A Suitable Candidate for Labioplasty (Labiaplasty)
Patients requesting a Labiaplasty do so because the Labia Minora (inner tissue of the Vulva) is particularly elongated causing irritation and a rash, discomfort in tight clothing, during sexual intercourse or patients are simply self conscious.
Attempts to reduce the elongation and emphasis of the Labia Minora, as well as relieve symptoms and improve sexual function and gratification or simply giving the patient back self confidence with wearing certain clothing to produce a more natural and aesthetic result.
A Labioplasty is not a Vaginaplasty, which aims to tighten the vaginal vault or canal. Patients requiring this procedure should be seen by a Gynaecologist.
Labiaplasty can be performed under a general anaesthetic or a combination of sedation and local anaesthesia. The incisions are hidden and inconspicuous once healed. The incisions are sutured using dissolving stitches; post operatively patients will use copious quantities of petroleum jelly and an anti bacterial gel with a pad for approximately two weeks.
Daily care of the wound will heal quickly; normal return to sexual function is at about one month. There will be some swelling and discomfort or pain which will resolve and be helped by simple analgesics. Occasionally some patients may have persistent bleeding from the wound which usually resolves, it is uncommon to need cauterisation of the bleeding point; haematoma or bruising however may be present for 7-10 days.