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.Back to Body Surgery
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
- 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.