The term labiaplasty refers to a procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora. It is the most commonly performed vaginal rejuvenation procedure, and it can relieve symptoms women experience from twisting and tugging of the labia.
Labia reduction, also called a labiaplasty or labialplasty, is a relatively minor operation that is performed in the clinic. Minor cases can be performed under local anesthetic.
Some of our labiaplasty patients prefer to have the operation performed under general anesthesia, where they are put completely asleep. If you are going to be under general anesthetic, a board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anesthetic, stay with you during the entire labiaplasty operation, and will be there as you wake up.
During the operation, a small amount of labia tissue is carefully removed in order to correct the patient’s problem. Plastic surgery techniques are then used to complete the labiaplasty procedure, including the use of small dissolving stitches.
Following your labiaplasty procedure, you will stay in our recovery room until you are wide awake and ready to go home. If your labiaplasty operation was performed under local only, then you can drive yourself home. However, if you’ve had a general anesthetic, then someone needs to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
The normal female external genitalia have two sets of labia: the labia majora and labia minora. The labia majora are the larger outer lips that are normally formed by hair-bearing skin. The labia minora are the smaller inner lips. They are more delicate and are hairless. Normally, the labia minora protrude slightly beyond the level of the labia majora.
Some women have labia minora that protrude far beyond the level of the labia majora and consider this appearance unattractive or unsightly. Other women find that they have one side of labia larger than the other. In some women, the labia minora protrudes so far they experience discomfort and even pain. This pain can occur when sitting on bikes or stools. Some women experience pain with intercourse. In severe cases, some women may experience pain when running or even walking. Fortunately, this condition can be improved by undergoing labiaplasty.
At our Rattinan clinic in Thailand, we understand that discussing the issue of elongated labia can be delicate and awkward. Our cosmetic gynecologist surgeons will take your concerns seriously, and will treat you with kindness, consideration, and dignity, as we do with all our labiaplasty patients. If you feel more comfortable with a female nurse, we will gladly ensure that one is present during your consultation.
Following your labiaplasty procedure, you will need to wash the area with soap and water regularly and to wear a light pad or sanitary napkin for a week. Although we give all our labiaplasty patients a prescription for pain relief medications, there is actually very little pain associated with this operation.
There will be slight swelling and bruising for a few days, but this subsides quickly. You should not have sex or use a tampon for 3-4 weeks following labiaplasty surgery. The sutures are dissolving sutures and will come out on their own. Most patients tell us that the operation hurt less and was much easier than they thought it would be.
Every operation has risks and potential complications. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients who undergo labiaplasty have no problems with their labiaplasty surgery and are extremely happy with their results. Risks are rare but when they do occur, additional medications or even surgery may be required. Such risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, pain with intercourse, unevenness and deformity. Most of our labiaplasty patients, however, never experience these risks as they are quite rare.
Please keep in mind that at our clinic, we will fix any problem or treat any complication for free. If you have an unsatisfactory result and we think additional surgery will help solve the issue, we will perform the surgery for free.
Labiaplasty surgery can enhance your appearance, make you feel more comfortable and improve your self-confidence. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your labiaplasty surgeon. If your expectations are realistic, chances are good that you’ll be very satisfied with your new look.
When you come in for a free consultation, you will be able to look at a large selection of before and after photos of labiaplasty procedures to get a better idea of potential results.
After seeing hundreds of labiaplasty patients, our plastic surgeons understand how important this labiaplasty procedure is to so many women. Large labia can cause discomfort and embarrassment, but we would like to help. Many of our patients in the past have remarked that they thought this procedure would be out of their price range, but the financing options at the Plastic Surgery Clinic made it achievable and affordable. This is especially important because (although labiaplasty may seem necessary to an individual) OHIP and other provincial and corporate health plans rarely cover the procedure.
To find out more about the cost of labia reduction, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form on the right.
Specializations: Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Medical specialty: Obstetric and Gynecologists
PAST OUTSTANDING WORK EXPERIENCE:
4th-6th July 1994 Course Faculty, Dual Workshops on Hysteroscopic update and Operative Laparoscopy organized by Thai physicians association of America, Inc and Phramongkutklao Hospital, Bangkok
1988-1993 Program assistant of 5th-year medical student, Phramongkutklao Medical College (PMC)
1994-1997 Head of OB-GYN Diagnostic Unit
1994-2000 Program supervisor of 5th-year medical student (PMC)
1999-2000 Staff of Hospital Accreditation
1997-2006 Head of Gynecological Unit
1999-2006 Head of Infertility, Endocrinology and Endoscope Surgery
2001-2006 Educational Quality Assurance Committee (OB-GYN), (PMC )
2001-2006 Research Reader Committee for Board of OB-GYN, the Royal Thai College of OB-GYN
2004-2006 Program supervisor of a 6th.year medical student (PMC)
2005-2006 Head of Gynecologic Surgical Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy Center
2006 Administrative Staff of Health for all and social welfare, Phramongkutklao Hospital