Who Is a Good Candidate?
Labiaplasty is a procedure used to improve the appearance of the outer female genitalia. It involves decreasing the size of the inner labia to make them less protruding, and less visible in tight clothing such as swim suits and exercise clothing. This procedure is rarely covered by insurance.
Labiaplasty is typically performed in the office under local anesthesia, or in the operating room under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia, whichever the patient is most comfortable with. Surgery usually takes a little less than 1 hour. During surgery, local anesthetic medication is injected into the inner labia, and the excess tissue is trimmed off, reshaped, and closed with dissolvable sutures. Either a trim or a wedge technique is used depending on what your goals are, and clitoral hood reduction is often a part of this surgery as well.
Recovery differs for each patient - some patients find they have very little pain, whereas others need prescription pain medications for several days afterwards. You will be given prescriptions for pain medications, antibiotics and sometimes a steroid to help with swelling. After surgery, you may go to the bathroom as your normally would. Patients usually find it is comfortable to take a sitz bath 1-2 times per day for the first couple of days to help cleanse the area. After labiaplasty, patients need to avoid using tampons, sexual intercourse or any traumatic activities to the perineum (such as riding a bike) to 4-6 weeks to allow all incisions to heal.