4 Key questions about labiaplasty

Written by: Dr. Enrique Linares Recatalá
Published: | Updated: 19/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

A considerable number of women may have (those little outside the vagina) large or irregular labia minora, either of birth after childbirth or aging.

The enlarged aspect of the female intimate part may embarrass or even lower self-esteem of a woman. In addition, many women with these conditions may also feel irritation by maintaining relationships, tight clothing or exercising. To remedy these inconveniences and help restore self - esteem, there is a treatment in Cosmetic Surgery called reduction labiaplasty, which aims to reduce or change the shape of the labia minora.

What labiaplasty patients is recommended?

This surgery for women who have one or more of these conditions are recommended:

  • sexual dysfunction
  • asymmetrical labia minora or too thick
  • hanging labia or very long
  • Discomfort or embarrassment to maintain relationships because he was not happy with her labia minora

Although there is no age requirement to undergo labiaplasty, you should wait until after giving birth, because childbirth can stretch the vaginal lips.

This surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical techniques such as liposuction or lipoabdominoplasty. In this case, the ideal patient profile are those women with aesthetic or morphological alterations that want to improve their appearance. Keep in mind that these interventions can improve the appearance of the inner part and improve self-esteem, but not necessarily improve sex or achieve perfection.

On the other hand, a patient must also meet certain requirements to undergo a labiaplasty: acceptable level of health and psychological stability.


What is labiaplasty surgery?

The intervention is performed under local anesthesia and sedation, it lasts about 45 minutes and does not require hospitalization. The surgical technique involves removing excess labia minora and then closed with sutures, either in the form of zigzag or crescent.

Given that not all of the labia minora are the same, the surgeon must choose one technique or the other depending on the conditions present the patient to obtain a more optimal result.


How is postoperative labiaplasty?

During the three or four days after surgery, the patient has swelling and some bruising, but disappear within two weeks. To take a more bearable postoperative advice to follow are:

  • Taking antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least three weeks
  • Avoid any kind of sexual activity for at least six weeks
  • Do not use buffers up to 10 days after surgery

Soon, the scars tend to disappear completely.


Does labiaplasty has risks?

As with all treatments in plastic surgery, complications are very rare but can happen. The main risks in labiaplasty can be:

  • Temporary loss of sensation
  • infections
  • Keloids (excessive scarring)
  • bruising
  • Skin formations
  • Permanent loss of sensation

Still, keep in mind that the treated area in this surgery is not affected when it comes to maintaining relationships. Also, if the above mentioned tips are followed, there will be less chance of complications.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Enrique Linares Recatalá
Plastic surgery

Dr. Linares Recatalá is a renowned specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic that has more than 10 years of experience. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Granada, has completed his training at hospitals in Granada, Seville and Barcelona. During his long career, he has made numerous presentations and communications in meetings, courses and conferences specialty. Currently, she combines her work as plastic, cosmetic and restorative surgery in Almeria exercising both public activity (in the Torrecárdenas Hospital) and private (in the Mediterranean Vithas Hospital and the Hospital Virgen del Mar). In addition, he is a member of several associations of national and international specialty.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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