Labiaplasty is a plastic suregery that removes excess tissue from labiaminora, the inner fold of skin surrounding the human of the external genital organs of a woman. It can be performed for cosmetic and/or hygenic reasons.
There are two main techniques:
The Trim Technique: This technique is the most common technique applied by surgeons. In this procedure, the undesired part of labiaminora is trimmed vertically, to the level of labiamajora (outer fold) The new cut edge is then sutured so it will heal promptly and form minimal scar.
The Wedge Technique: This technique involves removing a V-shaped part of labiaminora. The edges of the resulting open space are then sutured together, forming a straight line with no visible scar along the labial edge. This procedure gives a very natural look, but might not be apllicable for all patients.
What to Expect After Labiaplasty
• This operation can be performed under general or local anesthesia.
• The post-operative pain is minimal and can be controlled with pain medication.
• This surgery is typically performed on out-patient basis so that you can leave the hospital after about 2 hours after the surgery.
• There will be swelling in the early post operative period.
• Post-operative care is minimal. After cleansing the surgical site, topical antibiotic ointment is applied to the labia 3 times daily for two days after the operation.
• The patient can return to work and normal daily activities within 3-4 days.
• Patients should avoid using tampons, wearing tight clothing for at least 4 weeks.
• Sexual intercourse should be avoided for four weeks.