Trying to decide whether a labial reduction is right for you? While labias come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, many women are unhappy with how theirs looks.
A labial reduction is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size of the inner or outer lips. Like any surgery, it’s important to know everything about it before deciding if it is right for you.
To help you decide, below you’ll discover the answers to some of the most common questions about labial reduction.
What exactly is a labial reduction?
A labial reduction, or Labiaplasty, aims to reduce the size of the labia minora, the inner lips of the vagina. It also creates a smoother appearance with the outer lips, or the labia majora.
There are a number of different techniques that can be used, depending on the preference of the patient. However, the goal of each is to create a ‘tucked in’ appearance.
Are there any risks and complications?
There are some risks and complications to be aware of before undergoing a labial reduction. These include:
- Decreased vulvar sensitivity
- Scarring which results in painful intercourse
- Chronic dryness
These risks are small, but you do still need to be aware of them. If too much of the labial fold is removed, it could cause issues with function. Consequently, the lips may not protect the vagina as much, which could increase the incidence of vaginal infections.
Mr Horlock will talk through the exact method along with all of the risks and complications associated with the procedure during your consultation.
What results will it produce?
The procedure can provide very natural looking results. Those who undergo the surgery to correct issues such as tugging or twisting, often report massive relief. Furthermore, it can be life-changing if the issue was causing you significant discomfort or distress.
A study from 2014, showed around 91% of patients who underwent the procedure, were satisfied with the end result. With that said, results do vary. So it is important to get an idea of the type of result you can expect during your consultation.
How long will it take to recover?
A labial reduction is typically carried out as a day procedure, done with local or general anaesthetic. You will likely feel swollen and sore afterwards, and patients are advised to avoid working for one to two weeks.
You’ll find the recovery runs smoothly if you give the body time to rest, wear loose clothing, and avoid vigorous activity. If you find it uncomfortable to sleep, you can lie down with your bottom slightly elevated. You should notice that any pain, swelling, and discomfort takes around six weeks to clear up.
A labial reduction is a simple, yet big procedure. If the size of your labia is causing you distress, or if you have more questions about labial reduction, book a consultation with Mr Horlock. Discover whether a labial reduction procedure could be right for you.