There is a cosmetic surgery procedure now available for every part of the body. Popular types of surgery include Botox (to prevent wrinkles) breast implants, removal or reductions, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction (weight loss), thytidectomy (face surgery) and microdermabrasion (skin treatment). One such treatment that has risen in popularity is labiaplasty.
What is Labiaplasty?
Put simply, labiaplasty (or labioplasty) is cosmetic surgery on the very intimate labia minora (inner vaginal walls) or labia majora (outer vaginal lips). This skin covers the clitoris and is visible on entry to the vagina. This particular surgery can alter the size or shape of the labia.
Labia minoraplasty removes irregular, uneven tissue caused by childbirth, genetics, or even hormonal changes. An enlarged labia can create problems with clothing, e.g. bathing suits and tight exercise clothing, and even cause sexual discomfort. Surgery on the inner vaginal lips shrinks down any uneven edges and the patient has the choice to remove all tissue for a tidy appearance, or the surgeon can leave some tissue behind.
Labia majoraplasty removes skin from the outer vaginal lips and it is best suited toward women who have a large labia majora, which can be caused through oestrogen stimulation, childbirth, or excessive weight loss.
Reasons to Undergo Labiaplasty?
For women who have a large labia, they can suffer discomfort during sexual intercourse or through tight clothing. In other women, even the thought that the vagina looks slack and unattractive can cause confidence issues. Another reasons why women undergo this type of surgery is to enhance their sexual experience, as the labia is all encompassing and covers the clitoris. Vaginal improvements can occur, including the reshaping of the urethral opening.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
Labiaplasty is performed under local anaesthetic, as the procedure lasts approximately two hours. The surgeon will explain the procedure, how long it will take the area to recover and how long a patient must refrain from sexual intercourse before it is safe. The general advice is to avoid sex for approximately four to six weeks. Labiaplasty is performed in an outpatient surgery and does not require an overnight stay. After surgery, patients may experience swelling and slight discomfort for several weeks and painkillers may be prescribed, but the labia heals well and very rarely leaves visible scars.
The method in removing excess flesh of the labia is widely performed through use of a laser scalpel and it provides various results. This method is effective to make smooth incisions in the labia, and it causes fewer shocks to the tissue, whilst bleeding to the area can be effortlessly controlled. It is commonly advertised on websites and brochures, but fewer surgeons feel the need to advertise the use of laser scalpels to perform a labiaplasty.
Another way to perform labiaplasty is through the use of iris scissors, which creates a natural look to the labia, without excess skin.
Tips on Choosing a Surgeon
It is important to consider a surgeon who has an excellent portfolio of successful labiaplasty surgeries. The surgeon will be the person you meet during the consultation, and they will also perform the surgery and provide follow up care.
The Risks and Complications of Labiaplasty Surgery
With any type of cosmetic surgery, complications may arise. Labiaplasty can often cause infection, scarring or bleeding, but these risks are rare. The surgeon will disclose the risks beforehand and it is up to the patient to weigh up the pros and cons and make a decision.
The Cost of Labiaplasty
Although every cosmetic surgery clinic sets their own prices on labiaplasty, this type of surgery is affordable. Some operations may require only slight tissue removal, while others may be timely and cost more. The surgeon will explain the price of surgery. Some clinics may even provide surgery on finance, but it may require an initial deposit. Painkillers or other medications prescribed post-surgery may not be included in the price of the treatment. Again, the surgeon will explain what will be included in the cost.