Is Labiaplasty right for me?
Hypertrophy (increase in size) of the labia minorae has been associated with congenital and acquired conditions such as hormone imbalance, excessive manipulation, chronic irritation and urinary incontinence amongst others. It is important to note that labial hypertrophy is not an abnormality, there is a tremendous variance in the normal size of the labiae – some women just have bigger labiae than others.
The reasons most women request labiaplasty are: aesthetic appearance, difficulty wearing certain clothing, pain with sexual intercourse, poor hygiene or chronic infection.
Labiaplasty or labial reduction has become more popular in recent years due to the fact that more and more women shave the pubic area – the size and appearance of a woman’s labiae are therefore more commonly noticed from both functional and aesthetic standpoints.
There are a number of techniques used to reduce the size of the labia minorae and this will be discussed with you during consultation. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.
- Post operatively you will experience some discomfort in the genital area but this usually subsides within a few days.
- You will be give pain medication and an antibiotic cream to apply to the area.
- It is important to clean and dry the genital area after urinating.
- Do not wear tight fitting underwear or clothing for at least a week after the operation.
- Sport or any strenuous activity, as well as sexual intercourse, should be avoided for six weeks after the operation.
- If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, shortness of breath or diarrhoea after taking your medications or if you develop a high fever, develop redness, or have increased pain or swelling at the site of your surgery, call the office immediately.