Labiaplasty (also known as labioplasty, labia minora reduction, and labial reduction) is a plasticsurgery procedure for altering the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia), the
folds of skin surrounding the human vulva. Conditions addressed by labiaplasty
- congenital defects – such as vaginal atresia (absent vaginal passage).
- Müllerian agenesis (malformed uterus and fallopian tubes).
- Intersex conditions (male and female sexual characteristics in a person).
- Tearing and stretching of the labia minora caused by childbirth, accident and age.
Size of the labia:
- Labia minora remain hidden between the labia majora in some women.
- They “stick out” in other women, with the protruding labia clearly visible in standing position.
- The size of the labia can change because of childbirth. Genital piercing can increase labial size and asymmetry, because of the weight of the ornaments.
Surgery – Contraindications:
- Tobacco smoker and is unwilling to quit
- Woman who are unrealistic in her aesthetic goals.
- When the patient is menstruating
Labial reduction can be performed under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anaesthesia, either as a
discrete, single surgery, or in conjunction with another, gynecologic or cosmetic, surgery procedure.
- Edge resection technique.
- Central wedge resection technique.
- De-epithelialization technique.
- Labiaplasty with clitoral unhooding.
- Laser labiaplasty technique.
- After 1 week, the inner and outer labia will be edematous, with the most swelling noticed in the clitoral hood area.
- Post-operative pain is minimal.
- Leave the hospital on the same day.
- No vaginal packing is required.
- Wear a sanitary pad for comfort.
- Proper cleansing of the surgical wound site.
- Application of a topical antibiotic ointment to the reduced labia for two to three times daily.
- Resume physically unstrenuous work three to four days after surgery.
- Do to use tampons, not to wear tight clothes (e.g. thong underwear), and to abstain from sexual intercourse for four weeks after surgery.