For many women, having a particularly large, or asymmetrical labia minora can cause embarrassment, discomfort and it can impact on self-confidence, particularly in relationships.
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can correct asymmetry, as well as leave a generally more attractive and neater look. It aims to reduce the size of the flaps of skin located at either side of the vagina and is a fairly common and straightforward procedure.
What does a labiaplasty operation entail?
During the procedure, any unwanted skin is removed. If there are any loose edges, they will be closed with dissolvable stitches. A labiaplasty procedure is usually carried out as a day case under short general anaesthetic. Overall, it will take one to two hours to complete.
What is the recovery like after a labiaplasty?
After the anaesthetic wears off, you will likely experience some pain and discomfort. It’s advisable to wear loose fitting underwear. You will need to rest for up to a week after the procedure. Sexual activity will need to be avoided for six to eight weeks. You’ll be able to fully resume normal activities, including exercise, within five to eight weeks.