Labia Reduction

A labia reduction is not as uncommon as you may think. Every woman is different, with different proportions and different insecurities. Many women are unsatisfied with parts of their genitals, but for very personal reasons.

You don’t need to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, whatever your reason for concern. Women with exceptionally long or unequal lengths of the labia minora can have them aesthetically reshaped.

What To Expect With A Labia Reduction

How long does the procedure take?

The labia reduction surgery happens under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation. The procedure can take between 1-2 hours. Depending on the patient you may stay overnight but most can go home the same day as the operation.

We always advise our patients to be realistic in your expectations. The surgery will restore a more normal appearance to the genitalia. In most cases, the surgery is virtually undetectable after complete healing. 

What does the procedure involve?

The procedure is performed in the hospital and is done in one of two ways. 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. Then the remaining edges are carefully sewn back together taking care to obtain as natural a result as possible.

How long is the recovery period?

After surgery, women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears completely after 1-2 weeks. The labia incisions usually heal quickly and are barely noticeable. After the procedure, you will wear a panty liner. The sutures dissolve so there is no need for physical removal. We advise avoiding vigorous exercise for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for 4 weeks. A daily bath or gentle shower as a result ensures quick healing which is usually complete within two weeks. We schedule follow up visits to check on the healing progress.

This will depend on the individual patient however recovery is quite rapid after a labia reduction – a week after surgery you should be able to return to work and be able to resume normal activity after 2-3 weeks.

Available with an expert female surgeon. Please mention at the time of booking if this is your preference.

Labia Reduction / Labiaplasty
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