Labia surgery, also referred to as labia reduction is a highly specialized procedure to enhance and reduce the size of the labia minora.

The main purpose of performing labiaplasty is to reduce the size and reshape the external labia. Labia surgery is not the same as vaginoplasty. Labial unevenness or large labia may cause physical discomfort or embarrassment. This surgery will correct these issues.

Most labial cosmetic surgery can be performed in the office in an outpatient setting.

Labioplasty usually requires a local anesthetic and is done on an outpatient basis. The actual surgery takes about two hours.

During surgery, larger or uneven inner vaginal lips are cut and shortened using specialized scissors, a scalpel or a laser. In addition, if it is needed then the labia majora on the outside of the body can be reduced with either surgery or liposuction. A hoodectomy, which exposes the clitoris in an attempt to increase sexual stimulation, may be performed at the same time.

The appropriate incision location depends on many individual factors, including the configuration, texture and size of the labia. The doctor will then suture the incision closed with dissolvable stitches.

After surgery, you can't have intercourse for about four weeks, and your genitals will be tender and swollen for several weeks. Labia and the surrounding area may be slightly bruised.

Oral medications can reduce pain. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection. You will be asked to stop any heavy, strenuous exercise for three or more weeks after surgery. Also you cannot use tampons for 10 days after the surgery. While recovering, you will need to wear a pad for one week or less, due to the bleeding that results.

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