It is not uncommon for a woman to feel unhappy with the inner lips of her vagina (labia minora) especially if they are asymmetrical or particularly long.
Labia minora that protrude can have adverse effects on self-confidence and personal relationships. They can also cause physical discomfort when wearing bathing suits, snug shorts, or exercising due to excessive rubbing.
In such instances, labia reduction treatment may be beneficial. It involves re-sculpting the labia minora to a size that the patient finds more satisfactory.
Dr Stradwick recognises that enlarged or protruding labia (inner lips of the vagina) can be very distressing for his patients. Not only can this condition result in physical discomfort during normal activities, it is frequently associated with significant sexual dysfunction. Although sex can be uncomfortable, more often embarrassment leads to the avoidance of sexual activity. This can have a profound effect on interpersonal relationships particularly with partners or potential partners. Excess labia can also cause physical discomfort when wearing bathing suits, snug shorts particularly when exercising.
Labiaplasty performed by Dr Stradwick removes the excess labia tissue and leaves imperceptible scars giving a very natural result. It is very effective at eliminating the physical discomfort usually associated with this condition.
Occasionally the labia can be large enough to hide the clitoris – known as clitoral hooding. Women with significant hooding of the clitoris typically report a lack of sexual enjoyment generally. An extended labiaplasty in these cases can expose the clitoris and result in an improvement in sexual enjoyment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is needed to recover from labiaplasty?
The labia have an excellent blood supply and heal very quickly. However the flip side of this rich blood supply is the need for strict rest in the immediate post-op period. It is imperative that the area is elevated as much as possible and kept cool with frequent ice packs. These measures reduce the amount of swelling and bruising and hasten recovery from labiaplasty. If the post-op instructions are followed properly then you can expect by the end of the first week to be well on the way to complete recovery. By two weeks 90% of normal activity can be performed.
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When can I have sex after labiaplasty?
Even though by the end of two weeks everything may feel normal all wounds take 6 weeks to reach 90% of maximum strength. This is why we advise that vaginal sex is avoided for 6 weeks following labiaplasty. Beyond that the advice would be to keep it as gentle as possible.
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Are the scars visible?
Another benefit of the richness of the blood supply is that labiaplasty scars heal incredibly well. The scars are typically imperceptible even on close inspection.
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