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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer for The Private Clinic of Harley Street, London.
Last Reviewed June 23rd 2023
OTHER Cosmetic Surgery
Around a third of women seek Labiaplasty (vaginal reshaping surgery) for aesthetic reasons alone, while the rest either seek it to correct a functional impairment, such as discomfort caused by a large labia (flaps of skin on each side of the vaginal opening) or both reasons. Whatever the reason, you should take into consideration all aspects of this surgical procedure and weigh up the reasons carefully.
Labia reduction surgery (also known as Labiaplasty) is becoming increasingly popular and less of a taboo for women to address. We treat women who are concerned about the shape and size of their labia, whether it is a result of natural childbirth, age, or even weight loss.
Labiaplasty is a surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure carried out to correct and define the appearance of the labia, creating a neater and more symmetrical appearance.
All of our specialist surgeons here at The Private Clinic are available to offer honest advice to suit your individual requirements.
Labiaplasty, Labia Reduction Surgery at a glance
0.5 – 1 hour
Local or General
Up & Mobile
Back to work
Full Recovery Time
6 – 8 weeks
6 – 12 months
4-5 days depend of the wound
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What to Expect
The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 40 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
The first stage of your labiaplasty treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert labiaplasty surgeons.
At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the procedure in detail and examine you to assess your suitability for surgery. A chaperone will be available at all times to help you feel comfortable.
Your surgeon will then discuss:
- Your medical history
- Your expectations from the surgery
- Risks and Complications of labiaplasty surgery
Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with surgery.
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria.
Following your labiaplasty consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you.
Most pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
The labiaplasty procedure is a surgical procedure, which can be performed either under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic – your surgeon will recommend the most suitable procedure for you. It takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to perform.
The inner and outer labia can be altered and reduced in appearance to fit a more standard labia shape and appearance. The entire labia area can not be removed, as they are needed to protect the delicate inner areas.
It is important to choose an experienced surgeon to avoid some of the common problems associated with inexperienced surgeons. There is minimal scarring involved as any incisions will be carefully made to be hidden by the natural folds around the labia.
It can be a very sensitive topic for patients and we assure you that you will be treated with the utmost discretion and professionalism.
There are 2 main types of Labiaplasty surgery techniques.
The trim labiaplasty technique is the most commonly performed type of labiaplasty procedure. It is very effective at correcting a wide range of issues affecting both the inner and outer labia. The procedure involves a linear incision being made along the outer margin of the labia. The excess tissue is removed from the labia and the remaining edges are sutured together. The trim technique removes any dark pigmentation on the edge of the labia tissue which results in a more youthful pink colour on the edge of the labia which is often desirable for patients.
The wedge method is also known as the central v wedge technique. This is a slightly more complex procedure that is often used for correcting asymmetry and excess length. The procedure involves removing a wedge-shaped/pie shaped piece of tissue from the central part of the labia. The incision is usually V shaped with the two edges being sewn together. The wedge technique is not suitable for patients wanting to remove pigmentation from the border of the labia, unlike the trim technique. It does however mean that the border of the labia is preserved maintaining the labia’s natural wrinkled edge.
After your labiaplasty procedure
Patients can experience some slight swelling and discomfort for the first week after the labiaplasty procedure. During the second week, the swelling will subside entirely and you will hardly be able to notice the incision marks. Most of our patients are advised that they may need between 1 and 3 weeks off work, depending on their own healing process.
You will be advised to take it easy for a couple of weeks – avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for approximately four weeks.
Full advice and support will be given and available for you post-surgery as part of our aftercare promise.
The Labiaplasty Results
The results of a labiaplasty are a defined, neatly shaped labia. You can get back to your normal routine swiftly, making sure to follow the advice given by our medical team. You can then go about your daily life with the right kind of confidence and comfort.
Things to Consider
Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a labiaplasty procedure:
1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.
The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 40 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.
2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.
At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.
3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure
4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.
Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.