If you’re self-conscious about the external appearance surrounding your vagina, you may want to consider cosmetic labiaplasty, an increasingly popular procedure that changes the size and shape of the labia.
Besides cosmetic reasons, women may seek labiaplasty because of skin irritation or uncomfortable sexual intercourse caused by misshaped or enlarged labia. The surgery can be done on the labia major (the larger, outer vaginal lips), or the labia minor, (smaller vaginal lips). A labiaplasty can be combined with vaginoplasty, a procedure performed to tighten the vagina by eliminating excess lining and tightening the soft tissues and muscles in the vaginal area.
You should consider this procedure after you are sure that you are finished having children. If you have a labiaplasty and then deliver another baby, you will likely lose the benefits of the procedure. If you think that you might want another child, you should wait to have your labiaplasty.
During the surgery, you’ll be administered local or sedative anaesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the anaesthesia option that is best for you. Then, the plastic surgeon and skilled, well-trained staff will perform the procedure to reduce the length of your labia. The exact procedure will vary depending on your unique needs. Your surgeon will walk you through every step of the procedure when you meet for your consultation.
You should expect to experience some swelling and discomfort following your surgery. You should be able to sit and walk on the day of the surgery, although it’s also important to get adequate rest.
You will need to avoid wearing tampons and having intercourse for up to six weeks after the surgery.