Labiaplasty

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

 

Patient experience of labiaplasty in our clinic (external independent website

 

Your care

You can be assured at every point during your journey, a level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality expected of UK trained (FRCS Plast) NHS plastic surgeons practicing at reputable accredited private hospitals in Edinburgh. Our surgeons all have expertise in gynaecological reconstructive plastic surgery.

Care that is Consultant led, Hospital based
Same Surgeon at Consultation, Surgery and Follow-up
Full Members of BAPRAS and/or BAAPS, GMC Specialist Register

 

Risks

Labiaplasty complications

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.

Prices

Labiaplasty local anaesthesia £2500

Labiaplasty general anaesthesia £3000

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery

Finance

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.

 

Essentials
Labia minora reduction


Type of Anaesthetic
General or Local


Length of Surgery
40 min – 1 hour


Hospital Stay
Walk in walk out or Day surgery


Recovery
Swelling up to 10 days
7-10 days off work
3-4 weeks before strenuous exercise

 

What to expect after surgery?

Labiaplasty Aftercare

 

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