After pregnancy or due to genetic reasons, the labia enlarges abnormally, causing physical or psychological discomfort in many patients. This was corrected by loosening the tissue by performing Labiaplasty or Nymphoplasty. The procedure is relatively straightforward, takes less than an hour and is carried out under local anesthesia.
Who Is It For?
Some women feel that they need to correct the appearance of their labia minora. They might be born with labia which are misshapen, irregular or improperly protected; the labia may also change their shape and size with age or after childbirth. The result can be unpleasant as the labia can chafe against clothes, cause problems with hygiene and regular sexual activity and alter the appearance of the genital area. On the other hand, the labia majora lose their shape (fat diminution in the area), which makes them lose their original function; some women become uncomfortable with their appearance. Aesthetic labiaplasty surgery offers a solution to both problems – labia reduction and labia enlargement (using the body’s fat.)
You will need to take some time off work to get the required rest post-operation. During the recovery period, you will also need support and help from family and friends as you will not be able to do physically demanding jobs, attend social events, etc. In case you have young children you might also need to arrange child care. Make sure that you don’t have any acute sickness, such as a viral illness or cold, for at least three weeks before your scheduled temporal lift surgery; please inform us in case it does occur. No medications were containing acetylsalicylic acid, such as Acylpryin, Aspirin, Alnagon, Mineral, etc., should be taken a week before the operation. Such medicines are blood thinners which may increase bleeding during and after the selective facelift surgery. If women are taking hormonal contraception or replacement, they should stop doing so a month (minimum two weeks) before the temporal lift to prevent thromboembolism. Bring your usual medicine and pills, if possible in the original packaging. Smokers are encouraged to stop or at least considerably reduce smoking two weeks before the operation, and make sure you bring nicotine patches with you. It is required to wear elastic garments after the procedure which you can buy from the clinic or bring your own. We would recommend that you buy them after consulting your surgeon to decide on which size and type are most suitable for you. Ideally, women should not have their period during the operation but in case they do, they should inform their doctor.
How Is It Done?
During the labiaplasty surgery, the surgeon removes the excess tissue of the labia minora, and the labia majora (on the outside of the body) may also be reduced by surgery or liposuction. Labia minora is reduced and remodeled. Labia majora is filled with (generally patient’s own) fat.
Labiaplasty surgery is usually done under intravenous sedation or, by request, under local anesthetic. It usually takes half an hour.
It is advisable to pay particular attention to higher hygiene standards and avoid exercising for two or three weeks. Sexual activity should also be avoided for at least one to two months. Avoid exercise (no running, heavy lifting, straining, etc.) for four to six weeks. Avoid straddle activities like cycling, horseback riding for at least four weeks.
The area should be gently washed after each visit to the toilet, or at least five times a day. It is also recommended to have oak tree bark sitz baths five times a day. Apply bacitracin or a topical triple antibiotic ointment to the suture lines for ten days and place a piece of gauze between your labia. Wear cotton undergarments and avoid any undergarment that is tight or irritating for four weeks. You may shower the day following the procedure - past your labia dry, do not rub. Do not take a bath or go swimming for two weeks.
If you smoke, there will be prolonged healing. There can be swelling, discoloration and tightness of the skin for about two weeks. Insufficient post-operative care can result in post-operative bleeding, hematomas and infection of the wound as well as an imperfect effect of the surgery.
The result is long-lasting or even permanent.