While it is completely normal and harmless to have asymmetrical or large labia, it can cause embarrassment and discomfort for many women. A labiaplasty aims to correct the issue, helping women to regain their confidence and comfort.
Like any procedure, there are things you need to know before deciding whether or not it is right for you. Here, you’ll discover answers to some of the top questions about labiaplasty.
What is a labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting oversized or asymmetrical labium. The purpose is to reduce the excess and unnecessary tissue of the labia, to make the external genitalia neater and more attractive. It is considered a fairly straightforward and quick procedure.
How long will surgery take?
The procedure is usually carried out under short general anaesthetic as a day case. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the wound and it takes around two hours to complete.
What should I know about the recovery process?
It is common to experience some level of pain and discomfort once the aesthetic wears off. For this reason, patients are advised to wear loose fitting underwear for around one week after the procedure. You can control the pain and discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication.
You will need to avoid sexual activity for a period of six to eight weeks. Normal activities including exercise can be resumed within five to eight weeks. Your surgeon will give you detailed aftercare instructions you’ll need to follow for best results.
Can a labiaplasty cause insensitivity?
A labiaplasty will not cause any loss of sensation. The labia are not connected with feelings of sensory pleasure, as that is served by the clitoris. In fact, the tissue removal from around the clitoris can actually help to increase the clitoral sensation during normal sexual activity.
Are there any risks?
There are some risks and complications associated with a labiaplasty. However, generally speaking it is a safe and low-risk procedure.
The main risks and complications to be aware of include bleeding, infection, sex may become painful and there may be a loss of sensation. The aftercare instructions provided to you will help to minimise the risks involved.
Can you have a labiaplasty at any age?
It is better to have a labiaplasty when it is needed. There is no medical reason to delay a labiaplasty, particularly when the shape of the labia is causing physical and emotional distress.
A labiaplasty can greatly help women to regain their confidence, and can have an extremely positive effect on their personal and professional life.
Book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today if you have any more questions about labiaplasty and to find out whether it is right for you.