Are you considering Labiaplasty?
At Quaba Plastic Surgery, we have significant experience in helping women considering labiaplasty.
Women may choose to have labiaplasty for several reasons:
- Some women may have been self conscious about the appearance of their labia minora from a young age
- Labial enlargement can also occur after childbirth or with the natural ageing process
- Others feel that their labia minora cause discomfort with certain sporting activities or when wearing tighter clothing
- For some, the cosmetic appearance of their labia minora affects their sexual confidence
A Labiaplasty or labia reduction is a procedure designed to decrease the size of the labia minora, or ‘inner lips’ of the vagina. Whilst this can be an embarrassing topic to discuss there is far greater awareness about the potential benefits of this procedure and it is associated with a high satisfaction rate.
Labiaplasty can often be combined with clitoral hood reduction.
There is great variability in the size and shape of women’s labia minora and there is no definition of what is “normal” or “abnormal”.
Labia minora reduction surgery is a surgical procedure. We use the wedge excision method for labiaplasty which avoids leaving scars over the outer edge of the labia.
Surgery is usually carried out as a day procedure and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. There is a some discomfort for a few days after the surgery and swelling is expected to last no more than 7-10 days. Complications of surgery can include bleeding, infection, under or over correction and scar sensitivity.
To read about some of the controversy surrounding labiaplasty please read here: Labiaplasty controversy
Labiaplasty is a procedure that carries a very high satisfaction rate.
The following risks are associated with the procedure:
Bleeding – Minor spotting is common after the procedure. Very rarely bleeding may occur that causes pain and swelling and may require a return to theatre to stop the bleeding/ remove the clot that has formed.
Swelling – To be expected over the first few days and varies greatly between patients. Usually settled by 10 days.
Infection – Relatively uncommon and may require treatment with antibiotics.
Delayed wound healing – Again uncommon but can result in the wound opening up and not healing properly.
Scars – The scars using the “wedge technique” are relatively hidden and tend to settle well. Rarely scars can be sensitive and painful but this usually improves with time.
Under correction – Not removing enough tissue.
Asymmetry – Minor degrees of asymmetry are to be expected – this is normal.
Revision – A small number of patients (approx. 5%) may require further surgery to correct residual problems.
Labiaplasty local anaesthesia £2500
Labiaplasty general anaesthesia £3000
All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery
Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) by Zebra Health Finance (formerly First Medical Loans). They offer interest free loans up to a certain value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.