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  • What is Labiaplasty?

    Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the size of the inner lips of the vulva (labia minora) so that they are smaller than the outer lips (labia majora). But what actually happens during this process? Labia Minora (inner lips) Reduction – Many women dislike the large protuberant appearance of their labia minora. This may cause severe embarrassment with a sexual partner. The overly large labia minora can also result in constant irritation in tight pants. Surgical labial reduction can greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of the abnormally enlarged labias. Some women are born with large labia, others may develop this condition with childbirth or age. Labia Majora (outer lips) Reduction – This common anatomical variation may be worsened by childbirth or by weight gain or loss. They may sometimes be improved by liposuction. In more severe cases, surgical reduction is necessary.

  • Results of Labiaplasty

    Many women claim these procedures have a life-altering impact, after surgery, and that they experience greater confidence and satisfaction with their sexuality as a result.

  • Candidates for Labiaplasty

    Women who are either experiencing sexual dysfunction, embarrassment, or pain because their labia (labia minora) are over-sized or asymmetrical.Also, women who dislike their large labia or shape of their labia, which may cause inelegance or awkwardness with a sexual partner.

  • Your Consultation

    Meet with your cosmetic surgeon for a consultation. You will be advised to see your family doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to have surgery. This might mean having blood work done or an EKG depending on your age and your medical history. Book your surgery once you have been medically cleared. At least 6 weeks before: Quit smoking. 10 days before: Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other medication or herbal supplement that might increase the risk of bleeding or bruising. 1 day before: Take any prescribed antibiotics. The morning of: Shower and completely shave the pubic area.

  • The Labiaplasty Procedure

    You will be given a general anesthetic to “knock you out” just prior to the procedure, as well as a local anesthetic to numb the area during (and for a few hours after) surgery. The area to be removed is marked. The protuberant labium is excised in a “V” manner and the upper and lower edges are sutured together. Therefore, the only suture line visible on the edge is a small transverse line instead of a longitudinal vertical suture line. This results in normal labia minora in which surgery is essentially undetectable. Excess skin on the sides of the clitoral hood can also be removed without visible scars. Several modifications of labiaplasty have also been made that have not yet been published.

  • Risk

    • Infection
    • It helps decrease stretch marks
    • It has a long-lasting result.
    • Bleeding
    • Temporary numbness
    • Asymmetry between the inner and outer labia lips
    • Pigmentation changes
    • Decreased feeling in that area
    • Pain
    • Excess scar tissue buildup (appearing as lumps on the treated area)
    • Hematoma (break in blood vessel causing localized blood-filled area or blood clot)
    • Puckering or creases of the skin
    • Sexual dysfunction
  • Recovery

    After surgery, you can’t have intercourse for about one month. Your genitals will be tender and swollen for several weeks, and your labia and the surrounding area may be slightly bruised. Oral medications can reduce pain, and antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection after your surgery. You will be asked to avoid any heavy, strenuous exercise for three or more weeks after surgery. Tampons should not be used in the 10 days after your surgery, but you will need to wear a pad for at least one week due to post-surgical bleeding Back to Work: 3 to 5 day

FAQs

  • Why do women get labiaplasty?
    - Women get labiaplasty for different reasons. In my experience, the number one reason for a labiaplasty is the desire to reduce pain or discomfort experienced while wearing tight clothing (such as jeans or yoga pants) or playing sports (especially bike riding or horseback riding) or engaging in other physical activities. The second most common reason for labiaplasty is shame or embarrassment about the way their genitals look and the desire to change their appearance. Other times, women want to increase sexual function– a reduction of the labia or clitoral hood can provide greater exposure of the clitoris, allowing for increased stimulation. Occasionally, a woman's labia are damaged during childbirth, and the procedure is restorative.
  • How much does labiaplasty cost?
    - Labiaplasty surgery typically ranges anywhere between Php50,000 to 60,000. Most cosmetic surgeons should be able to provide an exact estimate if you send photos. Also, the price depends on if you are getting a labia majora reduction, labia minora reduction or both a labia majora&minora reduction.
  • Do I need Anesthesia for this?
    - It can be done under complete anesthesia complete anesthesia or light anesthesia. In my experience, complete anesthesia is more common--I'm not sure why other than (male) doctors probably feel more comfortable performing an operation in such a personal area when patients aren't concious. I personally perform the procedure under light anesthsia, because patients recover immediately after surgery, many patients prefer to be awake, and it eliminates the risk involved when complete anesthesia is used.
  • Is it painful?
    - Most patients will requires pain medications after surgery. I provide NSAID for 2-3 days after surgery.
  • When can go back to work?
    - I have patients ice the area and rest for 3 days to help with swelling. After that they may return back to a sedentary job.
  • When can I swim or exercise after labioplasty?
    -Usually by 3 weeks the area us the area is healed well enough where you can safely resume all activities including swimming/biking/dancing/intercourse.
  • Will labiaplasty reduce sexual sensitivity?
    - If tissue around the clitoris is reduced, it may improve access to the clitoris and sexual senstitivity. Keep in mind that surgical technique is critical for the tissues around the clitoral area to heal correctly.