Labiaplasty (also known as labioplasty, labia minora reduction, and labial reduction) is a procedure for altering the labia minora (inner labia) and sometimes the labia majora (outer labia). A 2008 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 37 per cent have the surgery for aesthetic reasons alone.
The size, colour, and shape of labia vary, and can change as a result of childbirth and aging. According to a 2011 review, also in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, overall patient satisfaction is in the 90–95 percent range.
Edge resection technique
This is a simple resection of tissues at the edge of the labia minora.
Depending on your progress, you can resume physically un-strenuous work three to four days after surgery. To allow the wounds to heal, do not use tampons, or wear tight clothes (e.g. thong underwear), and abstain from sexual intercourse for four weeks after surgery. Avoid high impact exercises including jogging for four weeks after surgery. Use a laxative, drink plenty of fluids and eat lots fruit and fiber to keep your stools soft.
Risk of surgery
Risks include scarring, infections, bleeding, irritation, and nerve damage leading to increased or decreased sensitivity.
After the procedure it will take 4-6 weeks before being completely healed and a full 3-4 months before being able to truly assess the results of surgery. A second stage may be necessary to fully reduce the size to your liking. The exact results cannot be guaranteed. Although good results are expected it is possible thatthe result might not live up to your expectations or goals.
- Miklos J.R. and Moore R.D. “Labiaplasty of the Labia minora: Patients’ Indications for Pursuing Surgery”, Journal of Sexual Medicine, 5(6), 2008, pp. 1492–1495.
- Goodman, M.P. “Female genital cosmetic and plastic surgery: a review”, Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8(6), June 2011, pp. 1813–1825.