbable sutures and any excess skin removed
  • Depending on your individual circumstances, the vaginal opening may also undergo some reconstruction

After your vaginoplasty

After surgery you may be required to stay overnight in the clinic

After that:

  • You should be able to walk comfortably after 2-4 days
  • You should be able to return to work after 1 week
  • The sutures will be naturally absorbed by your body
  • You should avoid strenuous activities of all kinds for several weeks
  • The results of your operation should be evident after a few weeks and your surgeon will be able to advise when you will be able to resume sexual intercourse and exercise
  • You will need to attend aftercare appointments at the clinic and should you have any questions about your vaginoplasty recovery

Still have questions about vaginoplasty?

Cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Stefano Cortufo is a reconstructive microsurgery expert with vast experience in this field. Should you wish to discuss the vaginoplasty in greater detail, to learn more about your suitability for the procedure or to talk about the level of care you’ll receive with us, please call 0207 873 2330 to schedule a personal consultation.