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The labia minora are located inside the vulva, protected by the labia majora. They are reddish in colour and are moist. However, the labia minora of many younger and middle-aged women grow abnormally, protruding from the labia majora and causing functional, hygiene and aesthetic problems.
There are different causes of these alterations, specifically: hormonal alterations during puberty, diverse medications, micro traumas in the area caused by certain sports, multiple pregnancies, etc. The most frequent cause, however, is unknown, as most patients report none of those described above.
This is less frequent than the labia minora reduction, although some women report excessive thickness of the labia majora that might lead to discomfort when performing certain activities or wearing certain types of clothing.
This surgery consists of removing part of the fat and reducing the size of the labia majora for greater balance in the proportion of the vulva while rejuvenating the genital area and reducing any physical or psychological discomfort.
When the labia minora protrude from the majora, they are subject to trauma due to rubbing clothes, when performing different activities, when playing sports, etc. Hypertrophy of the labia minora gives them a cracked, blackish appearance that makes them look older and/or deformed, often giving the woman suffering from it a complex. This hypertrophy very often causes discomfort during sexual intercourse and in the personal, intimate hygiene of patients.
The surgery to reduce the labia minora, known as a reduction labiaplasty, is performed in outpatients under local anaesthesia, although we give most patients a mild sedative to ensure the patient is comfortable and suffers no discomfort or anxiety during surgery. It is a short surgery, after which the patient will be able to return home.
This surgery reduces the size of the labia by removing part of the fat and sometimes part of the skin by making an incision on the inner side of the labia. The goal is to make the proportions of the vulva more balanced, provide a rejuvenated genital area, and reduce any physical or psychological discomfort in the patient.
Labia minora or majora labiaplasty is an outpatient surgery that normally takes from 30 minutes to one hour. It is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation so that the patient is comfortable and suffers no discomfort or anxiety during surgery.
The patient returns home on the same day as the genital surgery.
The results of this surgery are excellent and help women feel more confident and comfortable with their genital area, as they no longer feel any discomfort.
Women can quickly return to work, although rest is recommended over the following 24 hours. The stitches will fall out by themselves 15 days after surgery. The patient can have normal sexual intercourse one month after the labiaplasty.
The end results of the surgery can be seen around one and a half months after surgery.
Postoperative care following labia majora labiaplasty surgery is rather uncomfortable. You must rest for two to four days, depending on the scope of the surgery and on your own capacity to recover. You might feel discomfort and swelling in the area for a several days, which is normal and will go away after a few days. The stitches will fall out by themselves in around two weeks and you can resume sexual intercourse in around one month.
POSTOPERATIVE CARE: AFTER LABIAPLASTY SURGERY
Pelvic rest for two months is recommended, which means using neither tampons or vibrators.
You can shower again immediately afterwards, following your surgeon’s advice. Make sure the area does not remain damp. Use cold air (never hot) from a hair dryer to eliminate any remains of dampness in the area.
You can resume your normal sex life 4 to 6 weeks after your labiaplasty surgery, depending on your progress. Always follow your surgeon’s advice.
Removal of the stitches is not necessary, as they are dissolvable. However, avoid any activities that create strain or sudden movements when bending down to avoid putting strain on them.
If you smoke, you should try to stop before your surgery. This will improve your health and your healing capacity.
It is common for sensitivity to change immediately after labiaplasty surgery, although all the sensitivity will return to the area once the swelling has gone down.
Problems other than the normal soreness in the area are not commonplace, although a catheter is inserted for the first few hours or days when the techniques are more complex to avoid any discomfort.
This will depend on the recovery of each patient, but you should normally wait 4 to 6 weeks.
Your surgeon might give you certain guidelines to clean the area during the first few days. After this, your usual daily hygiene will be sufficient. The use of specific products is recommended, as normal gels or soaps have a pH that might affect and irritate the female genitals.
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