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Labiaplasty

A growing number of women have concerns about the size, shape and symmetry of their labia minora, the inner folds or “lips” of the genitalia. Labia naturally come in all different shapes and sizes, but the changes brought on with ageing and, in particular, childbirth, is a growing concern for many. In addition, a protrusion of the labia minora can lead to chafing, causing daily levels of pain and discomfort. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that reshapes and resizes the labia minora of female genitalia. The increased awareness of issues concerning the female genitalia is leading to more woman being confident enough to seek treatment for this very troubling issue.

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labial reduction is a relatively quick and straightforward procedure that can relieve inflammation and irritation caused by protruding labia minora. During the surgery the labia minor is resized and reshaped by cutting away surplus tissue with a scalpel or laser. This is then sutured with fine, dissolvable stiches, leaving minimal scarring.

Will I Lose Sensitivity Or Feeling After The Procedure?

After a successful labiaplasty there should be no loss of feeling. Patients should also experience no reduction in the ability to be sexually aroused or to physically achieve orgasm. A small number of patients experience reduced sensitivity to the genitals, but overall, reports of an increase in levels of sexual satisfaction, namely due to an increase in body confidence and positive self-image, have been found.

What Problems Can Labiaplasty Treat?

Many patients undergo labia reconstruction for aesthetic or functional corrections. Those experiencing chafing and discomfort when playing sports, during sexual intercourse, or from wearing tight-fitting clothing, may find relief from labial reduction. If you are more concerned about vaginal looseness or laxity, you may be better suited to vaginal tightening procedures.

How Long Does A Labiaplasty Procedure Take?

Labiaplasty surgery typically last 1-2 hours and can be performed as a simple outpatient procedure. It is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning local anaesthetic is usually sufficient, reducing the downtime of procedure, but sedation or general anaesthetic are possible options too.

What Is A Designer Vagina?

A “designer vagina” is a medically incorrect term that is used to collectively describe the procedures involved in aesthetic gynaecology. Its use undermines the significance of labia reconstruction, as it suggests the procedure is purely used for superficial or aesthetic reasons. However, labiaplasty and other types of vaginal reconstructive surgeries are procedures that are performed on women who suffer greatly from daily levels of stress.

Pain, both physically and mentally, due to the shape, size and positioning of the labia minora and the gravity of these medical issues needs to be addressed. Steering away from using the term “designer vagina”, and instead using the correct, technical terminology that describes the individual medical procedures, serves to highlight the seriousness of the issues a woman may face regarding the genitalia.

Who Is Suitable For Labiaplasty?

Suitable candidates for labiaplasty include patients who are fit and healthy, with realistic expectations of what labia reconstruction can achieve. It is important to remember that looking different to what you see in the media is perfectly ok. What is not normal, and something nobody should have to put up with, is if part of your genital area is causing you daily pain and discomfort.

The rising popularity in pubic hair removal has made women more aware of how their genitalia look and feel. If the physical appearance of your genitals is causing psychological stress and leading to anxiety and depression, it is also important to seek medical advice about your treatment options from a trained expert.

Book an initial consultation to engage in a confidential, honest discussion with our discrete consultants about what treatments options are right for you.

Procedure Overview

  • Non-invasive outpatient procedure to decrease the size of the labia minora
  • Eliminate the irritation, inflammation, pain and discomfort caused by excess skin
  • Typical procedure takes 1-2 hours
  • Combination treatments including vaginal tightening or vaginoplasty possible
  • Discrete consultations, performed by specialist consultant in plastic surgery

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