What to expect from a labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is performed with the use of either general or local anaesthesia. It’s an increasingly sought after and popular outpatient procedure, which means you won’t be required to stay in the hospital. After a brief period of observation, you may return home with the aid of a loved one.
The procedure is customized to each individual patient, and may involve removal of a trim of the leading edge of each inner labium (labia minora) from its top to its bottom, or may the removal of a central pie-shaped wedge of tissue from the substance of the labium, depending on the location and degree of excess tissue desired to be removed. Scarring is minimal, and due to the nature of labial tissue, is usually very hard to see or feel once fully healed. Some patients have either deflation or excess of the outer labia (labia majora) that may benefit from remodelling as well. This can be done with combinations of fat grafting, liposuction or skin removal, creating youthful and aesthetic contours.
Please note that a labiaplasty, or labial contouring, differs from “vaginal rejuvenation”, which seeks to tighten the internal tissues of the vagina using lasers and other techniques. Most surgical societies have cautioned against these procedures, due to a high rate of complications and adverse outcomes. As such, we do not offer this procedure at our clinic.
Patients who undergo labiaplasty typically report higher levels of personal confidence after surgery, as well as greater enjoyment of sex and less discomfort during activities such as riding a bike.
If labiaplasty is performed in conjunction with a more extensive procedure, as in a mommy makeover, it will likely be completed while you are under general anaesthesia.
Swelling or soreness is common for about 1 week after surgery. Depending on the significance of your procedure, you may be ready to get back to work and other sedentary activities within that time frame. You may resume strenuous exercise and sex after 1 month. The results of your labiaplasty are likely to last indefinitely.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your labiaplasty.
Frequently asked questions
- What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty and vaginoplasty are often used interchangeably, but these surgeries are not the same. Labiaplasty primarily affects your labia minora, the small, inner lips on either side of the vaginal opening. This surgery can achieve a variety of results, including:
- Correcting asymmetry of the labia minora
- Reducing the size of one or both labia
- Creating a more discreet appearance
- Improving comfort during sex and other activities, such as exercise
During your consultation, Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd will discuss your goals and determine your candidacy for surgery. If you are in generally good health and have a good understanding of the potential results of surgery and its limitations, you’ll likely be an excellent candidate.