We know through experience that the decision to have a labiaplasty is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this operation. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is a labiaplasty useful?
What is the aim of a labiaplasty?
What do I have to consider before a labiaplasty (pre-operative phase)?
What do I have to consider after a labiaplasty (post-operative phase)?
What are the possible risks with a labiaplasty?
Which result can I expect after a labiaplasty and what are the chances of success?
The Centre of femininity. The labia in women are genetically determined, vary dramatically, and differ greatly in size, shape and appearance. Particularly when the inner lips are too large, it is often considered an aesthetic flaw and can be disturbing during sexual intercourse. Asymmetries with the labia are also possible.
The aim of the correction is to reduce the labia minora or establish symmetry of the labia.
Procedure. An incision is made on both sides of the labia; a few millimetres away from the base. The exact size of the incision and resection will be thoroughly discussed before the procedure. The incisions are then closed with fine stitches.
Type of anaesthesia. The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic, but can be carried out in exceptional cases under local anaesthetic.
On the day of the operation please do not use any oily shower or bathing products but normal soap or shower gel and your skin should not be moisturised. Shaving of the pubic region is also necessary.
Information on general measures and the necessary preliminary examinations will be put together for you personally in a pamphlet which you will receive at your consultation.
After a labiaplasty swelling and minor bruising of the operated area regularly occurs. For several days after surgery, a pad must be worn and because of the increased risk of infection, the area should be bathed several times a day with an antiseptic lotion (Betaisodona), and afterwards treated with an antiseptic ointment (Baneocin).
The stitches are removed approximately 8 days after surgery.
Heat sources, such as those from saunas should be avoided for the first 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.
No procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include the possibility of bleeding, thrombosis and infection. Especially associated with a labiaplasty are the risks of prolonged swelling and a possible disturbance in sensation.
Improved contour. Through the operation, the desired shape and size of the labia can usually be produced, and the overall aesthetic impression of the vagina harmonised.