Labiaplasty surgery

What is labiaplasty and what are the causes of the inaesthetic appearance of the labia?

Labiaplasty is a procedure to help improve the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia. This area is typically comprised of the clitoral hood, labia majora, and labia minora. A labiaplasty refers to improvement in the size and appearance of the labia minora, which can become darkened, enlarged, and sagging from pregnancy or a number of other reasons. A labiaplasty can remove the darkened folds and excess labia minora to help create a more symmetric, cleaner appearance of your external genitalia.

There are many reasons for which labia are asymmetrical or lose volume. The inaesthetic appearance of the labia can be caused by age, birth or a genetic factor. Regardless of the causes, the enlarged labia create a physical discomfort for women (excess of labium can cause pain when practicing certain sports, during the sexual act or when sitting in a chair), but also a psychological discomfort (its appearance in tight clothes or intimate underwear).

By removing excess tissue, labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva) is allowed to rearrange in relation to the labia majora (the outer lips of the vulva). For large labia, lipoaspiration (in case of excess of tissue) or fat injection will be required to render the required volume.

What does labiaplasty involve?

Labiaplasty can be performed under both local and general anesthesia, thus being a painless procedure.

The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on the necessary adjustments.

There are several techniques used in the labiaplasty operation (adjustment technique, wedge technique or ‘cake slice’, Z technique and dezepidermization technique).

The recovery is fast and the results are definitive and very satisfactory for the patient.

During the consultation, Dr. Ioana Drăgoicea will present and explain what is, in your case, the right technique to get the best results.

Pre-operatory indications

It is very important to keep in mind the indications you receive pre- and post-intervention, as they can influence the end results.

Anti-inflammatory medication and smoking must be stopped (anti-inflammatory medication at least 7 days before the intervention and smoking at least one month before the intervention, because nicotine delays the curing process).

Do not start a strict diet before operation! It is important to have a protein-rich diet, because they help the healing process.

The procedure cannot be carried out during the menstruation period nor during pregnancy and you must inform your doctor of any medical problem you have.

Recovery time and post-operative indications of labiaplasty intervention

Threads are removed one week after the operation, while sexual activity can resume approximately 6 weeks after the intervention.

Rigorous hygiene of the intimate area is recommended, also the use of intimate cotton linen that is not tight, because edema and local inflammation can persist for up to 2 weeks.

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