A Labiaplasty procedure is done by trimming down and reshaping the inner and/or outer lips of the vagina. Labiaplasty is also known as labia rejuvenation or labia reduction. This is rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of cosmetic plastic surgery. It offers relief to women experiencing emotional or physical discomfort due to enlarged, elongated, or asymmetrical labia.
Before the Procedure
Always tell your health care provider or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.
During the days before the surgery:
- You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that make it hard for your blood to clot.
- Ask your health care provider which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.
On the day of your surgery:
- You very often will be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 – 12 hours before the surgery.
- Take the drugs your health care provider told you to take with a small sip of water.
Your health care provider or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure performed with the patient under local or general anesthesia. Often, the procedure can be performed with a laser, decreasing the amount of post-operative discomfort, pain, and scarring. Dependent on each patient’s individual needs and desires the labia is usually shortened and sculpted in a minimally invasive procedure. Special attention is paid to preserving the most natural contour of the labia possible, as well as maintaining sensation in the area. The entire operation usually lasts about an hour and leaves virtually no visible scarring.
Postoperatively patients can expect to experience some slight swelling and discomfort for the first week or two which can be alleviated by the application of ice packs and anti-inflammatory medication. Generally speaking patients can resume work after a few days of rest, but should abstain from any exercise or intense physical labor for about two weeks. It is also recommended that patients avoid sexual relations and the use of feminine hygiene products for four weeks after the procedure.
Any time your skin or other tissue is cut, there is a risk of complications such as infection. Risks associated with Labiaplasty or any surgery may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Ripping of sutures, which may require re-stitching
- Nerve damage
- Anesthesia-related complications
In most cases, when complications occur, they are minor and easily remedied. Usually, the benefits of your surgery will significantly outweigh the risks. It’s important for you and your doctor to discuss all risks and possible complications as part of your pre-operative consultation.