While labiaplasty is not a new procedure, it has certainly become far more popular in recent years.

Labiaplasty gives women the opportunity to reduce the size of their vaginal lips but what happens during the procedure exactly?

Do I really need labiaplasty?

There are countless different types of vaginas but the media has been favouring a specific type of vagina for many years now. However, medical professionals have made it very clear that vaginas come in all shapes and sizes and that’s completely normal. How the vagina functions is far more important than how it looks.

The lips are probably the most noticeable and visible part of the vagina and they protect the clitoris as well as the opening of the vagina. The vaginal lips are made up of two parts: The labia minora and the labia majora.

While protruding labia is natural, it can lead to embarrassment, discomfort, tearing and even pain during intercourse. Elongated labia can also affect a woman’s self-esteem, particularly in the bedroom.

Women with protruding and large labia find it difficult to wear tight clothing and may even experience itching and irritation during exercise. And when sex is painful too, the entire situation just ends up causing unnecessary long-term stress.

Vaginal rejuvenation options

Vaginal tightening at Academy Face and Body Clinic is one of the many procedures that fall under the vaginal rejuvenation umbrella, with many women choosing to pair labiaplasty with a second procedure.

There are a number of different treatments and techniques that can be used to rejuvenate the vagina but in terms of labiaplasty, there are several different techniques that can be used, including the curvilinear, central wedge resection and trim techniques to name a few.

A trim or curvilinear labiaplasty is used to reduce long labia minora but very often excess tissue is removed, which leaves the lips looking pink.

If the central wedge restriction technique is used, a V-shape incision is made in the middle of the labia so that they can be reshaped. Patients can expect a small scar after this procedure.

The de-epithelisation technique involves the removal of an area of skin instead of all the thickened tissue. Dissolved sutures will be used following this procedure.

In some cases, a clitoral hood reduction may be required in conjunction with a labiaplasty as the clitoris can often look much larger once the vaginal lips have been reduced in size.

What to expect during and after a labiaplasty

A labiaplasty will not last longer than 2 hours and can be done under local anaesthetic, which also means that recovery becomes a lot more manageable.

It’s best for patients to avoid any sexual intercourse for at least 6 weeks to allow enough time for healing. Patients can also expect bloody discharge and some mild discomfort when urinating or sitting. There may also be some slight numbness but this will subside.

There is a very low risk of complications and most women will be able to return to their normal routine fairly soon after their procedure.