- Other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures
- Skin lesions & skin cancer surgery: excisions & reconstruction
- Labia minora reduction/ labial reduction
- Post-massive weight loss surgery
- Expanded ear lobe & split ear lobe surgery
- Scar revision & scar surgery
- Facial contouring
- Non-surgical enhancements
- Lip Augmentation or Lip Enhancement
Labia Minora Reduction
Labia minora reduction is undertaken surgically usually under general anaesthetic. Abnormally enlarged or unequal labia minora can be the result of normal variation in size or be caused by chronic irritation, intake of male hormones, persistent manual stretching or weight attachment.
Physically the enlarged labia minora can cause inflammation, poor hygiene, and interference with coitus or urinary self-catheterization. Discomfort may occur during walking, cycling, sitting.
Emotionally they can induce embarrassment and self-consciousness either sexually or when a woman wears tight shorts/trousers/swim wear. Enlarged labia minora can lead to loss of self-confidence & self-esteem, besides interfering with formation of relationships with members of the opposite sex. Surgical reduction is performed if the enlarged labia minora are causing the patient to be self-conscious or are causing physical problems or are very unequal in size.
Depending on how severe the deformity is Professor Malata will perform a wedge or elliptical or W-shaped excision of the protruding labial tissue before suturing the edges with absorbable stitches
To view the cosmetic results of surgery as shown in Professor Malata’s publication on labial reduction please click below.
As in any cosmetic surgery, there are benefits, risks and the final results are not guaranteed. The chance of complications following labia minora reduction depends on the type of operation and other factors such as your general health. Professor Malata will explain how the risks apply to you. Detailed postoperative instructions will be discussed during consultation and a procedure-specific handout given to you by Professor Malata.
Some risks of labia minora reduction:
Bruising and swelling – common
Bleeding ± haematoma – uncommon
Acute retention of urine - occasional
Wound breakdown if sutures give way: rare.
Altered sensation: temporary
Pulling sensation during sexual intercourse: rare
Persistent irritation ± discomfort during walking etc, from the suture line
Mild residual asymmetry: preop asymmetry is common
Under-correction / Over-resection
Occasional need for revisional surgery: distortion of labia, breakdown, under-resection
Distortion of urethral orifice by possible over-resection.
Alternatives to labia minora reduction surgery:
No surgery : reassurance that extension beyond labia majora can be a normal variation in size
Frequent washing, creams, etc, : may help reduce the irritation
Baggy underwear or sports wear : can be effectively used to hide the flabby / long labia
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (Labial Reduction)
LENGTH OF SURGERY
3/4 - 1 hour
General anaesthetic or regional anaesthetic
NO. OF NIGHTS IN HOSPITAL
0 - 1 night
1 week until socialising with close friends and family
1 week until driving and back to work
2 – 4 weeks until bruising and swelling subsided
3 – 4 weeks before resumption of intercourse
3 – 4 weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities
6 – 8 weeks until final result
DURATION OF RESULTS
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