Labiaplasty is an increasingly common solution to rectifying the dissatisfaction some women feel regarding their genitals, in particular, their labia. This procedure reduces the size of the labia majora, minora, or both.

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is an increasingly common solution to rectifying the dissatisfaction some women feel regarding their genitals, in particular, their labia. This procedure reduces the size of the labia majora, minora, or both.

Women with excess skin on their labia might be suffering from a lack of self-confidence or even discomfort in more extreme scenarios. And in some cases, these problems may even affect their sex life. If you’ve experienced a lack of confidence when wearing bathing suits, or discomfort when doing sports like running or cycling, and are in excellent physical and mental health, you’re an ideal candidate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Purpose Of A Labiaplasty?

The labiaplasty procedure aims to decrease the size of the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) so that it is flush with the labia majora (outer vaginal lips); it involves the shortening or reshaping the vaginal lips and can involve several different surgical techniques depending on the patient’s specific situation.

How Is Labiaplasty Surgery Performed?

The labiaplasty procedure takes up to an hour and a half and is performed in the rooms under local anaesthetic. There are several methods of performing labia surgery, including:

  • Totally altering the labia minora – This procedure includes reduction of the hood, which is the skin covering the clitoris. Simple amputation of the excess skin and over sewing of the edge may be required. 
  • Removal of a wedge-shaped section – In most cases, Dr Wilkinson prefers to remove a wedge-shaped section of skin towards the back of the labia. The advantage of this method is that it leaves virtually undetectable scars. However, it should be noted that the reduction can cause the skin to feel tight (however this could also be a bonus to many patients).

Are You Awake During Labiaplasty Surgery?

Labia surgery is performed under conscious oral sedation with local anaesthetic. You will be totally relaxed but awake throughout the procedure.

Who Would Benefit From Labiaplasty?

Women with excess skin on their labia might be suffering from a lack of self-confidence or even discomfort in more extreme scenarios. And in some cases, these problems may even affect their sex life. If you’ve experienced a lack of confidence when wearing bathing suits, or discomfort when doing sports like running or cycling, and are in excellent physical and mental health, you’re an ideal candidate for labia surgery.

How Long Is The Recovery Of Labia Surgery?

You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and about within 12 to 24 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by your doctor. Although the stitches are dissolving there may be a few little knots to be removed at 10 – 14 days after surgery if they don’t fall out by themselves. You can expect some swelling and bruising after surgery which differs from patient to patient.  It depends on the extent of the surgery as well as the individual’s tendency to bruise. 

Are There Any Risks Involved With Labia Surgery?

Any and all complications that can arise both during and after you’ve undergone labiaplasty are discussed with you in-depth during your consultation.

A common concern regarding labia surgery is whether or not it affects sexual pleasure. The short answer is, no. Since the procedure does not involve the sensory nerves of the vagina, there is no need for alarm.

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Any and all complications that can arise both during and after you’ve undergone labiaplasty are discussed with you in-depth during your consultation.

A common concern regarding labia surgery is whether or not it affects sexual pleasure. The short answer is, no. Since the procedure does not involve the sensory nerves of the vagina, there is no need for alarm.

The labiaplasty procedure takes up to an hour and a half and is performed in the day clinic under local anaesthetic. There are several methods of performing labia surgery, including:

  • Totally altering the labia minora – This procedure includes reduction of the hood, which is the skin covering the clitoris. Simple amputation of the excess skin and oversewing of the edge may be required.
  • Removal of a wedge-shaped section – In most cases, Dr Nerina Wilkinson prefers to remove a wedge-shaped section of skin towards the back of the labia. The advantage of this method is that it leaves virtually undetectable scars. However, it should be noted that the reduction can cause the skin to feel tight (however this could also be seen as a bonus to many of her patients).

You’re advised to take a rest period of one week, during which you shouldn’t take part in any strenuous activity such as lifting heavy objects as it can take up to two weeks for any swelling to fully subside.

After you’ve undergone the procedure, you’ll have to wait at least six weeks for the swelling to completely subside before you resume normal sexual activity.

During the recovery process, you can expect to have some swelling and experience some pain for approximately five to seven days. Light bleeding can also be experienced during the first day or so in which you’ll need to be vigilant about personal hygiene to prevent infection, but you’ll be able to shower after a couple of days. Sutures are removed after a fortnight, before then, you should avoid wearing constricting underwear, and using tampons.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson and her team of experts have all the expertise required to complete labiaplasty in with maximum effect. As a female surgeon, you can count on her to broach the subject of your procedure with an understanding that only a woman can provide.

Contact her offices today to find out more about labiaplasty and what the procedure entails.

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She specialises in Female Aesthetic Gynecology

Dr Nerina Wilkinson combines her more than 2 decades of surgical precision in Cosmetic plastic surgery, in-depth understanding of anatomy, detailed understanding of aesthetic concepts and the newest innovations in technology to deliver a unique aesthetic couture experience,

About Dr Nerina Wilkinson FCS (Plast SA)

Dr Wilkinson is considered the “go to” expert for patients seeking a highly personalized bespoke Aesthetic Gynecology rejuvenation and restorative surgery.

She takes her clients on an ultimate curated journey to beauty and confidence.

“Hi! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my wonderful new vagina! Sorry, I realize that was a bit blunt. But that is how overjoyed I feel. I am currently in the process of attaching tiny mirrors to all of my shoes just so I can marvel at it’s greatness as I walk around town.”

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