This guide will cover Reduction Labiaplasty of the Labia Minora with Reduction of Excess Prepuce, which is referred to Labiaplasty for short. Labiaplasty is the second most common plastic surgery procedure performed on female genitals. This procedure is popular for those wanting to reduce the large or protruding area of the labia minor. The excess prepuce is reduced through Labiaplasty to improve the aesthetic look of the vagina. Many have said they want their vagina to look more youthful, thin and perky. Patients do not want sagging, droopy and bunched up minora – they want a clean look.
Labiaplasty is performed with the intention of reducing the excess labia minora of the vagina. The outpatient procedure is completed within a few hours depending on the extent required to achieve optimal aesthetic look. This may also be done with prepuce reduction of the clitoris (excess skin to the sides of the clitoris). A surgical marker appropriately marks the labia minor, than special sutures are placed to hold everything in place. The labia are then symmetrically sculptured down and the edges are closed up with absorbable suture.
Once the surgery is completed you’ll be transferred to the recovery area. Most adults go home after a few hours of recovery. Once you check out you’ll be released to an adult who is responsible for taking you home.
Most patients have minimal discomfort after the procedure. Most patients return to work within a few days.
Most patients can return to work in four to seven days. Your body will be healed in six weeks. We recommend that you do not start exercising until after six weeks. Please keep in mind that you will be up working, shopping and doing other routine daily activities rather quickly. It is important that you completely heal and you can resume sexual activity in six weeks.
The labia do have a tendency to swell and even bruise after the surgery. We recommend icing the area for 2 days after surgery, Do not be alarm if you’ve lost sensations in the areas you’ve been treated. Your nerves will slowly return normal sensations as time passes. Your pain medication should help any discomfort, but if the pain is intense be sure to contact us immediately. There will be a gradual decrease in swelling and results can be seen at 6 weeks after the procedure.
The main complications of the surgery are bleeding and infection and the incidence of these is less than 1%. Women are concerned about decreased sensation, hyper sensation. In our experience we have not encountered these particular complications. Uncomfortable sexual activity is not expected. In regards to scarring, these surgical procedures of the vaginal and vulvar structures heal very well.
It’s very important that you are open and honest about your medical history. Be sure to mention all medications, vitamins, herbs, or supplements you are taking, even if you don’t’ think they’re important, we need to know them.
- Stop using Aspririn, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E and anything else as directed. These can act like blood thinners and may cause increased bruising and bleeding.
- If you smoke now is the time to stop or at least two weeks before surgery. You’ll also have to stop smoking for at least one week after surgery, too. This includes nicotine patches and gum, as nicotine in any form impairs circulation and healing.
- You’ll also have to stop drinking alcohol two weeks before, and one week after your surgery. Instead drink lots of water especially the days right before the procedure. You want to be hydrated going into surgery.
- After surgery you’re going to want to arrange for someone to take care of you for a few days.
- Make sure your prescriptions are within easy reach of where you will be resting