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.
The labia reduction surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation and will take between 1-2 hours. Depending on the patient you may stay overnight but most patients can go home the same day as the operation.
You have 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 and patients are extremely pleased with the final results.
The procedure is performed in hospital, usually under general anaesthetic 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.
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 rarely noticeable. After the procedure you will wear a panty liner. The sutures dissolve so there is no need for physical removal. You are advised to avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for 4 weeks. A daily bath or gentle shower ensures quick healing which is usually complete within two weeks. Follow up visits will be scheduled to check on your 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.