Procedure Prominent inner labia can cause embarrassment and interfere with clothes, sports and intercourse. A prominent clitoral hood can be another concern. The inner labia are reduced to, or below the level of the outer labia. A labiaplasty can be done with a wedge excision or a trim excision. It can be combined with clitoral hood reduction.
The wounds are repaired with sutures which don’t require removal and dissolve within four months. The wound is covered with antibiotic ointment and a sanitary towel afterwards.
The area can be cleaned with running water and application of antibiotic ointment (for 1–2 days only) after going to the toilet. Strong, regular pain killers and cooling packs can help with the discomfort for the first few days.
A two weeks recovery period and minimising any activities following surgery is very important to reduce the risk of wound separation. Touch–up procedures are not uncommon but usually very minor with minimal downtime afterwards.
Scars Across the labia in wedge excisions. Along the labial rim in trim excisions
Operation time 1.5 hours
Anaesthesia Local anaesthetic spray and injection
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Cosmetic, Psychological, Functional, Symptomatic
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems (stretched, thick, red, retracted, abnormally pigmented or pigmentation mismatch etc.), Skin discoloration, Skin cones, Wound separation, Slough, Necrosis, Pain, Irritation, Numbness, Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Cosmetic imperfections (higher risk after subsequent pregnancies / weight changes), Seroma, Injury to clitoris or urethra, Narrow introitus, Dryness, Clitoral hood distortion, Sexual or urinary problems (Urinary retention, spraying), Contour irregularities, Need for further surgery, Allergic reaction
N.B. Most complications are unlikely and serious risks are rare
Risk factors Smoking / overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency, diabetes, local pressure or irritation, driving a car early, insufficient resting period
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, scar massage, two weeks rest and minimising irritation
Discomfort 1 – 2 weeks
Bruising 2 – 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities and driving 2 weeks, Physical work, intercourse and sports 6 weeks
Acceptable appearance 6 – 12 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 – 18 months
Alternatives No Surgery, Protective underwear

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