What is it?
The labia majora can be reduced for functional or aesthetic reasons. Prior to the procedure, you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs with the surgeon. There are several reasons why a woman may wish to reduce the size of her labia majora. This may be due to a large amount of weight loss or discomfort which may occur during certain activities such as horseback riding or bicycle riding.
What is involved?
The procedure by which the labia majora is reduced consists of an incision being made within the labia minora. This allows the surgeon to gain access to the labia majora’s fat beneath. Liposuction can then be used to remove any excess fat. The most important part of the procedure is to ensure that the lips of the labia majora are symmetrical.
After the surgery, recovery is usually quite swift. The procedure uses absorbable sutures so no additional appointment is needed to remove the stitches. The surgeon may recommend the use of a sanitary towel directly following the surgery. During the first week, it is recommended that the patient remain horizontal in bed so as to minimize bleeding, bruising, and swelling around the area of the wound. Additionally, you should use cold packs on the area in order to minimize discomfort. Also, there are some patients who experience stinging during urination. Therefore, until the area is healed, it is recommended to urinate in the shower or while using warm water around the area. You should clean the area frequently as well in order to reduce the chance of infection. Loose underwear should also be worn and tampons and vaginal intercourse should be avoided for 6 weeks after the procedure. It is not common for patients to experience severe side effects from the procedure. The surgeon will always discuss the possible complications during the consultation. The patient should make sure to ask all questions before undergoing the procedure. Regular physical exams will be scheduled with the doctor so that it is ensured that the recovery process goes smoothly. Some potential serious complications, although rare, may include prolonged bleeding, infection, blood clots, and haematomas which may require further surgery.
Although the vast majority of patients are quite satisfied with the procedure, cosmetic surgery does not automatically improve your self image or increase sexual satisfaction. Although the surgery has the potential to increase confidence, don’t expect it to do so right away. Before undergoing the procedure, it is essential to have realistic expectations.