Labiaplasty (or Labioplasty) is a procedure that is designed to reshape the lips and clitoral hood of the vulva. Often the inner lips (Labia Minora) are too excessive, uneven, too thick or non-symmetrical in women. This can in turn interfere with self confidence, sexual activity as well as the activities of daily living.
Labiaplasty surgery can be carried out either under local anaesthesia / sedation or using general anaesthesia, the procedure takes around 1-1.5hrs in theatre and patients can usually return home the same day.
Dependant on the area of concerns, incisions are made and the excess tissue is removed, the labia is reshaped to create a more aesthetically pleasing look and then sutured.
Due to the increased blood supply in the area, this procedure usually heals well with discreet scarring, although as with any surgery there are risks associated that should be considered prior to surgery.
Common side effects can include bruising, swelling and asymmetry, these should usually subside as the area begins to heal. More uncommon complications can include infection, loss of sensation, pigment discolouration, delayed healing and skin loss or necrosis.
It is important to remember that any subsequent pregnancies, childbirths or weight changes can affect the result of the surgery so should be considered prior to make the decision to proceed.
After surgery, you will have small dressings to protect the incisions and Dr. med. Strouthou may write a prescription to help control any pain or discomfort you experience during your recovery. Despite some initial swelling, most patients return to work and other daily activities within a week. The appearance of the scars will continue to improve over time.