Labioplasty

Is plastics of labia minora performed for nulliparae?
Plastic surgery of labia minora is recommended for parous women, but it can be also performed at a younger age in cases of pronounced labial hypertrophy.

Why are labia minora enlarged?
Enlarged labia minora may be caused by mechanical impacts (friction – too tight clothes), masturbation, delivery, lyphostasis, chronic dermatitis, inflammatory urethral irregularities, hormones. The problem is more characteristic in older women.

Does the surgery require anaesthesia?
The surgery is usually performed under intravenous sedation due to high innervation of the labia minora. Surgery can be also done with local anaesthesia when so requested by a patient. Intravenous sedation is usually preferred by our patients due to physical and psychological comfort during the surgery.

What about post-surgical examinations or dressings?
Usually our patients are invited for the examination one week and several months after the surgery. Dressing, however, is not necessary because of soluble sutures used in such surgeries.

How long should I wait to travel abroad?
Leaving abroad is possible 3 days after the surgery.

How long should I stay in the clinic after the surgery?
After the surgery of labia minora, patients are discharged after 2-4 hours.

When is the final result seen?
The final result could be seen about 2 months after the surgery.

Do I get a sick leave after the surgery of labia minora? How long does it take to return to work?
Yes, you can get a sick leave for a period of 10 days, but work can be resumed after 2-5 days if you feel well.

What about going to sauna or swimming pool?
It is not recommended visiting saunas and/or swimming pools for at least one month after the surgery.

How soon after my surgery can I resume normal sexual intercourse?
After surgical correction of the labia minora, normal sexual relations can be usually resumed in 4 to 8 week. It is recommended that vibrators not be used for 1-2 months.

What are likely complications?
Likely complications include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, poor wound healing, under-correction or over-correction of the labia minora. The complications, however, are rare.

I have heard of several techniques of the surgery. What method do you use? What’s special about it?
Out method for labiaplasty involves removal of excess labia minora while preserving sensory characteristics, natural colour and contours of the vaginal lips.

Is a repeated surgery necessary?
One of likely complications is asymmetry of the labia minora. Therefore, some minor corrections are necessary after the original surgery.

What are special preparations, if any, for the surgery?
Blood tests and depilation. Postoperative discomfort is usually managed with analgesics.

What is the anatomy of labia minora?
The labia minora are situated between the labia majora and the vagina. The labia minora are joined at the clitoris which is located near the vagina. The size of labia minora differs in women of different age and is not always symmetric. The labia minor are cavernous tissues covered with skin and mucous with excessive innervation.