Enlarged or protruding labia minor (inner vaginal lips) is a common problem and concern for women. They can occur for a number of reasons, including with increasing age, childbirth or often just naturally.
Enlarged labia can be the cause of concern for many women as they can experience pain, discomfort, humiliation and hygiene problems.
Labia reduction surgery, or labiaplasty, can alleviate these problems. During this procedure excess tissue of the labia minora is trimmed down to a more aesthetically pleasing and functional size.
YOUR CONSULTATION WITH DR DONA
Your first visit to Dr Eddy Dona will allow you to discuss any issues you have in relation to genital rejuvenation. Dr Dona will perform a physical examination to assess and advise you on your options taking into consideration your desires and expectations.
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
Your complete medical history should be made aware to Dr Dona, fully disclosing all health problems. All relevant details should be disclosed when you fill out your “Patient Registration Form” and during your initial consultation.
Do not take any blood thinning medications such as; aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin, large amounts of vitamins or anti inflammatory drugs.
You should cease smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, as it increases surgical and anesthetic risks and can lead to serious complications.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE?
Labiaplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with no overnight stay necessary. The incisions made during this procedure are extremely well concealed and are barely visible.
Labiaplasty usually takes about one to two hours and can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic. The excess and protruding skin is trimmed down to a more aesthetically and functionally pleasing state. All wounds are sutured using dissolving stitches therefore avoiding the need to have any stitches taken out.
OTHER GENITAL COSMETIC SURGERY PROCEDURES
There are other various procedures designed to enhance the vaginal region. Here is a brief listing of some of the more common vaginal rejuvenation procedures:
- Clitoral hood reduction – reducing the amount of skin draping or covering the clitoris
- Vaginoplasty – a procedure designed to correct stretched vaginal muscles resulting from childbirth
- Vulvar Lipoplasty – removal of unwanted fatty tissue covering the pubic area
- Labial enhancement – restoring volume to the outer lips of the vagina (labia majora)
- Hymenoplasty – reconstruction of the hymen to restore it to a “virginal” state
- Pubic Lift – this procedure raises the entire area by surgically removing excess skin and fat from the region and then re-draping the skin to lift the pubic appearance
WHAT HAPPENS DURING RECOVERY?
It is natural for women to feel mild to moderate discomfort and swelling after undergoing labiaplasty. Routine post-operative prophylactic antibiotics are provided and pain relief is generally required for the first few days. Most discomfort should subside within several days but mild discomfort can continue for several weeks. Most of the swelling is gone by six weeks. Women usually return to work and normal activities within two to five days, while more strenuous activities will take about three weeks. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for the first four weeks.
WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT THE FINAL RESULTS?
You will immediately notice the loss of the protruding and enlarged labia minora. However, the genital area can become quite swollen and the final result usually takes six weeks to appreciate.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
As with any surgery, there are always possible risks and potential complications.
Specific potential complications include:
Asymmetry – mild asymmetry is not uncommon
Pigmentation – some minor changes in pigmentation and texture of the labial edge
Sensory changes – it is very uncommon for any significant sensory changes for a routine labiaplasty
WILL PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVER COSTS?
Insurance plans will only rarely cover genital cosmetic surgery. Dr Dona can advise you during your consultation.