LABIA MINORA REDUCTION
A labia minora reduction (or "labiaplasty") reshapes the patient's stretched or enlarged inner labia. Patients may undergo labia minora reduction for cosmetic reasons, or in some instances to reduce vaginal discomfort.
Labia minora reduction surgery, or labiaplasty, is a remodelling of the enlarged inner lips of the vulva. Enlargement of the labia minora may be apparent from childhood, but most often it is acquired, caused by childbirth, age or infection. It may bother the patient in a functional (wearing clothes, during sports) or in an aesthetic way. The procedure removes skin and mucosa in a way that the scar is barely visible. The procedure may be combined with a clitoral hood reduction (removal of the skin excess around the clitoris) and labia majora surgery.
The procedure typically takes between one to three hours, depending on whether it is performed with additional procedures.
For better results and more comfort, general anaesthesia is the rule for this surgery. However, in some patients, a local anaesthesia may be chosen.
The patient can leave the surgical facility the same day after recovery from anaesthesia.
When the meticulous technique is applied, labia minora reduction is without major side effects. Sometimes (< 5% of cases) breakdown of the wound may occur but healing with local wound care resolves the problem. In some patients, the scar tends to broaden, which can be corrected later.
No important risks are correlated to this type of surgery.
The area may be swollen for 4-6 weeks. Depending on the technique, there may be a colour mismatch that tends to fade after some time. Return to work is possible after one week. Sexual activity is allowed after six to eight weeks.
With the good surgical technique, the results are very satisfying with an improved body image and greater physical comfort.
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The Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa was formed in 1956. It currently has over 169 members from all around South Africa. All our members are fully qualified Plastic surgeons that have been approved for APRASSA membership and will endeavour to provide you with excellent care throughout your plastic surgery journey.