What Is a labiaplasty?
The labiaplasty procedure aims to reduce the size of the labia minora (inner ‘lips’ of the female genitalia). This procedure involves utilizing several different surgical techniques depending on the patient's specific situation. Dr Bovill will first evaluate the underlying issues causing problematic labia, determine the goals of your surgery and then openly and discretely discuss options and ultimately select the technique most appropriate to those goals.
There are a host of reasons females have enlarged labia, including childbirth, aging, and genetics. Of primary importance are the functional benefits when electing for a labiaplasty. Many women suffering from enlarged labia experience difficulty with exercise, hygiene, urinary tract infections, sexual activity and other physical activity.
Aesthetic concerns when wearing yoga pants, workout pants and swimming suits are equally valid, and many female patients describe feeling self-conscious when becoming romantically involved with their partners. Labiaplasty can restore both comfort and self confidence in these women.
What Happens During a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty of the labia minora can be performed under general anesthetic at request, but can now be safely performed in many patients as an in-office procedure under local anaesthetic. Dr Bovill takes great care to ensure a comfortable and discrete experience. Patients may choose to bring earphones or can listen to Dr Bovill as the procedure progresses. Dissolvable sutures are utilized and a detailed care plan is provided to ensure optimum comfort and speed of recovery.
Dr Bovill utilises both the Truncation and Wedge techniques. Ultimately, the best technique for your procedure will depend on your unique case. In your initial consultation, Dr Bovill will assess your situation and determine the approach that can yield the best possible results.
What Is Labiaplasty Recovery Like?
Following labiaplasty surgery, patients typically require approximately two weeks of downtime, although this can be shortened if prolonged periods of standing are avoided. More strenuous activities (such as going to the gym) may need to be avoided for five or six weeks. Cycling, horse-riding and sexual activity are strictly avoided, again for 6 weeks. Mild soreness is typical during recovery, but any discomfort can usually be managed with medication. Swelling and/or bruising is also part of the healing process as well, but these symptoms should resolve within a few weeks with the final volume apparent at around six weeks. Over time, scars should fade and become less apparent.
Each patient’s recovery is unique, so it is important to carefully follow the personalised aftercare instructions provided by Dr Bovill, ensuring proper healing during recovery. Postoperative follow-up appointments can also help Dr Bovill monitor your progress and identify any potential complications, should they arise. Additionally, she can provide you with more specific guidelines as you gradually return to your daily activities.