Labiaplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a consultant anaesthetist. You can expect your procedure to take one to two hours. Most women go home the same day.
During a labiaplasty procedure, small incisions are made to remove any excess tissue while reducing or reshaping the labia minora. The procedure doesn’t affect the clitoris and it won’t affect sexual sensation.
HOW IS LABIAPLASTY SURGERY DONE?
There are numerous different labiaplasty techniques that can be done to meet your unique needs and wishes. Our labiaplasty specialists will create minimal scars that are hidden along the natural creases of the labia.
There are a range of different techniques that can be used, alone or in conjunction with others.
TRIM (AMPUTATION) TECHNIQUE
The original technique used in labiaplasty was simply removing the tissue at the free edge of the labia minora. This is a procedure used by many surgeons because it’s quick to perform and easy to learn. This method can be a procedure for women who want to eliminate darkening of the inner labia that comes with age and pregnancy.
The disadvantage of this technique is that the natural texture of the labia minora is lost. This creates an overly smooth and unnatural look. There’s also an increased risk of nerve damage. A major limitation of this technique is that it can’t deal with excess tissue around the clitoral hood.
The de-epithelization technique allows you to maintain the natural texture of the labia minora edge. With this method, an incision is made in the inner and outer wall so that you can keep a natural labia edge. The disadvantage to the de-epithelization technique is that the labium width could increase if a considerable amount of tissue needs to be de-epithelialized adding bulk to the labia. Also for those with large labia, the free margin is not reduced in length and appears wrinkly.
WEDGE RESECTION TECHNIQUE
The wedge resection technique removes a wedge of tissue from the labia minora’s thickest portion. This method preserves the labia’s natural texture for a natural look and has been a technique used by many surgeons performing labiaplasty surgery over the last decade.
There is, however, the potential of nerve damage when done as a full-thickness resection. Another drawback is that this method doesn’t address the hyperpigmentation of the labial edge and if too much tension is applied then there is a risk of wound separation.
WHAT TECHNIQUE DO FORME SURGEONS USE?
There is no one best technique and, in fact, the best option for you could require a blend of multiple techniques. Every woman is different and so is her labia. To find the best approach, your surgeon will create a plan that is customised to your unique needs and wishes. When several methods are used in combination, it is called a composite labiaplasty.
Your surgeon will have an in-depth conversation to assess your needs then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional techniques to create a treatment plan.
Our labiaplasty specialists are experienced Plastic Surgeons who use the most current techniques and surgical protocols – to reduce the risk of tissue damage and minimise scars.